Legatus is an original, two-player, abstract strategy game. It’s themed on the armies of ancient Rome, and players take turns to move pieces such as Hastati, Equites and Onagers across the board as they attempt to capture their opponent’s “Legatus Legionis” - the commander of the Legion.
Legatus is a pure strategy game, so there are no luck-based features such as rolling dice or drawing cards. Players must use tactics and strategy to outmanoeuvre their opponent, capture enemy pieces, protect their own, and advance towards their enemy’s Legatus.
Legatus has taken two years to create and refine. It’s been designed to give the attacker the advantage, incentivising bold and aggressive moves to keep the game progressing at an enjoyable pace whilst preventing the possibility of gridlock between defensive positions. It takes approximately one hour to play, and the rules have been thoroughly tested to ensure that they hold up against all potential scenarios. As with other pure strategy games, Legatus offers excellent replay-ability by giving players the opportunity to develop and refine winning strategies over the course of many games as they learn how to make the most effective use of their pieces.
The prototype artwork displayed here is for demonstration only, and the purpose of this campaign is to raise the funds necessary to pay for the final and much more detailed artwork, in addition to financing the first large batch order from the manufacturer.
Check out the GameBoyGeek's Preview of Legatus on Youtube! -
About the Designer
Hi! I’m Ben. I’m a huge fan of board games of all types, but I’ve always tended to prefer those that are more strategic than luck based. Some examples of my favourites include classics such as Chess, Draughts, Hive, and L’Attaque. I’ve always found these sorts of games to be more challenging, more engaging, and much more fun! If you like these sorts of game too, then Legatus is something you should check out! It follows a similar style and pattern to other two-player strategy games, but with a range of new and original twists, as you’ll be able to see in the videos.
I work full-time, and Legatus has been a hugely enjoyable project in my evenings and weekends. I have a lot of friends, family and playtest groups to thank for the endless hours they have spent playing different versions of the game and contributing towards its development. Countless different rules, layouts, pieces, board sizes and terrain types have all been considered and play-tested, and the game has evolved and improved over time to become something I’m truly proud of.
I really enjoy playing Legatus and hope you will too!
Risks and challenges
This is quite a simple product and project to take to completion, and no major complications are anticipated. The next stages are finalising the artwork, followed by bulk manufacture and shipping, and then finally delivery to the end customers.
End customer delivery costs are the most difficult to exactly predict, as it will depend on the locations of those who make pledges, but the anticipated cost has been factored into the campaign's financial target and pledge values.
A delivery target of September 2019 has been chosen for the first units to be shipped, but we will do everything we can to get them out to our supporters much sooner!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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