Chariots of Rome

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Quick Overview

Only the whims of the Gods and the skill of the aurigae will determine who the victor will be!

Front cover

  • Front cover
  • Map
  • Chariot mats
  • Counters and markers

Details

Rome, 10 BC: Caesar Augustus has erected a mighty obelisk in the center of the enormous Circus Maximus in tribute to his conquest of Egypt. Banners of the Red, White, Green, and Blue factions wave in the stands as the fans cheer on their favorite drivers and teams. Here will be tested the skill of the drivers (aurigae - that's you!) and the caprice of the gods. There can be only one victor! The chariots are taking their starting places, and soon the thunder of numerous quadriga, four-horse-drawn chariots racing at breakneck speeds, will echo among the crowd of 250,000.

Banners of the Red, White, Green, and Blue factions wave in the stands as the fans cheer on their favorite drivers and teams. Soon, the thunder of a dozen quadriga, four-horse-drawn chariots, will roar as they race at breakneck speeds. Only the whims of the gods and the skill of the drivers, or aurigae, will determine the victor.

Chariots of Rome, from designer Sean Young, is a simple (yet brutal) competitive chariot-racing board game for 2 to 8 cunning drivers set in ancient Rome's grand stadium, the Circus Maximus. Each player controls a unique charioteer character and competes on the giant track for two or more laps. Players can also drive with one of four teams (of two chariots), each representing a different historical Roman racing faction.

But there is more to winning the laurel wreath of victory than handling dangerous corners! Charioteers can whip and ram their opponents to dramatically hinder them during the race (much to the crowd’s delight). The gods are watching, too, along with the tens of thousands in the crowd, and they might be inclined to influence the race in their favor!

So mount your chariot, tie the reins around your waist, tightly grasp your whip, and pay tribute to Caesar in Chariots of Rome!

What's In The Box?:


•   One X-page, full-color Rulebook
•   1 Stadium Map
•   12 Charioteer Cards
•   21 Fate Cards
•   64 Action Cards
•   8 Initiative Cards
•   8 Chariot Tokens
•   8 Chariot Mats
•   8 Rattled Markers
•   8 Tactics Markers
•   8 Endurance Markers
•   8 Speed Level Markers
•   8 Lap Markers
•   8 Start Markers
•   8 Wreck Markers
•   3 Debris Markers
•   1 Egg marker
•   1 Dolphin marker
•   1 six-sided Fate die
•   1 six-sided Tri die

Credits:


Game Design: Sean Young
Development: Alan Emrich, Nathan Hansen, Stephen Palachio
Documentation: Alan Emrich
Graphic Design: Noelle Le Bienvenu, Barry Pike III
Illustrations: Chelsea Autio
Publisher: Victory Point Games
Marketing: Grant Taylor
Producer: Deon Carrico
Playtesting: Pierre Belca, Mike Bencomo, Moe Carlson, Siôn Rodriguez y Gibson, Tania Goodheart, Greg Hernandez, Elizabeth Finnegan, Niles Livingston, Kevin McKee, Josh Ledford, James Baca, Shawn Bernard, Pascal Bons, Phil Fleischmann, Taylor Flynn, Mike Fryer, Nathan Hansen, Clayton Hayles, Chris Janquart, Alejandro Komai, Jeremy Lennert, Stephanie Marroquin, Noah Massaro, Lance McMillan, Derrick Nguyen, Michael Stultz, Heath Taylor, Lance Taylor, Craig Tenhoff, Jay Vales, Ian Wakeham, Roger Yang, Lewis Young, Sheri Young
Proofreading: Bill Barrett, John Ferrari, Noelle Le Bienvenu, Linda Daley Paulson, Petra Schlunk, Leigh Toms, Karen Wolterman

Game Resources

(Rules require a PDF viewer installed in your browser, or right-click to download and open with a PDF reader)

Game Data

Number of Players 2-8
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 60-120 minutes
Difficulty 4
Solitaire Suitability 1 (not suitable)
Designer Sean Young
Developer Alan Emrich

Reviews

Death Race: Chariots of Rome Review by Nick South (Gaming Trend)
Chariots of Rome recreates the frantic and brutal nature of a chaotic chariot race. You take on the role of a Roman chariot racer battling against opponents who will do whatever it takes to defeat you. Managing both your horses’ endurance and your own mettle are crucial to surviving to the finish line, as the game forces you to time your risks appropriately. Push too hard for speed, and you may run out of steam short of victory. Play too cautiously to conserve health, and you will find yourself well behind the pack. Maneuvering through the crowd is difficult enough, but the game takes a deliciously nasty turn with the ability to attack your fellow racers. Whipping and ramming your opponents can cause damage or even swerve your opponent off course. Yet, even attacks can backfire, causing you to lose valuable ground or health. Chariots of Rome is all about risk versus reward, and it works brilliantly.