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Joe Bowers
United States
Strongsville
Ohio
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Richard Harrow RIP
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10
Jun 2013
A must, this should be included in the base game.
2013-06-17
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Gary M
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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10
Jun 2013
an awesome expansion that makes my favorite game even better!
2013-09-04
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Ben Borthwick
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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10
Feb 2014
Adds some excellent mechanics and extra houses/cards to my favorite game currently.
2014-02-14
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Dark Seal
Italy
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10
Feb 2014
Wonderful addition to a great game!!! Highly recommended!
2014-02-03
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Jason Gardner
United States
LA
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10
Jan 2015
Cards added to base game...future plays logged there. Must buy this if you like Spartacus.
2015-02-12
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Mattias Elfström
Sweden
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9.5
Mar 2015
Great expansion! Lots of interesting cards added. Playing the game with more than four players adds a new dimension. Models painted.
2013-08-05
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Ngoc Linh Nguyen
Vietnam
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9.5
Aug 2014
Awesome and must-have exp of the game as it increases the player cap to 6, and even team fights. I am truly looking forward to another expansions with more Houses and Gladiators.
2014-07-07
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Daniel Krauklis
Sweden
Bandhagen
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9.2
Jul 2014
A must-have expansion for an already brilliant game! Adds two new and interesting houses, opens up for 6 player games, and paves the way for multiplayer gladiator fights. The only thing I'd have wanted in this box that they didn't include is some equipment/weapons that regulate Speed. Well - I wouldn't have protested if they'd put in opportunities for fights against wild animals or mock sea battles, but hopefully that's something we might see in future expansions. Stop reading and go and get this expansion!
2014-07-28
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Nikita Startsev
Russia
St. Petersburg
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9
Feb 2013
An expansion to second best game 2012 just can't be bad one.
2013-02-05
Glen Kehoe
United Kingdom
St Helier
Jersey
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9
Jul 2013
This expansion makes the game even better with 6 its a blast. Look forward to even more for this game.
2013-06-16
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Yoki Erdtman
Sweden
Södertälje
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9
May 2015
Lovely expansion, and I'll keep purchasing them as long as GF9 churns them out. Variety is the spice of life, and I'll always welcome more cards, especially Market cards.
2015-05-29
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Jeff Pratt
United States
Anacortes
Washington
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Just admit it already, Small World is not a fantasy wargame...it's a Mancala variant!
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9
Oct 2013
More of everything great about Spartacus. New houses, new weapons, new slaves and new gladiators. The expansion offers up the ability to play a six player game, but don't. It's way too long and the game outstays its welcome. The new houses are neat, especially the new House Varinius which helps to slow down House Glaber by taking guards out of circulation.

The new gladiators are mostly great. This has evened out the auction round a bit, which is probably better for balance, but I do miss the huge piles of money that used to be thrown at stud gladiators. This isn't better or worse, just different. The Primus can be really interesting, although the treachery key word often steals its thunder.

One thing I don't like are the new Intrigue cards. I don't have a problem with their game effects. What I dislike are the symbols used for some of the new Intrigue cards. This is not a language independent game, so there is no reason that the words "target a dominus with more/less influence than you" shouldn't have appeared on every relevant card. The arrows pointing up and down are a constant source of confusion. I know it seems simple...but we trip over this time and time again. I think it might be because some of the card titles infer incorrectly who is the target and who is the aggressor. Again I know it seems really, really simple, but we have tripped over it so many times there is no way that it is only happening to our group. Something about those cards is misleading, even if I can't put my finger on what it is.

Spartacus is a great experience and this expansion is basically a bunch of extra tools for its sandbox. It's not strictly necessary or even important, but if you love the game, I am certain you will want this.
2013-10-16
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Martin Annander
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9
Jun 2013
This is one of few expansions that makes complete and thorough sense. You get two additional player spots and rules mechanics for multiple gladiators in the arena.

