The Summer of Gladiators

A Motley Crew of Pugilists Prepare to Bloody the Floor of the Gladiator Ring

Art / Worldbuilding / Community / Utility

The grand vision for RomanPunks is the creation of a massive sci-fi alternate universe in which the setting is Roman-themed, but steeped in cyberpunk-inspired alternate history lore.

Emperor Commodus (center top) has Called for the Summer of Gladiators Tournament to take place in the RomanPunk Discord 🪓#gladiator-ring⚔️

Who are the Players?

128 fighting-class NFTs (those with the Property ‘Type’: Gladiator, Centurion or Soldier) are included in the bracket.

These 10 Punktorian Guard NFTs will be given away to the first 10 Discord users to reach 10,000xp
Screenshot from “Challonge” of Group A Round 1 in progress

How Do They Play?

We have utilized Challonge (owned by Logitech) to organize the tournament brackets.

Challonge provides a robust infrastructure for swiftly and efficiently managing a tournament bracket.
Matches are hyped on Twitter, presented as a throw-back to classic arcade games of the 1980s and 90s
Dice Maiden Bot makes it really easy and quick to stage live battles on a Discord server.
Match results are shared over Twitter, in a style that is a throwback to Street Fighter II arcade.

How are the Odds Calculated?

Each contestant starts with base strength of six 6-sided dice (6d6).

Fighter powers are publicly shared with contestants to help contestants decide which NFTs to collect

What are the Prizes?

There are 3 prizes awarded to the top 3 winners of the Summer of Gladiators Genesis Tournament.

Grand Champion wins the RomanPunk Cyclops NFT (priced at 3ETH)
2nd Place Winner could walk home with the Emperor Septimius Severus
Ape Plebeian Man

When are the Matches Scheduled?

Times may vary, but they are usually held at 9pm EST every day of the week.

How to Enter?

Purchase (or win in a giveaway!) a RomanPunk NFT that has a “Property” with “Type” classified as either SOLDIER, CENTURION or GLADIATOR.

Can I enter more than once?

The NFTs fight against each other whether they are owned by the house or a collector. So the more NFTs you own, of course the better your chances of winning the prize.

Roadmap Sketch for Future ‘Gladiator’ Utility

  1. Multiple rounds of fighting — e.g. ‘best of 5’ dice rolls
  2. ‘Gladiator Groupies’ — a ‘fan club’ for gladiators that can be joined by purchasing an NFT from the same “Property: Race” as the fighter, and opens up a whole new contest with additional prizes.
  3. Team battles, allowing players to join forces to defeat their opponents
  4. More detailed attributes (attack power, defense rating) attached to the properties, allowing for more precise character strength rating
  5. Various multiple-sided dice to affect power ratings, based on the strength/rarity of equipment, class of fighter and previous battle experience of the NFT.
  6. Expansion to WAX blockchain
  7. Infrastructure for betting with exclusive game tokens
  8. Graphical interface for automated gameplay through a dApp
  9. Fully immersive online gaming experience (MMORPG)



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RomanPunks is a crypto world-building movement inspired by fine art, history and the cyberpunk aesthetic.