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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 -

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).

Amazones -

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 (Short Sword), Ocrea (Metal Leg Greave), Scutum (Body Length Shield).

Bestiarii -

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.

Available Equipment: Spear, Knife, Whip (rare), Subligaculum(Loin Cloth), No or Small Shield, Galea (Visored Helmet), Canistrum (Rare*, Cage To Fight Animals From)

Bustuarii -

Fought at the funeral rights of prominent Romans. This is also sometimes a general term used for all gladiators, but in early Republic times, it was a unique type of gladiator. Bustuarii usually fought only other Bustuarii. They were made up almost entirely of criminals.

Available Equipment: Gladius Graecus (Greek Short Sword), No Armor Or Helmets, Small Sheild, Subligaculum(Loin Cloth)

Cataphractarius -

Armored head to toe in scale-mail. Similar to a Andabatae, but in this case, the gladiator is used more to depict central asian Cataphracta enemies then for the amusement of watching blind jousters impale one another. In re-enactments of major battles of yore', Cataphracta were used to illuminate the glory that is Rome.

Available Equipment: Spangenhelms(Highly Protective Helmnet), Lorica squamata (Scale Mail), Contus (Long Lance), No Shield.

Catervarii - (Psuedo-Template)

Specialized in fighting in groups of more then two fighters. This is not an individual template, but a specialization upon an existing template.

Available Equipment: Dependent upon individual starting templates which compose the grouping.

Dimachaeri -

Specialized in two-sword combat (one in each hand). They were only lightly armored, but fast and deadly in close combat.

Available Equipment: Two Sicca (Siccae, 16-18in. Curved Swords) (could substitute: Gladius, or Acinaces). Helmet (Light, Visored, Tight Fit), Wrapped Cloth Armor (Legs and Arms). No Shield.

Equites -

Horseback gladiator. They would usually enter the arena in a gallant trot, doing several circles of the crowd to rile up the masses. Once their lance or lancet was thrown or dropped, they would dismount and finish the fight on foot. Equites primarily only fight other Equites. In larger mock battles, they might dismount and fight on foot with various enemies, but this was rare.

Available Equipment: Lancea (Lance), Verutum(Short Throwing Spear), Gladius, Spatha (Long Dougle-Edged Sword), Galea (Large Visored Helmet With Two Plumes Of Ostrich or Peacock Feathers), Parma Equestris (Medium Calvalry Shield) or Clipius (Large Oval Shield), Tunica (Short Tunic) w/ Balteus (Sword Belt).

Essedari -

This type of gladiator worked his wonders from the reins of a war-chariot. The word Essedari is derivative from the Latin word for a Celtic War-Chariot (Esseda). There is unfortunately very little material evidence of the manner in which war chariots were utilized in the arena. The war-chariot in battle was of course used to break open segments of an enemy line. This would only be practical in a gladiatoral arena during mass re-enactments, but they may have been employed against Noxii (Common Criminals) in all sorts of cruel manners of inflicting death. Most likely they were utilized during depictions of larger battles against Celts or Britons.

Available Equipment: Medallion (Heavy Spear, 6ft.w/iron spike), Montefortino Roman Helmet (w/ crest; based upon Celtic helmets), Shield (Medium, Flat Oval or Hexagonal), Wrapped Cloth Armor only, Loin Cloth or Tunic. '




Meridiani (Murmillones,Mirmillones,Myrmillo)







Retiarius(Retiarius Tunicatus)












For now, only the skill list from MiniSix will be in use.


A plethora of weaponry for killing your loathsome opponents. More soon...

Modus Operandi

Helpful hints on how to run an arena match using Gladiator D6. More soon...

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