Gladiator School is a Tycoon-style simulation game. You play as the master of a newly formed school for gladiators. Your job is to train recruits and turn them into skilled fighters. Will they be powerful enough to survive in the arena?
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Release Date:
Dec 8, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Gladiator School is lots of fun right now, Early Access will help us make it even better. There are many directions we can take the game and so many ideas and opportunities for unique gameplay in the pipeline. We believe that your opinions are hugely important when ultimately deciding where the game should go next. After all, we’re making this game for you. What do you think?”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“For as long as it takes to make this game the best it can be. We plan on continuing Early Access development for atleast 12 months before making a retail release. Regular updates after release from Early Access are planned aswell.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“At this point most of the foundations of the game already in place, there are still many currently-planned features and content additions we will be adding until the full release. Beyond such planned features, will be adding TONS of aspects suggested or iterated on by the community.

Current planned features for Early Access:
- Find, craft or trade special equipment such as helmets or bodyarmor.
- Improved mechanics and more tactical elements for the turn-based combat.
- Improved engine for battles with 2v2 and 3v3 combat in the arena.
- Full storyline with ending, discover the truth and get your revenge on the emperor.
- Diplomacy options for 25 different characters out in the world.
- More advanced training equipment for health, stamina and damage.
- Triple sized buildarea for the school with tons of more building options
- More events that can occur at any time for the gladiators inside the school walls.
- Arrange inhouse tournaments to rank your men and promote a true champion.
- Increase efficiency to find new prospects and rare ancient artifacts on expeditions.
- More staff to improve gladiators training, crafting or resource gathering.
- Customize your gladiators barrack rooms and recreation areas to make them happy.
- Compete with other schools in the area and challenge their champion to a duel.
- Promote your champion to a personal bodyguard to protect you from any threat.
- Go out yourself in the world and explore areas for new recruits, opponents or resources.
- Explore locations that are important for the storyline like the supreme emperors palace.
- Invest in your own arena to arrange your gladiatorial spectacles.
- Find and tame your own animals and play out custom battles in your backyard.
- Make a choice to let the armies hire your gladiators in the war and track their progress.
- Send out your gladiators on party missions to help villages or plunder barbarians.
- 20 boss fights for primus with ranking(Minotaurs, Dragons, Giants).
- Improved Tutorial, FAQ and Glossary.
- Mac and Linux versions
- Loads of bug fixes, performance improvements and other goodies.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At this point the game is playable and stable with most of the core foundations already in place. there are still many currently-planned features and content additions we will be adding monthly until the full release.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?


How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Community feedback helps us prioritize our long list of planned features and focus on fixing the worst bugs and issues. Thank you very much for your valuable ideas and your feedback that we are considering in the future development! We kindly ask you to submit your compliments, questions, criticism, ideas and feedback to this forum. We will read through it carefully. However we ask you for your understanding if, at this point of development, we can't give definite answers to all your questions.”
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September 23

Update v0.82 - Angry gladiators & Rat infestations

Here are the patch notes:
  • Gladiators can now become enraged!
    If gladiators mood falls below their threshold(9% or below), they get temporarily marked "Mad" and goes berserk for a period of time. In this mode they become a danger to themselves and anyone nearby(specially staff members). They will eventually recover on their own and calm down at sufficiently high mood.
  • Rat infestations now has a chance to spawn from dirt piles
  • Added visual feedback for "Cleanliness" status in Overview
  • Staff will now be visible and show up in the school area
  • Duel zone build cost has been reduced to 100 coins
  • Opponent promoters now has a chance to appear at market
  • Gladiators now gets a mood boost for winning fights in arena
  • Gladiators now gets a mood decrease for losing in the arena
  • Cake has been buffed, it now improves mood and hunger
  • School Overview tab now shows current progress more clearly
  • Overall equipment quality now affects training
  • Overall fame now affects visitors and all school events
  • Comfort & food quality now affects mood and loyalty
  • Adrenaline has been buffed to give 20% of total stamina
  • Defensive stance has been rebalanced
  • Gladiators now prioritise attack when enemy is out of stamina
  • Stun and bleed effects will now reset before fights
  • Total spectators and ticket income now shows prefight
  • League info for all opponent fighters has been added
  • Overall league information and season rules added
  • Interface refinements for Left and Top UI in school
  • Mood gain has been reworked and rebalanced
  • Starvation, injury and exhaustion now drains mood faster
  • Janitor work now drains mood but gives more stamina xp
  • Improved AI and behaviours for gladiators in the school
  • Notifier will now show up when next league fight is ready
  • Transferbutton should be working again as intended
  • Actionmenu is now only visible during daytime
  • Several bugs with physics has been fixed
  • New textures added for staff, normal beds & royal beds
  • Added several new alerts
  • Rival names are now much more interesting and varied
  • Numerous other balance changes, redesigns, and bug fixes
  • Savefiles from previous versions are compatible

