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2009
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Spartacus
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Spartacus: Crisis in the Roman Republic 80-71 B.C.
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Spartacus is a two player, card-driven, point-to-point simulation pitting a loose coalition of forces under Sertorius against the Roman Republic as restructured under Sulla and his lieutenants.

As the Sertorian coalition, your objective is to force the Republic into collapse in order to rebuild it as it was before the Sullans changed the constitution. This is done through putting pressure on the Republic by territorial conquests, by exacerbating the tensions in the Republic, forcing it to utilize the services of new, potential Sullas to counter your armies in the field, or by taking Rome itself!

As the Republic, you must defeat and neutralize Sertorius quickly, before he can conclude an alliance with Mithradates VI and cause a two-front war. However, the levying of too many troops to fight the enemy coupled with the utilization of ambitious generals can bring on the very circumstances you are trying to avoid, collapse of the Republic. In addition, care must be taken with Italy itself because in the background, civil war looms in the guise of Lepidus, and even worse, a slave revolt under the able gladiator-leader, Spartacus.

Both sides can battle their adversaries using conventional forces, conduct guerrilla and pacification operations with the intention of denying your opponent control of strategic spaces and provinces, and attempt to hasten or delay the political collapse of the Republic. The central mechanism that influences all actions in the simulation is the Republican Crisis Track, which monitors the level of crisis in the Republic. All actions on the battlefield, the state of the empire, the strain of recruiting legions and utilizing ambitious generals, and the use of power politics, are ultimately reflected on the Crisis Track. The Sertorians hope to move the track towards heightened crisis while the Republic hopes to keep it well away from a political collapse. In the end, if the Republic manages to avoid collapse, it can still lose by having a strong, Sertorian presence on the board.

Spartacus requires the player to successfully exercise many facets of military-political acumen in order to defeat his opponent while preserving the most precious asset of all, survival.

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Official clarifications/corrections thread: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/379793


Credits:

Game Design: John B. Firer
Game Development: Neil Randall
Graphic Design: Mark Mahaffey

Playtesting: Ken Dingley, Rodolphe Duhil, Nicholas J. Firer, Adam Freitag, Michael Gouker, Benjamin Hamdorf, Mark Jones, Mark Kalina, Aaron Lewicki, Jon Matthews, Ronald Mayer-Opificius, John Nebauer, Steffan OʼSullivan, Neil Randall, Martin Sample, Barry Setser, Joel Toppen, Charles Vasey, Walter Wintar, Andrew Young and Dean Zadiraka

Cover portrait Ma Souffrance courtesy Carl Nordgaard
Gladius photography courtesy David DelaGardelle

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Spartacus
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German First Edition
Publisher: Phalanx Games Deutschland
Artist: Mark Mahaffey
Year: 2009
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
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Publisher: Compass Games
Artist: Mark Mahaffey
Year: 2008
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
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0 Spartacus hand Designaors by Designer
Inadvertently dropped off War Diary Issue #5 article, "Spartacus Revisited", by designer. Provided with editors permission. JBF
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2015-06-25
8 Spartacvs Living Rules 1.11
The Living Rules 1.11 with the errata and corrections provided by the designer (accessible here : http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?233@468.hfjebrE6OJl.33@.1dd089e5!enclosure=.1dd42575 ) worked in. Postet with permission from Compass Games.
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2014-07-24
2 Provincial Control Player Aid
Reduces Map clutter by having provincial control markers on separate sheet. Also aids tallying provinces for Victory determination
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2014-04-08
0 MY EXPERIENCE WITH SPARTACUS CRISIS OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC
My experience with the game 'Spartacus: Crisis of the Roman Rebublic'. Not necessarily a 'review' but an impression. I would like to have other players convince me it is worth keeping.
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2010-01-28
2 Spartacus Battle Cards optional rule version 2 - playtest version
Playtest version of version 2 of the Spartacus Battle Card optional rule.
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2009-08-18
13 Reference sheet for Spartacus
A two-page reference sheet for Spartacus, detailing the turn sequence. Colour-coded bars in the right margin: red = Republican, yellow = Sertorian, green = Spartacus, blue = everything to do with Asia Minor (both players). [05-Jun-2009] Initial version. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
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2009-06-05
19 General Play Aid for Sparatcus, v1.0
Collects easy to forget rules, space/connection specifics, CP costs for moving individual units, and Pontic/Servile entry turns. Feedback appreciated. In PDF format.
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2009-03-27
8 Spartacus Asia Minor Reminder Play Aid
This is a simple aid to remind players of restrictions in Asia Minor prior to activation, and a mat for placing the Asia Minor hand after activation. Print each page on either side of a sheet of paper, cut into two equal halves, and give one to each player.
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2009-03-16
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