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Colosseum Board Game

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  • ages 10 and up
  • playing time 60 to 90 minutes. Ranked #165 on www.BoardGameGeek.com
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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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Product Dimensions 12 x 3 x 12 inches
Item Weight 6 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.9 pounds
Item model number DOW7701
Manufacturer recommended age 10 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #486,708 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#11,858 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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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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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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Colosseum is a fun game. Other reviewers gave better descriptions of game play than I would be able to, so I won't attempt to delve into the finer points of rules here. Colosseum fits into the non-traditional, creative board game genre we've come to expect from Days of Wonder.

Here are the things I like about it:
- Beautifully and richly illustrated board and pieces
- The money and various tile pieces are made of durable, thick compressed cardboard
- Game play is fun and engaging
- You can play with up to 5 players
- Rules are somewhat detailed, but after going through 2 or 3 of the five rounds, the strategy is fairly intuitive
- Nicely organized box to keep the many, many pieces compartmentalized
- The nature of the game allows for many choices during game play, making it so you never play the same game twice. There are several strategies to choose from, and it is fun to see what works and what doesn't from one game to the next.

Things I don't like about it:
- There are SO many pieces. This means set up takes a relatively long time and there are a lot of little tiles and rules you have to explain when teaching someone to play. The benefit of all the different pieces, of course, is that they offer more strategies to choose from to keep game play fresh.
- My husband and I played this game with various friends and family, and it got to the point where we didn't want to introduce it to new people because explaining the rules is such a chore. If you are going to be playing with the same group of people, this won't be an issue as it is fairly easy to pick up on after you've played once, but explaining the game to someone new every time you play gets exhausting.
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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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