It's a great expansion, and not very expensive.
2014-05-10
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Miika Malmivirta
Finland
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Unspecified
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9
Jun 2013
Very nice additions to the base game with affordable price.
2013-06-29
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Axilleas Garif
Greece
Athens
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9
Jan 2015
Just buy it if you like Spartacus!Now you can fight in the arena on teams 2 vs 2.Also this expansion increases the number of players to 6 so there is more fun!!!2 new houses and a lot of new market and indrigue cards!!!
2013-08-08
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Mathieu Paré-Paquin
Canada
Québec
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9
Dec 2013
Greatly improves the base game, which suffered from a power creep due to a limited market (you either get the top 3 or you lose... it's that simple), by simply adding a bunch of average/good gladiators (now, the top 3 of doom isn't always present, making average gladiators more interesting).
2013-12-07
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Rick Baptist
United States
Highland
California
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9
Apr 2014
To me, it's essential. The cards that it adds makes for a better experience. It also helps (or hurts, depending on your viewpoint) to make the base game more of a variable experience.
2015-07-01
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Jason Lees
United States
Rochester
New Hampshire
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9
Oct 2014
No reason not to include this excellent expansion! Extra players, and interesting new arena rules!
2014-10-23
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Claus Nielsen
Denmark
Denmark
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Si vis pacem, para bellum!
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9
Jul 2014
See my comment for the main game, it also applies here.

Subtracting 1 from the rating as most of the things in this expansion might as well have been a part of the main game.
2014-08-11
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Lazaro Borges
United States
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9
May 2015
A must needed expansion for a primus and the ability to have a 6 player game.

I am updating my comment and rating for this game. I felt that it went unappreciated when I started looking at different games and realized that this game has everything I have been wanting to find as far as a back stabbing, manipulating, bartering, bluffing, dice rolling for combat, betting, and blind bidding goes. With the new expansion set to come out soon, and someone adding some "house rules" for the arena phase as far as movement goes to give it a more tactical feel (flanking/backstab) I think this game will eventually move up to a 10 for me. (It kind of already is)
2015-05-01
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Gary Masters
England
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9
Nov 2014
Absolutely essential expansion for Spartacus that allows you to play 6 players and also includes the just-as-essential Primus rules.
2014-07-05
Kikki Hau
Iceland
Hafnarfjörður
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9
Sep 2014
2 extra players, loads of new gladiators, slaves and other cards. All good.
2014-11-13
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Jozef Farkas
Slovakia
Banska Bystrica
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9
Oct 2014
this expansion raised the game from 8 to 9 for me.
what the expansion improves in the base game.

a lot more guards.for glaber evens the draw luck element for his abilities.
5-6 players oujeee baby.
a lot more cards and reaction cards that improves intrigue phase makes it more interesting
new gladiators and equipment that can more compete with spartacus,crixus etc

must buy for base game lovers
2014-10-04
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David McCarthy
United Kingdom
Northampton
Northamptonshire
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8.9
Nov 2013
Adds more to an already excellent base game.
2014-09-03
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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Be Happy in your Game!
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I spent 100 Geek Gold and all I got was this lousy overtext message!
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8.5
Jun 2013
Gets an even higher rating than I gave the base game for adding the additional houses and player capacity. The treachery in the game suits more players, as does the bidding on matches aspect. A must have addition to the base game.
2013-06-28
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8.5
Sep 2013
Primus & two new houses.
This is a keeper.

Varinius' influence ability is a bit too powerful and the infinite Guard thing is broken. At 4 Guards -- sell one, exhaust 3, get Guard back. In long game, store Guards (like 12) and you can generate ridiculous cash for Hosting auction. With Sep, enough Guards and you can prevent a scheme every round, but you leave your self open to attack so not as bad.
2014-12-07
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Paula m
Spain
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8.5
Jan 2014
Sin duda las mejores casas pertenecen a la expansion.
2014-01-26
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Daniel Nordin
Sweden
Härnösand
Ångermanland
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8.5
Feb 2014
Made a good game even better. This game really shines with 6 players and the possibility of four gladiators in the arena. Gannicus! Gannicus! Gannicus!
2014-03-10
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Keith Gary
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8.5
Dec 2014
How do you make fighting in an arena better? Add more people!

