May 5th, 2017
SAS Creative announced that Carthage will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on May 17, 2017. Carthage is a deckbuilding board game, in which players move around a hex-based arena and face off in gladiatorial warfare to earn crowd favor, gain armor, and battle to the death. Luke Seinen, the designer of Carthage states, “The board game community really needs a good Gladiator game. A game that makes you feel the fear, risk, and adrenaline of being in a gladiatorial contest. Carthage answers that call!”
Featuring a beautiful Graphic Novel art style, this game uses blended mechanics of deckbuilding, hand management, and ruthless “take-that” combat. Also included, is a unique modular ruleset which allows players to play game matchmaker, altering the game complexity, playtime, and strategic depth.
Luke Seinen and his wife run SAS Creative, an indie graphic design company in Edmonton, Canada. Through his company, he had the rare opportunity to not only conceive and develop his game, but to also personally handle all of the design and graphics. “I love that from start to finish, I was able to have a directive hand in all elements of the game,” said Luke Seinen.
Enter the Theater of Carthage
Under its fifty imposing arches, each etched with masterful illustrations of man and beast, the Carthaginian theater awakens. Crowds flood inside to witness the grand spectacle of axe against gladius, of life pitted against death: where speed, skill and the favor of the crowds determine one’s fate; where any move can be one’s last. Feeding the hunger of its audience, blade strikes blade and meets flesh. As the sun grows in the Mediterranean sky, gladiators fall, one after another, their bodies echoes of their former strength and glory. Now, it’s your turn!
You step into the arena. The salty sea air mixed with the pungent aroma of sweat and blood burns your nostrils. Having saluted the fickle crowd, you turn to face your opponents. Grim looks of determination meet your gaze. Victory or defeat, only one of you will leave this arena. Victory or defeat, history will remember your name in Carthage.
Number of players: 2-5
Time Required: 30-60 minutes