|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|