This is a game based loosely on Gladiator and Spartacus: Blood and Sand. It will be used as a full game and also as a test-bed for combat related goodness.
Ludus Magnus will have to game modes, Gladiator and Lanista.
In Gladiator mode, you will control a single gladiator as you try to win fame, fortune, and finally your freedom.
In Lanista mode, you are the owner of a gladiator training school. Your goal is to grow your school into the most respected ludus in the nation. You'll be able to let the computer simulate your gladiator matches, or take direct control of your fighters at any time.
The combat is heavily influenced by Dwarf Fortress. Being able to lose body parts is required to describe the brutality of ancient gladiator combat.