A bloody trick-taking game of gladiatorial combat, in which the trump suit can change mid-trick!

Gorus Maximus can be played with 1-8 players, every man/woman for themselves or in teams. For brave contenders aged 8 and up, taking 30-45 minutes.

Dispatch your strongest gladiators and most ferocious beasts to excite the blood-thirsty masses and earn their support!

Challenge: By matching the rank of the last gladiator to enter the arena and the trump suit will change immediately!

Collect gladiators with positive crowd favour and ignore those with negative favour. The player with the most Crowd Favour at the end of each round will will a Token from the Crowd.

The first player to collect 3 Crowd Support wins the game.

When the sun sets on the soiled battlefield, you want the spectators chanting your name. Give them the a gruesome show, and earn the title: Champion of Gorus Maximus!


Setting the Scene…

  The year is 66 B.C. and gladiator games are at their most violent and bloody. Craving more political power, you excite the masses by announcing Gorus Maximus: Exceptionally bloody games.

  You approach the owners of five gladiator schools to recruit their strongest gladiators and most ferocious beasts. These games will also allow you to do away with the criminals, deserters, and nay-sayers standing in your way.

  Unfortunately, you are not the only one with such schemes! As the games draw near, you hear of political opponents with similar plans: to sacrifice gladiators for crowd favour and political support. Each of you will dispatch gladiators, ensuring the most exciting and gruesome games.

  You are confident great things await you… And it will be well worth all the blood on your hands!