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Sunday, 18 May 2014

First game of Jugula




First game of Jugula

Second game of Jugula

My gladiator collection - mainly unpainted!

Josh's gladiator collection



On Sunday I met Josh at the Vikings Club for the monthly meeting of the Capital Region Wargames Club. We played three games of Jugula, the recently released Studio Tomahawk gladiator rules. These rules are card driven and the players (two to four) are lanistae each with a ludus of gladiators. The gladiators are two or four in number,  chosen from twelve different common types and classed as either light or heavy. There are three types of card used in the game and each individual player needs a set of these cards to play.

There are twelve Armaturae cards which have the different armour and equipment types, particular traits and the actual stats of each gladiator. The reverse side is used if you are wounded and has the same information but at a reduced level, usually by one. There are twelve Jugula cards which are what you use mainly, with a reshuffle of your discard deck, once you have played them all. The twelve Prima Jugula cards are more powerful than the standard Jugula cards and choosing one of these is one of five options you have to play with each card.

Jugula is innovative and quite tactical and is really designed to be played as a campaign. About half of the rule book covers this but it works fine just as a quick pick up game. 28mm figures or the lovely new GB 35mm gladiators are all OK. The rules have a printed arena (8 by 8 squares) included with them but you do need at least two sets of cards to play.We found a couple of dice handy when working out our respective attack and defence scores.

Speaking of which Josh slaughtered me in three straight games. The four gladiator games certainly offer  more potential for ganging up on individuals and I found, to my cost that being up against the wall, is a one way ticket out of the arena. Thanks to Josh for a fun introduction to Jugula and a lesson on how to use the cards!

Below are two photos of recently painted gladiators, all are Crusader figures except for the final figure on the right in the bottom photo, which is by Foundry. The different gladiator types are, left to right, in the top photo, a Secutor, Veles, Thraex (Thracian), Lacqearius, Hoplomachus, Saggitarius and Provocator. In the bottom photo we have a Scissor or Contra-Retiarius, Murmillo, Retiarius, Crupellarius, Veles and Lacqearius.







Below are a few photos of the other games played at the club on Sunday .


Clinton's computer moderated ACW sea & land game

Greg and Ian's Regimental Fire & Fury ACW game



Craig's Ronin ambush scenario


13 comments:

  1. Thanks for an excellent review, I must say I am very tempted.

    The board actually has a nice look to it and with gladiators you don't need loads of figures to get started into another period. I also like card driven games and as this is a board game I might actually be able to get the family to join in with this at xmas instead of the usual none wargaming board games that we play.

    Thanks for sharing, it ticks all the boxes.

    Pat.

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  2. Thanks Pat, yes you only need 4-8 gladiators for two sides and there is the whole campaign aspect of the rules which looks like a lot of fun. I think it ticks all the boxes too.

    Mike

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  3. Jugula's looking very nice, beautiful figures and a great briefcase too!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I think it will be very popular.

      Mike

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  4. Great looking games and gladiators. Thanks for the run down on the rules - I had seen the title of the game, but nothing else, until now. Card driven does sound interesting, but might get expensive if more than one deck is needed - as you suggested. I will have to research these rules a bit, as I've been looking to get my gladiators in the arena! Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean you only need 4 - 8 gladiators, the rules and two sets of cards, so it is not too bad. Given the success of Saga I'm sure there will be future supplement for this as well.

      Mike

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  5. Hey there Mike, yeah I concur with DeanM this game title looks interesting to follow up and collect/paint gladiator miniatures during the year.
    Thanks for sharing an interesting post. cheers

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    1. Also I like the ACW photos of the Confederates dug in... nice

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  6. Thanks Phil, there're definitely a fun and interesting set of rules. The 35mm GB gladiators are very nice too, although there are plenty of nice 28mm gladiators available.

    Mike

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  7. Nice looking gladiators you have there!

    Christopher

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  8. I've dabbled in gladiator rules in the last 2 years and none have really caught on. I'm interested in Jugula after your review. Maybe the card driven aspect lifts it above the rest? Thanks for the review!

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  9. Same here Monty - I have a large collection of gladiator rules that aren't that great. Jugula is a clever and innovative set of rules and the cards are the core of the system. I think it will catch on be quite popular but it takes a few games to get the hang of it...

    Mike

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