Domina – A Spectacle of Violence and Greed
Manage a motley crew of gladiatorial savages during Rome’s twilight in “Domina”, the upcoming pixel-art management sim developed by Dolphin Barn.
Due for release on April 3rd, Domina puts players into the sandals of a young Roman woman, the recent heiress of her deceased father’s gladiator “ludus” (school). It is your task to restore the ludus to its former power, honor and glory by leading your gladiators to supreme victory in various arenas around the Empire.
Buy slaves or hire trained soldiers. Maintain health and attitude. Conduct drills and training to develop new skills while equipping your warriors with a variety of weapons and armor. Manipulate powerful senators, generals and consuls. Do all that is necessary to prepare your gladiators for the rigor of mortal combat.
If you have the courage, enter the arena with Grogheads, and check out some screenshots of the latest beta build.
Craig Handler, 25 March 2017
Red is the color of blood. It is pleasing to the Gods.
This is you. Before he died, your father drove the family business into the ground. The odds are not in your favor.
Each game will have you start with different gladiators of various ability and with varying states of equipment and weaponry. The odds are not in their favor either.
Here you can view the pedigree, temperament, health, statistics and equipment of your gladiators. You can reward and encourage them with coin and wine, set them free, sell them, or even put them to death.
Weapons, shields and armor are purchased with coin. Equipment can be upgraded or downgraded.
Use your drill master to train your gladiators with new defensive and offensive skills. Eventually, with the proper research, you will be able to take control of your gladiators in combat.
Join in on the games and review the contract. Select your gladiators wisely and take note of any obstacles that may be thrown in their way. Do the rewards justify the risks?
…and then, Prepare for Battle!
Early fights will be man to man.
…and will almost always result in victory or death. Later battles will involve multiple gladiators, predatory animals, chains, etc. Some gladiators will choose dishonor by begging for their lives.
You must keep your gladiators well fed, hydrated and drunk.
Various characters will visit your ludus offering salves, warriors, money and favor.
Bribe or blackmail magistrates, or get them to sponsor a champion.
Buy more slaves after suffering a defeat.
Hire a wide range of employees, each offering unique benefits.
The right mix of employees in the ludus can make a tremendous difference to the gladiators in the arena.
Combat is in real time. Its nasty, brutish and short.
Treat your gladiators with respect and honor and they might just live to fighter another day.
Domina is scheduled for a Steam release on April 3rd. For more information: