Friday, 30 October 2020

A new shield for Lycus


With our part of the world under increasingly stringent lockdown rules once again, I've found myself playing more and more Blood, Sweat and Cheers, both with my nine year old, and also solo. Bouts can take between 5 and 25 minutes each, and there is little prep time, so it is an easy game to wip out, roll dice and put away again.

In honor of his increased use, I decided that Lycus, my left-handed murmillo, needed to have his shield pimped out a bit. As Lycus seems to be the latinised Lykos, Greek for 'the wolf', I went for a wolfish motif based on coin imagery of the wolf that nursed Romulus and Remus (though I left the boys themselves off the shield). I'm not wholly convinced that I captured it with too much skill, but hopefully the aim is clear!😁


Roman Didrachm, c.275-255 BC, courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group (CNG)


  1. Not thought of playing this solo, but have enjoyed numerous bouts,even against grandchildren where normal house rule of grandad adds 1 to all dice rolls to give him a chance is no help.

    1. There are no formal solo rules - yet - but I have been working on a proxy system where the AI just draws two cards every turn and then a table to show how different gladiators apply those two cards.

      If there is any interest I'd be happy to write them up as a free one page expansion.

    2. Please do write them up, it may be well worth it in the days of social distancing.