Rating: 7.2 Good
Popularity:17
Difficulty:Easy
Year:2007
Players: 3-5 players
Playing time: 60-90 minutes
Age:10+

Created by: Wolfgang Kramer, Markus Lübke, Cyrille Daujean, Jacqui Davis, Julien Delval, Daniel Solis

Published by: Days of Wonder, Tasty Minstrel Games, Edge Entertainment

Description:

As commanded by the Emperor, the greatest celebration in Roman history has continued unabated for 99 days. All of Rome has borne witness to the grandest spectacles the empire has ever seen - all to commemorate the opening of the Amphitheatrum Flavium

The Colosseum. Tens of thousands have flocked to the city to experience the sight of a hundred gladiators in battle... rare and exotic animals prowling the arena floor... and to hear and see the greatest musicians and entertainers from throughout the empire.

But these events have only been a prelude to today - the closing finale! As a master impresario you have prepared for this moment your entire life. Titus himself has taken his seat in the Emperor's Loge. At the drop of his hand, the final spectacle will begin. Your moment in the sun has come...

In Colosseum each player is a Roman impresario - producing great spectacles in his or her arena in the hopes of attracting the most spectators. Players earn wealth and glory for each event run, using it to create ever more ambitious events.

They will need to improve their arena, find the best performers, lure the Emperor and his nobles, and manage assets for long-term success to be granted the title of Grand Impresario, with tales of your extraordinary spectacles acclaimed throughout the empire.

As commanded by the Emperor, the greatest celebration in Roman history has continued unabated for 99 days. All of Rome has borne witness to the grandest spectacles the empire has ever seen- all to commemorate the opening of the Amphitheatrum Flavium, the Colosseum.

Tens of thousands have flocked to the city to experience the sight of a hundred gladiators in battle...rare and exotic animals prowling the arena floor...and to hear and see the greatest musicians and entertainers from throughout the empire.

But these events have only been a prelude to today - the closing finale! As a master impresario you have prepared for this moment your entire life. Titus himself has taken his seat in the Emperor's Loge. At the drop of his hand, the final spectacle will begin. Your moment in the sun has come...

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Awards:
Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee 2008
Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee 2008
International Gamers Awards - General Strategy; Multi-player Nominee 2007
Golden Geek Best Gamer's Board Game Nominee 2007
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In Colosseum you act as a Roman impresario - producing great spectacles in your arena in the hope of attracting the most spectators to your events. You'll earn wealth and glory for each event you run, using it to build ever more ambitious events.

Attract the most spectators to one of your events and you'll be granted the title of Grand Impresario, with tales of your extraordinary spectacles acclaimed throughout the empire.

Components

  • 1 Rules Booklet
  • 1 Game Board
  • 10 Arena pieces & Expansions
  • 5 Emperor's Loges
  • 10 Season Tickets
  • 1 Emperor, 2 Consul and 3 Senator miniatures
  • 80 Roman Coins
  • 4 Podiums
  • 152 Event Asset Tokens and Storage Bag
  • 7 Star Performer Awards
  • 30 Event Programs
  • 18 Emperor Medals
  • 6 Help Sheets

Setup

Place the game board in the center of the table. Prior to playing for the first time, punch out all the Roman coins and place them alongside the board. These make up the public bank that will be used throughout the game. …



Previous Events

During the game a player will produce many different events starting with simple ones and moving to more ambitious events. Each time a new event is presented, the Event Program of any previously produced events is turned over and counts for 5 additional spectators until the game ends.

A player may choose to repeat events that they have produced in previous turns. In this case, the player turns the older Event Program face up to show she is producing that event. Any other previously produced events still count as 5 additional spectators. …



Intense Auctions

This variant changes Phase 2 of the game turn: Acquiring Event Asset Tokens.

In the variant, each player, in turn order, will have a chance to initiate a bidding round. Additionally, players who have already won one or more auctions during the phase may still participate in and bid, once the player initiating the auction changes.

This variant changes the auctions as follows:

  • The opening bid must be 8 coins or higher.
  • Moving clockwise each player can make a higher bid.
  • If a player steps out of the bidding round, she cannot rejoin the bidding for that market.
  • If the initiating player does not win the bidding round, and decides to restart another auction on a different market, the previous winner can no longer participate.
  • The market is not refilled until the initiating player wins a bidding round or decides to pass her turn.
  • If the winner of the bid is the initiating player, new Asset Tokens are placed on the empty market(s) and the next player becomes the initiating player. All players can now bid again following the same rules.
  • The phase ends when every player has had a chance to initiate a bidding round for that turn. Players may decide to pass on their chance to initiate biddings.

Here is an example with 3 players A, B and C. …




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