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Mississippi
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Mar 2004*
Very good game expecially for more than two player.
2004-03-12*
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Sean Youngquist
United States
Summerville
South Carolina
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Dec 2006*
After one play I can say this is a rare overlooked gem that has the potential of rivaling Formula De.
2006-12-09*
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Phillip Hazlet
United States
Ohio
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9
Dec 2013
Andrew and Dave own
2013-12-15
Gray Gill
Netherlands
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9
Nov 2014
2 player works well, nice variety in the chariot stats.
2014-11-04
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Jeff Khoury
United States
White Oak
Pennsylvania
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8.5
Aug 2011
My opinion: best of the Silver Line games.
2006-11-29*
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Christophe Pont
Switzerland
Geneva
Geneva
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8.5
Aug 2011
Played this with friends on the beach of Ostende, Belgium.

Had lots of fun and the worst suntan of my life actually.

There's still sand in the box.

Very funny game by the way. I like this set of rules.
2011-09-21
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laudemar gonzalez
Canada
toronto
Ontario
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8.5
Jul 2015
A truly fun, smash-mouth racing game: the very best of its kind. The rules are simple and I recommend playing it with simple turn order (not with the rule that the chariot order in a round depends on its position relative to the other chariots at the start of a round).
Try it this way and see if you don't agree.

I also love that the designer changed the "hospital" rule so that the repairing chariot that is stopped is not on the track and cannot block others until the next round when it pops back onto the track.
2015-07-29
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Jeff Hoffman
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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8
Jan 2004*
A much faster paced game than Avalon Hill's version although not as detailed. But for a game like this, the pacing needs to at least SEEM fast than boring bookkeeping.
2004-01-24*
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Lee Williams
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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8
Mar 2004*
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Robert Patton
United States
Manassas
Virginia
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8
Sep 2004*
The kids and I have a lot of fun with this game. Lately, we have been carrying it in the game bag when we go out.
2004-09-26*
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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8
Sep 2005*
I love it. It is simple quick and fun. Sure I'd like a little more out of a chariot game possibly lanes, or rules for turns, but heck who cares when you are enjoying it. My only gripe is the heal spaces. The fact that you can replenish you cards immediately means that you can stop, replenish cards, and then block those behind you to easily catch up. This really should knock some of the wind out of your race if you want to use it. Otherwise there is no sacrifice.
2005-09-06*
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Mike Cross
United States
Atkinson
New Hampshire
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Sep 2005*
My favorite racing game. More players = more wrecks and a lot more fun!
2005-09-16*
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Rick Murphy
United States
Richardson
Texas
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8
Dec 2006*
Great job of incorporating the theme into the game.
2006-12-09*
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Cindy
United States

Illinois
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8
Aug 2007*
Okay, as a first play I could just see the possibilities!! I think with 3 or more hand management would be be a brain burner??!! Can't wait to try again!! Not sure if it's a brain burner, but I really do love playing it.
2007-08-04*
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Jeff Boes
United States
Saint Joseph
Michigan
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8
Dec 2006*
Bought on sale for $5 at GenCon 2006. A pleasant surprise when I finally got around to breaking it out: I love the old "Circus Imperium", and this is a lighter version without all the hit-location chrome and dice-rolling.
2006-12-20*
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László K.
United States
Hopatcong
New Jersey
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8
Dec 2008*
[2006.Dec.04] I didn't know quite what to expect when I opened the compact box for this Silver Line game (by Fantasy Flight Games). The quality of game pieces is on par with what I've come to expect from FFG's Silver Line; these are good, solid game bits, but not near the quality of FFG's more recent big box games (e.g., Arkham Horror, Runebound, Twilight Imperium). Arena Maximus is half-racing, half-hand management, and half-"kick your opponent when he's down". (Is that too many halves?) Don't get me wrong, this is not a malicious game at all, but the rules do allow for ramming each others' chariots, blocking one another, and whipping the other drivers... so yeah, there's a bit of maliciousness packed into each round. That said, by the end of the game we were all giggling and laughing like 8-year-olds as we did whatever it took to cross the finish line in one piece... er, sort of 'in one piece'. Think Ben-Hur mixed with "I'll bite your legs off!" (for you Holy Grail fans), and you'll be ready to bring this one to the table. The game plays quickly, and is a cinch to learn. Oh yeah, and try not to crash... twice, that is!

