The protagonists being forced to fight in a gladiatorial arena or fighting pit is littered throughout sci-fi and fantasy mediums. (Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet Hulk, Game of Thrones, John Carter, Mad Max, Hunger Games). It is also a staple of roleplaying games. It is an interesting way to start a campaign(DCC funnel anyone) or a great place to introduce new players into your game.
The players are forced to fight for spectators in an arena. This could be a grand coliseum or a fighting pit. How they got in this situation is up to you. It could be the result of them being captured or part of a bargain with the authorities of the place or even something they volunteered as a show of skill or as part of a contest. Continue reading “Set Piece: The Gladiatorial Arena”