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The Course of Honor

Who will be First in Rome? A dice drafting/variable phase order game of navigation to the top




(This game is also available in a Spanish language edition.)

In Ancient Rome attract clients, secure funds and employ specialists to promote your team of candidates up through the historical course of honor. One of them may even become First Man in Rome!

Two dice in each of 5 colors represent

  1. Senate
  2. People
  3. Armies
  4. Money
  5. Time

The player rolls one of each color plus one of their choice.

Of these they draft one for themselves and pass the rest to the next player.

Each drafted die corresponds to a particular location on the player's personal grid.

Each location grants a different advantage, such as

  • more clients
  • improved income
  • a loan
  • the ability to advance candidates up the Course of Honor
  • specialists who give rule-breaking abilities

Each of these advantages occurs during a different phase.

The clever bit is that as in Puerto Rico, the phases themselves are not set, but actually determined by the players. Each phase type is determined via the exact same process as the above. This means that players only discover as they go along the types of phases that will resolve on the current turn, and whether they will occur at all. You must manage the risk of not knowing in advance what will happen and what will not, but you have some chance to influence the outcome.

Box includes:

  • 68 8mm acrylic ("ice") cubes
  • 28 coin chits
  • 24 pawns in four player colors
  • 20 plastic rings in four player colors
  • 12 8mm wooden cubes in four colors
  • 10 six-sided dice in five colors
  • 4 player mats
  • 1 main board
  • 1 start player marker
  • 1 8-page rules booklet including historical background

So if you feel you have what it takes to become FIRST MAN IN ROME, "Alea iacta est!" – LET THE DICE FLY HIGH!


If you like games set in Ancient Rome, also check out ROME IN CRISIS,, a game on the chaotic situation of the third century AD as well as THE REPUBLIC OF CARTHAGE, about Rome's greatest rival.

Rome in Crisis The Republic of Carthage
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Published February 28, 2017.

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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Average Rating 2 reviews
Publish Date March 01, 2017
Edition First
Department Games
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More Info The Course of Honor web site

Why buy this?

Enjoyable game, clever mechanisms, different possible strategic approaches. I really enjoyed it. I like the look of the nicely complicated board.

  • Risk management with challenging dilemmas
  • Strict adherence to the Ancient Roman theme
  • Utilizes the popular variable phase order mechanism


  • This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.


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Own It Played It Fun Priced Well High Replay Value Well Written Rules Nice Artwork


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