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Sainome Colosseum R is an exciting anime-themed tabletop combat game for 2-4 players, brought to the English market directly from Japan, that utilizes action selection, hand management, card drafting, and dice rolling.
The kingdom’s greatest warriors have come from far and wide to do combat and determine the fiercest of them all. Each has a personal reason to compete in the tournament, but one thread unites them all – to put their fighting skills on display and earn the right to be called champion.
Sainome Colosseum R is a fast-paced, PvP combat game for 2-4 players that allows players to take on chosen character roles, each with an assortment of individual skills and abilities. Using action selection, hand management, card drafting, and dice rolling, Sainome Colosseum R gives players important decision points while blending strategy, luck, and balanced replayability. As you explore the game, you discover the strengths and weaknesses of each character as well as interesting combinations that can put your opponents down for the count.
On each turn, a player chooses two out of five actions, resolves both, then discards to meet the hand limit requirements. To gain the advantage in battle, gear can be attached to your character by physically placing equipment cards on any side of your fighter with a corresponding slot. These equipment cards can then activated using a unique dice mechanism to attack your opponents and initiate a wide range of special effects. Adding further to this dynamic gameplay is the ability for each character to transform from their beginning Normal Form to a heightened Awakened Form, which grants skill upgrades. The player who best utilizes these various systems to reduce their opponent's HP to 0 is ultimately the winner!
For fans of quick-paced, player-to-player combat, Sainome Colosseum R checks off all the boxes while adding new and innovative mechanics to the genre. This streamlined design creates a memorable player-to-player combat experience, gives numerous important decision points, and creates a narrative arc that leads to countless plays.
- 10 characters to choose from, each with two forms and multiple unique abilities
- Nearly 100 items, spells, and pieces of equipment to attach to your champion
- Draw cards, equip gear from your hand, roll dice, and activate skills
- Easy to learn but difficult to master; truly a game for all ages and skill levels
- With a playtime of 15-30 minutes, fights are both exciting and fast paced
- Supports 2-player duels, 4-player free-for-alls, and 2v2 team battles
- Breathtaking artwork from Japanese illustrators Mizuki and Noito
- 10 Character Cards
- 100 Sainome Cards (these are the spells, items, weapons, and skills players can attach to their character)
- 4 Summary Cards
- 4 Play Sheets
- 1 Rulebook
- 1 Quick-Reference Character Sheet
- 1 Quick-Reference Skills Clarification Sheet
- 2 Six-sided Dice
- 1 Sugoroku Sheet (similar to Shoots & Ladders; used for the included supplementary rules)
- 4 Meeple Game Pieces (used in conjunction with the Sugoroku Sheet)
How to Play
Here is a quick reference regarding the basics of how to play Sainome Colosseum R. To view the complete tutorial, visit the rulebook as linked above.
Before a match begins in Sainome Colosseum R, players must first choose their fighter out of the available ten. Once each player has chosen their fighter, they then place them into the center position of their Play Sheet. After all players have done this, combat begins.
The player’s turn is divided into two distinct phases: the Action Phase and the Discard Phase.
During the Action Phase, players may choose to perform up to two actions from the options listed below, in whatever order they wish:
- Draw Sainome Cards (Sainome Cards comprise the game’s spells, items, weapons, and non-character-specific skills)
- Attach Equipment
- Use an Instant Play Card
- Attack an Opponent
- Use a Character Skill
Note: Players may NOT perform the same action twice during a single turn.
There are four slots to the top, bottom, right, and left of the character into which Sainome Cards can be socketed. Only cards with attachment symbols that match those found on the Character Cards may be equipped in these slots.
Attacking in Sainome Colosseum itself plays out seamlessly, with players merely needing to roll a die to determine which of their four slots is activated for the attack, with the roll of a 6 granting a special ability. If there is no Sainome Card equipped in the slot corresponding to the die roll, the attach misses. Once this attack roll is performed, damage and any combat effects are determined and applied. After players have activated a card through the aforementioned roll, that card is then removed out of its equipment slot and from play altogether. If the player who has just attacked has not used their second permitted action, and decides that for that second action they would like to refill the now-empty slot with another weapon/spell/item, they may do that.
Discard Sainome Cards from your hand on top of the discard pile. During the Discard Phase, if you have more than five cards in your hand, you must discard all extra cards to have a maximum hand of five cards. If you have five or less cards in your hand, discarding is OPTIONAL and you may discard any number of cards from your hand.
Sainome Colosseum R is a remake of MR Entertainment’s very first card game, simply titled Sainome Colosseum, and was developed after they received positive feedback about the original game and fan desires to see an expanded version of it. Thus, it’s best to think of Sainome Colosseum R as the complete, or enhanced, edition of the original title.
Sainome Colosseum R is being localized into English and published in the West by LionWing Publishing, a localization company whose focus is on bringing Japanese tabletop games and video games to the English market.
PLAYABLE CHARACTERS (click to enlarge)
Here are the 10 playable characters, with the character's Normal Form on the left and their Awakened Form on the right.
Here are two example character cards showing off both their Normal Forms and Awakened Forms.
Here are a few pieces of concept art from the game during early development.
Here are examples of the five types of Sainome Cards available in the game.
Here are two of the four Play Sheets that come included in the base edition of Sainome Colosseum R.
Here is the Sugoroku Sheet that comes included in the base edition of Sainome Colosseum R. This is only used in the supplementary rules and is a fun, alternate way of determining players' starting HP totals.
Full (click to enlarge)
About LionWing Publishing
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