Today saw the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for a new game from first-time designer Luke Seinen of SAS Creative. In Carthage, 2-5 players enter the arena of gladiatorial combat in a battle to the (figurative) death. Armed only with a deck of cards, players will take turns playing action cards from their starting decks to move their gladiator miniatures around the arena and execute lethal moves on the other combatants. In so doing, players will earn coveted favor from the crowd to better their starting decks with stronger and nastier actions, eliminate weak cards from their decks, or reuse global effects through Theater cards that set the conditions of each turn’s battle.
Each player starts with a basic deck of 10 cards, but can use favor to purchase better and stronger weapons and armor from the card market. The game ends with pure elimination until the last player standing. However, eliminated players are never totally out of the game because they can return to the fight as Arena Beasts and wreak havoc on the remaining fighters.
The Kickstarter campaign is set to conclude on June 17, 2017, with delivery of the game scheduled for March 2018. Check out the Kickstarter for more information.