The answer is too long for this board but I'll try to sum it up as best as I can: Colosseum is a strategy game based on a Rome-like world. It focuses on the arena (gladitorial combat) but is much more than just that. Citizens (players) get involved in the world, effecting politics, history and plot lines. It's a content system which means it's more text than graphics... players will need to read to be successful. Our tag line is 'Bringing Your Brain Back to the Game' and we mean exactly that. To do well, the player must learn as much as they can from the rich background and story lines. Reviewing the end of the combat matches, searching only for what the gladiator learned or achieved will not get a player far. Reading the deep text within the match may reveal things that could beneficially impact strategy the next time around.
What we really like about the game system is the stuff outside the combat. The university, senate, political intrigue, mystery and puzzle solving as well as the rich content supported by fantastic art will be what keeps players in the game. Sure, having the undefeated gladiator in the last round of a weapon tournament is awesome but a player becoming Senator and shaping the laws of the city and empire can be even more rewarding... Did we mention some Senators have to be elected too?
I'd like to hear what you think on the above thread.