Rome began the 4th century BC as no more than the leading city of a small league of Latin communities and ended it controlling all of Italy and on the doorstep to Western preeminence. The Sword of Rome enables up to four players to recreate the climatic struggles among the peoples of Italy and Sicily, Romans, or Gauls will dominate the western Mediterranean and with it earn the right to vie for control of the known world? Through a unique adaptation of the event-card system, players can also take on the roles of additional contenders such as Gallic tribes from across the Alps or the mighty naval power of Carthage. You will command the great figures of the age: Rome's military savior Marcus Furius Camillus; Syracusan tyrant Agathocles, who dared to assault Carthage itself; or Pyrrhus of Epirus, the adventurer king who sought to unite the western Greeks.
Each player has their own customized deck of strategy cards containing a total of 152 events that lend specific flavor and personality to the different factions. Additionally, each faction also has special powers that emphasize its historic strengths. Also contains: Two full-color Countersheets, One full-color 22 X 34 Mapsheet, Four Decks of 39 Playing Cards each, Four Player Aid Cards Rulesbook & Playbook, Scenario Booklet, and Six 6-sided die.
This is the 2010 reprint. It includes the base game as well as the 5 player expansion, a mounted board, and thicker counters.