Gladiator D6: "Panem Et Circenses"
For Those About To Die! We Salute You!
We are in the process of holding some Friday Night Smackdown events, Gladiator style via the West End Games Fans Forums chat room. All are invited to attend and/or participate in the bloody events we shall unveil. As I produce material for that pick-up arena style role-playing event, I will place the information here for future upload to opend6.com once available. For ease of pick-up style play, we will start with MiniSix first page rules only (GM will introduce additional rules only as deemed necessary to the benefit of the crowds!)
Ancient Rome, Circa 200 B.C.E. (More Background Information Soon) to 400 C.E.
http://antipaladingames.com/minisix.html starting attributes will be used. More soon...
Andabatae, from the Greek Ascencores, were horseback fighters. They fought in scale mail, similar to Cataprachti of central european and Asian ancenstry. Andabatae used large visored helmets which did not include eye holes. In effect, they jousted blind. This type of gladiator was almost always a prisoner convicted to die. They were predominately pitted against other Andabatae. The last man standing was allowed to exit via the Gate Of Life. This is the ancient precursor to Medieval jousting.
Available Equipment: Scale Mail (Ancient), Horse (w/ basic saddle and no bridles or reins), Long Spear (Varying heads), Helmet (Andabatae blinding helmet, no eye holes).
Female gladiators, depicting the matriarchal race known as The Amazon. Little is known about this type of gladiator, other then some pottery depictions of famous female champions.
Available Equipment: Tunic, No Helmet, Manika (Arm Protector), Gladius (Basic Sword), Ocrea (Metal Leg Greave), Scutum (Body Length Shield)
Fought rare and exotic animals to the delight of the crowd. They predominately fought early in the day. In early depictions, they were mostly criminals condemned to "damnatio ad bestia" (Thrown To The Animals). The early form of Bestiarii were setup in fights where they most likely would die. As time went on, Bestiarii became a popular type of gladiator, with some fighters opting for this choice over others, as the survival rate was higher in this class of fighter. Over time, the bouts were devised to ensure survival of the Bestiarii.
Ok. So mostly combat related, but there will be some sly skills mixed in for taking advantage of your opponents weaknesses. For now, only the skill list from MiniSix will be in use.
A plethora of weaponry for killing your loathsome opponents. More soon...
Helpful hints on how to run an arena match using Gladiator D6. More soon...