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Circus Maximus (1979)

Average Rating: 6.70/10
Board Game Rank: 1149
Thematic Rank: 229
Strategy Game Rank: 637
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1979
# of Players
2 − 8
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Best with 6, 7, 8 players
Recommended with 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, more than 8 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
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12 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Description Edit | History

From Battleline, the original publisher:

"The grandeur and decadence of ancient Rome in your living room! Thrill to the dust of chariot races, or the skillful bloodshed of gladiatorial combat. Circus Maximus is really TWO games in one. In the Chariot Race game you pick your team of horses, driver, and chariot car, each of which have special characteristics . . . In Gladiator, you pick up your weapons and step onto the bloodstained sands, simultaneously maneuvering, striking, and waiting for that fatal step that puts you inside your opponent's guard."

Battleline's Circus Maximus would later be developed by Don Greenwood and published in 1980 by Avalon Hill as separate titles: Circus Maximus and Gladiator.

Violent and bloody, Circus Maximus details the chariot races that occurred in ancient Rome. Eight teams race around the track three times to determine victory. Players prepare for the race by selecting the composition of their team of horses, their rider's skills, and the type of chariot that will be driven. Once the race begins the players are free to do as they wish to hamper the other racers including whipping the rider, ramming chariots with scythed wheels, smashing into horses, and running over crashed opponents. A campaign game of multiple races, in which players have to manage their teams and can increase their income by betting on races, is also possible.

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More Information Edit | History

from "The Avalon Hill General Index and Company History, 1952-1980"

Circus Maximus (1980)
Previous design (Battleline) redesigned by Avalon Hill
Designed by Michael Matheny
Development by Don Greenwood

An excellent multi-player game combining the unique racing features of Speed Circuit and Win, Place & Show with the combat of a wargame. Considerably improved over the Battleline version. Packaged in the gamete style box and competitively priced at $8. Perhaps the forerunner of things to come.

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Avalon Hill English Second Edition
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: Michael Carroll
Year: 1980
Product Code: 8939
Size: 11.50 x 8.38 x 1.12 inches
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Betting Sheet for CM campaigns. It has room for sixteen chariots and two outside betters. It also facilitates calculations of payouts after the race. The story of the 1/72 Circus Maximus Project can be found here: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1053235/circus-maximus-172-project The complete set of play aids for 1/72 Circus Maximus includes: Log Sheet: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96763/log-sheet Pushpin Log: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/106037/pushpin-log Advanced Sequence of Play (including attack and skullduggery aids): http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96762/advanced-sequence-of-play Campaign Log: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96839/campaign-log Betting Sheet: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/106038/betting-sheet Charts: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/101530/charts
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This log replaces the written log. This makes it easier for all players to see what is going on. Thanks to Jape77 for allowing the use of the nice chariot graphic. [ImageID=2092418] The story of the 1/72 Circus Maximus Project can be found here: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1053235/circus-maximus-172-project The complete set of play aids for 1/72 Circus Maximus includes: Log Sheet: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96763/log-sheet Pushpin Log: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/106037/pushpin-log Advanced Sequence of Play (including attack and skullduggery aids): http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96762/advanced-sequence-of-play Campaign Log: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96839/campaign-log Betting Sheet: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/106038/betting-sheet Charts:...
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Collected charts for Circus Maximus specifically designed to go with my 1/72 version of the game. The story of the 1/72 Circus Maximus Project can be found here: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1053235/circus-maximus-172-project The complete set of play aids for 1/72 Circus Maximus includes: Log Sheet: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96763/log-sheet Pushpin Log: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/106037/pushpin-log Advanced Sequence of Play (including attack and skullduggery aids): http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96762/advanced-sequence-of-play Campaign Log: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96839/campaign-log Betting Sheet: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/106038/betting-sheet Charts: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/101530/charts
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Updated version 5 of the Campaign Log for keeping track of a Circus Maximus ten race campaign. Includes versions both with and without the papyrus background (to allow for black and white printing). Thanks to Jape77 for allowing the use of the nice chariot graphic. The story of the 1/72 Circus Maximus Project can be found here: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1053235/circus-maximus-172-project The complete set of play aids for 1/72 Circus Maximus includes: Log Sheet: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96763/log-sheet Pushpin Log: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/106037/pushpin-log Advanced Sequence of Play (including attack and skullduggery aids): http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96762/advanced-sequence-of-play Campaign Log: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96839/campaign-log...
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Updated version 5 of the log sheet, both with and without the papyrus background (to allow for black and white printing). Thanks to Jape77 for allowing the use of the nice chariot graphic. The story of the 1/72 Circus Maximus Project can be found here: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1053235/circus-maximus-172-project The complete set of play aids for 1/72 Circus Maximus includes: Log Sheet: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96763/log-sheet Pushpin Log: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/106037/pushpin-log Advanced Sequence of Play (including attack and skullduggery aids): http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96762/advanced-sequence-of-play Campaign Log: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96839/campaign-log Betting Sheet: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/106038/betting-sheet Charts:...
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