    Quick teaser for next update: Recruit Camp!

    Thanks for playing!

    /Raptor Claw
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September 7

UPDATE v0.81 released!

Here are the patch notes:
  • Momentum added (Momentum boosts experience gain from all practice)
  • Win streaks in the arena or pit fights now gives momentum
  • Fighting in duel zone has been reworked and improved
  • Additional physics added in school (Warning: hilarious behaviour)
  • Gladiators can now push each other around and interact with more items
  • Practice weapons, shields and other items now spawns in the school
  • Tavern has been redesigned and improved
  • 4 more levels of spectators/supporters added
  • Tooltips for ultimate and weapon traits added for recruits
  • The mood effects from gifts and requests has been rebalanced
  • Bleeding effects in the arena has been slightly debuffed
  • New soundeffects added
  • Hundreds of other balance changes, text fixes and bug fixes
  • Savefiles from previous version are compatible

Currently in the works:
* Lots more content – new locations, items, characters

As always, thank you for your support, you rock!

P.S – We highly recommend this video series from Deluks Gaming , next time you need a break from watching the "cricket squirrel" run and hide behind a tree ;)

/Raptor Claw
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About This Game

You've just lost your position in the empire army. You set out to begin a new life as a gladiator trainer. Atleast you found an old abandoned farm where you can build your gladiator school. Can you train simple slaves to become fighters and survive the gladiatorial spectacles in the arena? It won't be easy.

Ever since the supreme emperor banished you from the war, your old life have all but disappeared, once the greatest military commander in the empire now forced to recruit soldiers at the local slavemarket. You’ll need to regain your reputation and status in the empire by rising to the top in gladiatorial rankings.

Choose wisely how to level your fighters. Keep a close eye on them, make sure they are loyal or they might rise up against their master. Make sure they fight for you and for your cause. Can you discover the truth about the supreme emperors betrayal and get your revenge or will you get beaten again by the empires finest?

  • Gladiator management sim with RPG and tycoon elements
  • Build and manage your own school for gladiators.
  • Buy or capture slaves to train them as fighters for spectacles in the arena
  • Manage your gladiators mood, needs, practice schedule and treat their wounds.
  • Hire workers, guards, medicus and instructors to improve your school.
  • Gain reputation and compete with other lanista houses from all over the world.
  • Trade food, slaves, weapons and armor at the marketplace.
  • Command your gladiators to fight in the arena to gain reputation and skillpoints.
  • Help your champion become legendary in the arena all the way to the Primus.
  • Arena events also features animals, execution of criminals and rare boss fights.
  • Unlock new ranks, titles, armor, and weapons for your fighters.
  • 14 different gladiator classes with unique ultimate abilitys.
  • 9 different weapon masterys with their own strength and weakness.
  • Reward and promote your gladiators for their loyalty to their dominus.
  • Punish slaves that do not fight well, discipline them or even execute them.
  • Send out scouts on missions to explore the far corners of the world.
  • Gladiatorial ranking - top 10 best gladiators only fight in the Colosseum
  • Rise to the top as gladiator trainer and ascend through a hierarchy of grades.
  • Including meaningful permadeath option for harder difficulty

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista or 7
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9 Compatible Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0a
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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