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Up for grabs: the greatest empire on earth. But what a hotseat.

A card game of the Ancient Roman Empire.

Without a proper method of succession, once the Roman empire ran out of members of the original Julio-Claudian family, it was forced to experiment with various methods of choosing its emperors. By the third century AD this situation broke down to such an extent that emperors lasted only long enough to attempt one major project before departing for the Elysian Fields forever. As this was a period when Rome was beset by invaders from several sides, it did not bode well for the future of the empire.

In this card game each player controls a number of imperial candidates whom they try to push to the top position to gain honor and prestige by solving some of Rome's many crises before quickly yielding to the next emperor.


  • 1 shrink-wrapped illustrated tuckbox
  • 66 cards
  • 1 small book of instructions

Cards (UV-coated to prevent fading):

  • 20 Roman emperors on 10 double-sided cards
  • 48 Influence cards showing Persians, Goths, Palmyrans, SPQR and Gold
  • 5 Office cards, including Emperor
  • 3 Emperor selection method cards

You need to provide paper and pencil (or a smart phone) to track the score.

Watch video review, introduction and playthrough of an earlier edition, below.


If you like games set in Ancient Rome, also check out THE REPUBLIC OF CARTHAGE,, a game on Rome's greatest rival, as well as THE COURSE OF HONOR, about political competition in the Roman Republic.

The Course of Honor The Republic of Carthage
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VIDEOS by Enrico Viglino:

What This Is:

This is not a mass-produced game, but printed-on-demand . We have uploaded the artwork, rules and specifications, but The Game Crafter makes it only when you order it. Learn more.


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Why buy this?

A good balance of tight procedures, swift play, interesting decisions and colour.

  • Tricky cardplay and decisionmaking
  • Historical emperors and enemies
  • Simple rules and quick play




Average Rating 3 reviews
Publish Date March 18, 2016
Edition First
Department Card Games
Genre Historic
Theme Politics
Setting Roman Empire
Audience Family
Primary Mechanic Hand Management
If You Like Bang!
More Info ROME IN CRISIS web site


  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.


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