Before I started working on Argus, I was actually building this game where you play a gladiator in Ancient Rome (around 122AD). You could be a man or woman, heterosexual or homosexual, one of 9 different cultures (Rome, Gaul, Spain, Britannia, Goth, Macedon, Carthage, Egypt and Judea,) and play as a fighter with a focus on one of 4 builds: Strength, Dexterity, Agility, and Charisma.
As a new and relatively-unknown gladiator, fighting in the backwater districts of the Empire, your equipment is going to change during every fight. The host of the games decides your equipment, but if you survive long enough to earn the admiration of the crowds, you can choose a “signature” weapon(s), armor, and accessory. These become as much a part of your image as anything else, really.
You work your way up from the bottom, beginning in the small arena of Arretium and eventually showcasing the main events in Rome. When you’re purchased as a slave, you start as the 5,500th ranked gladiator in all the realm, so there’s a ton of competition - but rising through the ranks isn’t as hard as you may think. Just takes a bit of talent…
I’ll be updating this on the regular, just as I do with Argus. I work from home, so I usually have a ton of free time on my hands. Until then, you all know the drill! I’d love to hear any feedback from you - questions, comments, suggestions, criticisms?