Renowned artist Kwanchai Moriya (known for Catacombs and Dinosaur Island) has teamed up with designer Conor McGoey (known for Summit: The Board Game) to produce the goriest, trick-taking, card game of Gladiatorial Combat to hit Kickstarter. Gorus Maximus is produced by Inside Up Games, the game plays for 20-45 minutes and supports 2-8 players, aged 13+.
Players create a deck specific to the number of players then each player is dealt 10 cards to form their Troupe. The first card of the round sets the Preferred School, while the first card of the bout sets the Initiating School. Going clockwise, each player contributes 1 gladiator to the bout following the Initiating School, or a gladiator matching the rank of the last gladiator player which changes trump immediately. The strongest Preferred Gladiator wins, otherwise the strongest Initiating Gladiator wins. The winner of the bout leads the next bout setting the Initiating School, while the Preferred School continues between bouts. Cards won contribute to the Crowd Favor which is calculated after 10 bouts of play, with the winner receiving 1 Crowd Support. The first player to reach 3 Crowd Support wins.
There are also 2-player and team-play variants of the game.
Gorus Maximus requires a base pledge of $15 (excluding shipping) for the game but you can opt for a premium edition for $20. The Kickstarter campaign is running until Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 with expected delivery in October 2018.