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Colosseum Board Game


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  • Colosseum is suitable for 3 to 5 players
  • ages 10 and up
  • playing time 60 to 90 minutes. Ranked #165 on www.BoardGameGeek.com
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 3 x 12 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B000OVT6EG
  • Item model number: DOW7701
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,214 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product Description

In Colosseum you are 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!

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Well designed, well made.
Matt Rowe
If you've played The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, or similar games, you probably will like this game too.
Neera
Also, the game plays quickly.
Christopher K. Halbower

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christopher K. Halbower on November 12, 2009
Days of Wonder has struck gold with their game "Colosseum". Wolfgang Kramer (designer of "El Grande") and Markus Lübke teamed up to create this high quality and highly engineered game.

Players take on the role of a colosseum event planner. Your goal: to put on a spectacle so awe inspiring that you draw the largest crowd. The player with the highest amount of spectators at any one of their events is declared the winner.

There are five turns in the game. Each turn is broken down into five phases. The first phase allows players to invest. Will you expand your arena? Maybe you should buy some season tickets to beef up your spectator score. Or you could buy an emperor's loge which gives you the ability to move the Emperor or Senators into your arena.

In phase two, players purchase asset tokens. Each program requires certain assets (such as comedians, musicians, lions, horses, etc). The more assets you have, the more spectators you will attract. Players bid on the assets of their choice. The highest bidder gets the assets.

Players are allowed to trade assets with other players in phase three. During phase 4, you will be putting on your event. You score points based upon how many spectators you attract. Collect your coins. Then it's phase five which is an upkeep phase. After five turns, the player with the highest score is the winner.

This game has a lot going for it. The production values are high. There are lots of bits and the bits are of high quality. The box comes with a tray that holds everything. Indeed, there is even a picture with instructions on how to store your nice new "Colosseum" game. The board and tiles are beautiful. The player aids have all the information you need to play. The icons are easily recognized by color and image.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Plantikow on October 20, 2008
I'm a board game fanatic, and I love games with strategy and lots and lots of bits. This game delivers.

There are tons of tiles, cards, tokens, and colosseum parts, and a big board, all very sturdy and nice looking. There's a cloth bag to hold the tiles. The box is packaged very well and even includes a sheet to explain where all the parts go (to make sure you can get it all back in the box).

This is just a shade more complicated to learn than games like Ticket to Ride, but it's easy once you get the hang of it. There is some fairly easy strategy and decision making, and there is some auctioning and trading, but again it's very controlled (shouldn't be much bickering). Figure out how to upgrade your colosseum, gather the resources you need, and put on the best show possible to score the most points and win.

My only disappointment is its not a two player game (3 to 5 only)--sometimes I have trouble finding a group to play. Definitely recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ChaCha on December 20, 2007
Well constructed. Seems complicated at first, but quickly catches on... a lot of strategy...

I wasn't that interested in it from the game description, but my husband got it and I absolutely adore it. Forces you to make decisions like "which upgrade will help me out most in the end," and "Should I even upgrade or save my money for resources because if I don't get the resources I won't be able to make as much money this turn, but if I don't get the upgrade now, I'll never be able to get any higher than such and such a level."

Game consists of 5 rounds, each of which has 5 steps (takes longer than you think), involves trading with others. There are multiple ways of making money in the 5th step- which is important for investing, but which means absolutely nothing to you at the end of the game if it is still in your hand.

A different game in that each of the 5 rounds are scored separately... Your score does not cumulate or add to the previous scores- neither is it a "best 3/5" rounds type of game... but simply the best score of any player in any round wins...

It is not uncommon for you to make less points than a previous round one time in the game, but So far that I've played, the winner has always been someone who made the most points in the last round.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neera on May 13, 2010
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As a fan of strategy board games, Colosseum does not disappoint. If you've played The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, or similar games, you probably will like this game too.

Colosseum is a 3-5 player game in which your goal is to put on the best event possible with the most spectators in your arena. In 5 rounds, you must strategize your way to having enough cash to buy expansions, new events and bid on assets (e.g. gladiators, decorations, etc) in order to put on the most spectacular event by the last round. Additionally, there are important men that travel the board (with your help and the other players) that, should they be seated in your arena during your performance, will give you additional spectators.

It sounds really complicated. Reading the rules and understanding them is quite time consuming. 4 of us 30 somethings took about 2 1/2 hours to get through our first game, and we struggled to understand the strategy we should use and how intensely we should get into the bidding wars for assets. But by round 5, we were hooked. The game takes 60-90 minutes once you know what you're doing. In essence, this game has a steep learning curve, but it is worth the patience it requires to learn.

Also, give yourself 1/2 hour+ to remove all the pieces from the perforated cardboard when it arrives. There are a TON of pieces. But they fit pretty nicely into the box, so don't worry about losing any.

The game pieces themselves are incredibly well made. Over time, other games have pieces that bend, wear off, or just break. Colosseum comes with sturdy pieces, several of which are wooden. Generally this thing is built to last.

Overall, it's a great strategy game. I highly recommend it!
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