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About this project

Four will enter the arena, but only one can become a hero.  Will YOU be the last one standing?

Arena of Heroes pits two to four players against each other in a great melee battle to the death.  Each player starts in a corner, acquires items, and uses the movement and combat cards to fight it out in the arena.

Movement cards allow you to move around the arena and gain the proper advantage against your opponents. 

Combat cards allow you to attack your opponents as well as defend against attacks launched at you.  

Item cards allow you to increase the effectiveness of the combat cards by giving bonuses to attack or defense. 

Arena of Heroes has been designed, play-tested, and is ready for you!

If you'd like more information on the rules, the English version can be downloaded here.

Here is an "actual play" video showing the pace of the game and the various mechanics.

How do I know Arena of Heroes is for me?

That's a great question.  During the design process of Arena of Heroes, we playtested it with several different groups, hundreds of times, refining the rules and game mechanics.  In the end, we made sure everything works as expected, there wasn't a single "cheap" way to win every time, and everyone playing the game has fun!

Arena of Heroes is easy to learn with only 3 types of cards, but the strategies available are infinite.  You have the ability to play any and all of your cards on a turn, so it is not uncommon for someone to sprint across the arena, dealing blows to the other combatants.  Another approach is to be conservative with your moves and attacks, while building up the perfect combination of cards to get you into the right spot on the board for maximum damage to your opponents.

If this is such a great game, why do you need funding?

Another great question!  At this time, we are only able to offer products through various print-on-demand services.  This is extremely more expensive than being able to do a large print run with a print shop...which means if you help with funding, this will be more economical for us and cheaper prices for you!  In the end, we hope to release Arena of Heroes for around $40 to $50 a copy.  By backing us on Kickstarter, you can get a copy of the game and other great rewards for cheaper than the target retail price!

How much is shipping in the USA?

Shipping is FREE for all backers in the United States!

I don't live in the USA, can I still help fund Arena of Heroes?

Short answer: YES YOU CAN!

Long answer: Shipping to Canada is an extra $5, other locations will need to add an extra $15 for shipping.  The game will only be released with a print version of the rules in English, but Spanish and German will be available via digital download.  Be sure to add this additional shipping to your funding pledge.

EDIT: Backers at the $35 level and higher have an additional prize added, see Update #5 for more information!

New pledge levels added at $90 and $200, see Update #6 for more information!

See what others are saying about Arena of Heroes:
Review from SinisterForces.com
Mentioned on Gnomestew.com
Review from Home of Kindros

Reward change: $10 or more - your name in the manual, adjusted!
As the pledge levels show, anyone who pledges $10 or more will be listed in the manual.  I've decided to list each pledge level separately under the following Roman gladiator types (only the type will be listed in the manual, not the translation or definition):

$10 - Praegenarii: Mock Gladiator. These were used as an opening act to get the crowd in the mood. They used a wooden sword (Rudis) and wore wrappings around the body. As they fought, they were accompanied by light-hearted comical music.

$25 - Noxii: Criminal.  These were condemned criminals who fought each other. Sometimes one had a weapon and was blindfolded while the other was unarmed but had no blindfold. Sometimes they both fought with blindfolds with two referees (and the audience) giving them directions. The audience was known to yell wrong directions at times for their own amusement.

$35 - Velites: Skirmishers. Fought on foot, each holding a spear with an attached thong for throwing.


$50 - Rudiarii: Free Gladiators.  A gladiator who had won his freedom (received his wooden sword or rudis) but chose to remain a gladiator. Not all continued to fight and there was a hierarchy of rudiarii such as trainers, helpers, referees, fighters etc. These were very popular with the public as they were experienced and could be relied on to provide a good show.

$75 -  Hoplomachi: Shield Fighters. From the Greek "ὁπλομάχος" (armed fighters). They wore quilted, trouser-like leg wrappings, maybe made from linen, a loincloth, a belt, a pair of long shin-guards or greaves, an arm guard (manica) on the left arm, and a brimmed helmet that could be adorned with a plume of feathers on top and a single feather on each side. Equipped with a gladius and a very small, round shield made of one sheet of thick bronze (an example from Pompeii survives) and a spear, (which the gladiator would have to cast before closing for hand to hand combat). 

$90 - Essedarii: War-chariot fighters.  From the Latin word for a Celtic war-chariot, Esseda. Likely first brought to Rome from Britain by Caesar. Essedarii appear as arena-fighters in many inscriptions after the first century A.D.

$125 - Bestiarii: Animal Fighters.  Men specializing in fighting various types of exotic, imported beasts with spears. The fights were arranged in such a way that there was a small chance the animal would win.On occasion condemned criminals also fought animals in the arena, but under less favored conditions. Bestiarii were technically not considered gladiators as they did not fight other men.

$200 or greater - Andabatae: Horesback Fighters.  From the Greek “ἀναβάται” (ascensores) because they fought on horseback. They wore mail like eastern cavalry (Cataphracti) and wore visored helmets without eye holes. They charged at one another on horseback similar to a medieval joust but without being able to see each other.

Take a look at Update #8 for the map and more information about the top three pledge levels!

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    All previous rewards, but instead of a second copy of Arena of Heroes (added at the $75 pledge level), you receive a Travel Version. This version will come with all the life tokens, cards, rules, and player pawns but instead of a box and game board, it includes a bag designed by Lyndsay Peters of DragonChow.com that will unfold to become the game board.

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    All previous rewards (except designing a weapon card, plus your choice of the second copy as the normal version or travel version), as well as the ONE AND ONLY alpha prototype copy of Arena of Heroes signed by me. Functionally, the board and cards are the same, but there are a few differences in the prototype board print, notably the "life tokens" spot is on the left instead of the right and the artwork on the back of the board is different. Also, the cards have a black border on both sides. This single copy would not include any of the additional cards from the other pledge levels.

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    All previous rewards (except the alpha copy and designing a weapon card) as well as two additional copies of Arena of Heroes, rules for running a tournament for 6 to 32 players, and a large, full color tournament bracket poster, laminated for use with dry-erase markers. Your choice if the four copies are the standard boxed version or travel version.

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