This expansion adds the much needed Primus option (play around with house rules to use it more often).
2014-12-23
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The Hammer is not my
United States
Sierra Vista
Arizona
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8.5
May 2015
This expansion is a must buy for Spartacus: Blood & Treachery (core game) fans. It turns a good game into a VERY good game. Whenever you're able to add in the betrayal/treachery mechanic to a game that demands it through its established theme - this expansion is a no brainer.
2015-05-20
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Glenn Taylor
Canada
New Westminster
British Columbia
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8.4
Feb 2014
More of the same, which is never a bad thing when you're talking about Spartacus!
2014-01-01
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James Griffith
United States
Monkton
Maryland
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8
Aug 2013
This is the sort of game where more is always better. More cards & more players are more fun. However, in terms of a real play balance, it's lacking. The extra factions are interesting but more players slows the game down and increases the bash the leader aspects of the main game. Also, more cards dilutes the appearance of certain types of cards when you need it. I think it makes the base game more dynamic but less "fair". But you don't play a game like this to win and prove yourself intellectually superior to your opponents, but rather to enjoy yourself.
2014-03-16
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Manary Corte
Brazil
São Paulo
São Paulo
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Best game of all time...
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...Twilight Imperium 3!
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8
Jul 2013
If you read my comments on the base game, you'll understand why this is a must buy for me
2013-02-02
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Kaiwen Zhang
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Art of life
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8
Oct 2013
More of the good stuff
2013-10-15
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Mark Turner
United Kingdom
Farnham
Surrey
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8
Jun 2013
More of the same - which is a good thing. New houses, new items. A 2v2 fight mechanic which rarely happens.
2013-09-16
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Jim Marshall
United Kingdom
York
North Yorkshire
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8
Aug 2013
Adds more variety rather than changing anything fundamental, but still great fun in an old-school back-stabbing, hack-and-slash sort of way. For an old timer like me, its success is a welcome antidote to the wash of soulless, fun-free efficiency-engine euros than seems to dominate the hobby right now.
2013-08-19
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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8
Jun 2013
More good stuff!!!
2013-06-24
John Rhinehart
United States
Huntsville
AL
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8
Jul 2013
The added houses and more players is very nice. Also having team the primus is very nice. But having 6 players can drag this one out a while. Took us about 5 hours with 6 people who have all played before.
2014-02-27
Matt Pinchuk
Canada
Sainte Anne de Bellevue
Quebec
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8
May 2014
Adds some extra cards, The Primus and 2 new houses. All are welcomed additions to this awesome game.
2014-05-13
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Jacob DeSersa
United States
Sacramento
California
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Aug 2013
Makes a great game even better!
2013-09-25
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John Conlon
United States
Tulsa
Oklahoma
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8
Oct 2013
Rules downloaded to iPad
2014-10-02
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Steve H
United States
Lansing
Illinois
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8
Jul 2013
Nice expansion with some good add-ons to the base game, notably the 4 gladiator fights. How is this a 5.8 average? People actually hate it or something?
2013-07-22
Máté Kovács
Hungary
Budapest
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8
Jan 2014
Nice expansion, I hope there will be more.
2013-12-02
Owned
United States
Tulsa
Oklahoma
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8
Aug 2013
More of the same... A blast, but with more bloodshed, slaves, and backstabbing!
2013-08-13
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Rachel Vacek
United States
Houston
Texas
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8
Dec 2013
For Rob, Christmas 2013
2013-08-17
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Ian Pytlarz
United States
West Lafayette
Indiana
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8
Oct 2013
Adds extra replay-ability to an already good game. I wouldn't say it fixes anything about the base game, its just a solid expansion to increase shelf life. Plus you can host a PRIMUS! Which is awesome.
2013-10-14
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Vinson H
Canada
Markham
Ontario
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8
Aug 2013
Adds 5th and 6th player. Game also lengthens a lot (mainly due to extra players). Some fun cards though. If you want to play with 5+ players, basically required, although you could play with 3-4 players and just have more choice.
2013-08-13
John Kountou
Greece
Γαλατσι
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8
Feb 2014
It doesn't add anything to the core game other than the 5-6 players and the 2 vs 2 battles. But it's certaintly worth the purchase! More players more blood!!
2014-02-12
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Brady Alexander
United States
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8
Oct 2013
very good add on
2013-10-03
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Anthony L.
United States
South Lyon
Michigan
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8
Feb 2015
Nice expansion that extends to 6 players.
2013-09-14

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