2007-04-12*
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Wendell
United States
Twin Cities
Minnesota
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8
Jun 2007*
Lots of fun and you can often rope civilians (i.e., non-hardcore gamers) into playing.
2007-06-08*
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Mike Clarke
Canada
Port Coquitlam
B.C.
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8
Oct 2007*
Very Fun fantasy chariot racing game. You use a hand of whips and reins to speed up and slow down your chariot as you whipsaw around a circular track full of obstacles while ramming your opponents and casting spells on them. First one over the finish line wins!
2011-09-15
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Nathan Bryan
United States
Houston
Texas
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8
Apr 2008*
I enjoy this game. It is chariot races where the track is unknown and you reveal as you move on. Using the spells variant I think is a must though.
2008-04-08*
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Pantsu Panic
United States
Georgia
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Jun 2009*
This is one of the most well balanced competitive games I've ever played. Though this is supposed to be a racing game, it moves much more slowly due to relying more on strategy than luck. Every move must be carefully considered with a healthy dose of foresight, otherwise a charioteer will find themself out of the race quickly. My only complaint is the game is overall a bit more complex than it really needs to be. But once you learn all the little inherent combinations for combat situations the big picture comes into view and it's a lot of fun!
2009-06-29
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Claudio Navarro
Chile
Santiago
Santiago
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8
Dec 2010
Juegazo! Una joya entre el fango, especialmente si se juega con contrincantes viciosos y mala leche.
2011-02-10
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Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
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Dec 2012
Simple. Fast. Ludicrous. HHhehhe. Recommended.
Just play as a filler ok?
For example, I've been in a campaign of Warcraft the board game with my 8-yr nephew and all of sudden we got tired and so. Therefore we pull this game out to the table and just picked our characters from WOW and mixed them together.

"WOW" IT WAS A BLAST! Hhehheehhehe. Combining other games with Arena Maximus is quite funny actually.

Currently, my nephew is racing with his Heroscape miniatures and set the track behind his castle! Genius! ;-)
2012-12-28
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Marc B.
United States
Palm Bay
Florida
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7.9
Jul 2008*
Great racing game. Sat unplayed in my collection for almost 9 months. I dont know why. Now I wish I had broke it out sooner. fun and can get a bit rowdy with the right crowd.
2008-07-11*
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J. H.

Silver Spring
Maryland
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7.8
Dec 2005*
Love the setting and the many innovative conventions that they place into the game - the only thing I could ask for is for someone to play towards my love of variant player powers and come up with different "special abilities" for the different chariots (as they're already represented by different fantasy races if you look at the playing pieces).
2005-12-11*
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Giles Pritchard
Australia
Shepparton
Victoria
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7.8
Jul 2008*
A whole bunch of silly fun - plenty of take that and hilarity in a nice short playing time. Exactly what I want from a chariot racing game!

The hand management system in this game is vital, when setting up your hand you are setting up the cards you are going to play on the following turn. Ramming and Blocking are not just ways of attacking and stopping your opponents chariots, but also a way of attacking their hand of cards, and their ability to deal with what is approaching.

A fun game, especially fun with a couple of drinks and the right mood.
2008-07-03*
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Patrick
United States
Glenshaw
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7.8
Dec 2011
You get to race around and try to wreck other people. Formula D/De only wishes it was this fun.
2014-05-07
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Riccardo Myszka
Italy
Rome
Italy
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7.75
Mar 2008*
Good game, very enjoyable.
2008-03-20*
Randy Miczek
United States
Saratoga Springs
New York
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7.7
May 2010
one of the better FFG silver line games
2006-12-10*
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Neil Sorenson
United States
Springfield
VT: VERMONT
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7.5
Feb 2004*
a bit thin... but at least it moves fast
2004-02-20*
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Riccardo Chiaveri
Italy
LAINATE
Mi
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7.5
Sep 2004*
Fun and fast!!!
2004-09-03*
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United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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7.5
Aug 2005*
A very fun game.
2005-08-22*
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Mark Mokszycki
United States
Snohomish
Washington
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7.5
Sep 2007*
A highly playable and fun little game with some interesting mechanics. You can have only 7 cards total, so as your speed pool increases, you have less to work with in your hand, and you are thus more likely to crash. Adding the optional rules for casting spells really livens it up even further. A good, simple, game that plays in about half and hour for 2 players. Not great, but good fun. I have yet to play it with a larger group, but I'm guessing that it will be even better. **Addendum- I increased my rating half a point over time, as I discovered that my wife and I keep coming back to it. This underdog is a winner. UPDATE: I've since played it with a larger group, and it is still pretty good. Now I'm playing it with my 6 year old (minus the rules for ramming, blocking, attacking, and spell casting) and she loves it.
2012-04-24
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Krzysztof Janik
Poland
Brwinów
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7.5
Jan 2009*
Niezła, szybka ale najlepiej w 4 osoby.
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Nice, fast, but the best for 4 players.
2011-01-12
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James Smith
Australia
Ashburton
Victoria
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7.5
Jan 2008*
What I thought Ave Caesar would be really cool and pretty brutal.
2008-01-12*
Sebastian Janich
Germany
Düsseldorf
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7.5
Aug 2008*
I love racing themed games. AM simulates very elegant the danger of going too fast. The more cards you put into the speed pool, the less cards you have available to counter danger icons. And you can attack your enemys. The additional (magic) rules are not necessary to enjoy this game.
2008-08-04*
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Get up, get up, get up, get down, fall over.
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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7.2
Sep 2007*
The fantasy chariot racing theme seemed a bit off-putting at first. Dont know why. There is a lot of fun here and perhaps less chaos than you would have thought for a game involving chariot racing and spell casting. The mechanic of counting your 'speed' cards as part of your hand is a great one. It means you can manoeuvre round obstacles and cast spells, or you can go fast, but not both. Balancing speed with safety is key.
2007-09-08*
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Wes
United States
Hamilton
New Jersey
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7.2
Aug 2007*
It's another fine game from FFG's Silver Line. There is always a good deal of fun for a reasonable MSRP. Not enough race fans like fantasy in my group so this enjoys very little table time.
2007-08-28*
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Bob McFadden
Canada
Ontario
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7
Nov 2009*
Wonderfully fun filler ... and while i used to always prefer the faster chariots, i managed to pull off a victory against my boys last time using the dwarves !
2009-11-05
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Gerry Standerline
United Kingdom
Leeds
West Yorkshire
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7
Jan 2009*
Quick and easy rules but the turns can drag a bit with 5 players
2004-02-14*
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Raistlin
Italy
Torino
Torino
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7
Mar 2014
Good game, easy and fast with some interesting choices available during the game and an original theme.
2013-08-04
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Alex Η
Greece
Athens
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7
Dec 2006*
I enjoyed it but was not something that I am eager to play again.
2006-12-28*
Moritz Eggert
Germany
Munich/Germany
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Apr 2004*
Nice game with good components, not exactly "fast paced" (when a chariot enters a tile one has to go through 5 different steps of resolution), but entertaining enough. Kind of a "german" style AH "Circus Maximus" with magic...
2004-04-08*
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Chris Cleroux
Canada
BC
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7
Apr 2004*
I like the random track. The chariots have different play strategies and the frequency of card draws allows to form a hand strategy. Not something to play every game night but maybe every other...
2004-04-30*
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Kevin Lloyd
United Kingdom
Penmaenmawr
Conwy
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Jun 2013
Box and contents in excellent condition. Rulebook is in English, Danske, Svenska, Norske, Italiano, & Deutsche. Game is otherwise language independent.
2013-05-30
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Carsten Reuter
Germany
NRW
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7
Sep 2004*
5 players seems too much. imho maybe 3 or 4 players is best for this one
2004-09-08*
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Steve H
United States
Addison
Texas
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7
Sep 2004*
Circus Maximus its not, but the fantasy element with spells adds a nice twist. Good ramming/blocking technique potential if you're into the Iron Rule ;-). So far, has pretty hi replay value, but the game runs a little longer than I had anticipated.
2004-09-10*
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Robert Wolff
United States
Alta Loma
California
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Oct 2004*
Great fun, but I would've preferred a Roman theme.
2004-10-07*
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Don Bone
Australia
Wentworth Falls
NSW
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Nov 2004*
I quite liked this on first playing. There is a surprising amount of tactics and the fact that each players has a different set of parameters means that the optimum strategies for each of them are slightly different.
2004-11-18*
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United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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7
Dec 2004*
Fast and fun, a great game that has everything a good race game should! Another base hit for Fantasy Flight, increasingly becoming a reliable maker of great original games.
2004-12-08*
Bruce McGeorge
United States
Lawrenceburg
Indiana
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Jan 2005*
This is my favorite chariot racing game even with the over the top 'extreme fantasy' flavor.
2005-01-31*

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