Josh Carlson
12:58 AM

Shipping Update, RoR Game Info, and RoR KS Exclusives!

Shipping Update

We are now closing in on 60% finished with shipping and now that we have our process refined and some consistent help, things are speeding up! This has been a long process for the two of us but not nearly as long as what it must feel like for our backers! We appreciate your patience! Games are shipping daily! Thank you everyone who has sent in your new addresses! 

We don't mind people checking in or asking where things are at, but please know that if you haven't received your game yet, it's not lost in the mail! You WILL receive a notification once it has shipped! 


RoR Game Info

New RoR Gameplay Videos will be posted on our site later this week as well as detailed video overviews of all the new Add-on chips and abilities so be watching our website for those to appear (we will also post another update when they do). 

Also, if you want to get a head start on the rules, feel free to download them here: 


RoR KS Exclusives

As more and more Kickstarter orders are being filled, we wanted to take a moment and detail out what will be coming with your order that is strictly considered Kickstarter Exclusive material. Because none of this content is part of the retail version of the game, you will not find explanation on how to use it within the gamebox. This update will hopefully help clarify (as will our website)! 


Flippin' Flip Chip

This is the one piece we DID write into the rulebook! It serves one frivolous but oh-so-important purpose...Flip the flippin flip chip to see who starts the game! 


Custom Titan Dice (2)

These two dice are used with 2 of the 4 Titans that come with Rise of Rome. When the card asks you to roll a D6, that's when you whip out your custom Titan die and let er fly! 



Hero Mash-up (3 chips) and Roman Heroes (3 chips)

These 6 Chips are all Crowd Favor Gladiators and are meant to be shuffled in with your two CF Gladiators that come with RoR. Your CF Gladiator is the final CF Reward you unlock within the game and can be of great assistance in ensuring victory!

Here is a list of all 6 chips that are included:

    • Hugo (undead)
    • Taleena (elven)
    • Occuria (angelic)
    • Spartacus
    • Emperor Commodus
    • Caracalla

For now, all abilities, alts, and innates for these units are listed within our Master List which you can reference at any time. Soon we will be creating a downloadable PDF of just these abliites so you can print them out and have them nearby while playing. 


Tribute (2 chips)

These two Tribute chips are for use with two special PvP modes created for TLC. Find out more about them here!


Equipment (4 chips)

These 4 equipment pieces are for use within any of our arenas, including the Training Grounds! The Xanadian Crossbow, Centurion Helm, Roman Parmula, and the Pompeiian Whip are all optional play pieces. Refer to Add-on Rulebook for instructions on how to set up and play with Equipment here!


Containers (3 chips)

These 3 container chips are sharp looking (but purely cosmetic) chips that signify the boxes or barrels your equipment is found in when playing Hoplo. Follow the normal Equipment rules linked above to setup your equipment. Once finished, place the appropriate container (that matches the amount of health you chose for it) on top of the stack. That's it! Now enjoy bashing boxes and crates to get at the goods inside!


Beast and Master Add-On (10 chips)

This is NOT exclusive to the Kickstarter and can be purchased as an add-on however, it was unlocked and therefore included free-of-charge for everyone who was a part of the Kickstarter.

Here is a list of all 10 chips represented in this Add-on:

      • El Doradian BeastMaster
      • Emerald Falcon
      • Pompeiian BeastMaster
      • Mist Panther
      • Xanadian BeastMaster
      • Slateback Gorilla
      • Atlantean BeastMaster
      • Sea Crocodile
      • Roman BeastMaster
      • Armored Rhino


Paying Homage Add-On (7 chips)

While this IS exclusive to the Kickstarter, it is also something that was not free. This Add-on needed to be purchased. Like the Hero Mash-up and Roman Heroes, these 7 chips are also CF Gladiators and are to be shuffled and chosen from when selecting and placing your CF Rewards.

Here is a list of all 7 chips that are included:

      • VarLance
      • Norris
      • SuperDad
      • Tox
      • Vass El'Tori
      • Jeffory
      • Hectros

For now, all abilities, alts, and innates for these units are listed within our Master List which you can reference at any time. Soon we will be creating a downloadable PDF of just these abilities so you can print them out and have them nearby while playing.

Josh Carlson
7:01 AM

Top 10 Solo Board Games from Box of Delights!

Firmly placed between Marvel's incredible deck builder Legendary, and Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, Box of Delights has named Hoplomachus: The Lost Cities it's #4 solo game of all time!!! We couldn't be more honored! Again, if you're a fan of board games and need an inside track on what's worth playing, you should swing by Box of Delights on YouTube (!!

Josh Carlson
9:38 AM

2nd Edition is on its way to the US!


We are proud to finally announce that Hoplo 2nd and ROR are both shipping to the US, RIGHT NOW!  Shipping times vary due to customs, so we can't nail down the date they'll be on our door just yet. Once they arrive you better believe that we'll be tearing through the shipment - QA'ing games left and right so we can begin shipping post haste! (we estimate 2 weeks to ship everything, so take that into account!). The important thing is, they're finally shipping to us!  

We certainly haven't been sitting on our hands while we've been waiting for the shipment along with the rest of you. There's a lot of new developments, so lets dive in! Currently, we're working on things like: 



  • Finalizing the ALL NEW, (prepping it for online orders of both Hoplo 2nd, RoR, and all Add-ons)!
  • ChipTheoryGames is attending Con of the North! The Twin Cities' longest running games convention will be getting a heavy dose of Hoplo this year with 2 demo tables, a giant, playable Hoplo TG board, and full vendor booth! Events are listed at:
  • Finalizing details with our local professional print shop on rule-books/reference cards.
  • Briefing our US based assembly/QA team for the torrent of games coming our way to make the shipping process as smooth and error free as possible.

Finally, for anyone that isn't following us on Twitter and Facebook we're currently running a promotion for extremely LIMITED Hoplo unit chips designed by each one of the Hoplo Team!  When Facebook hits 200 likes, and Twitter hits 300 followers, (separate promotions) we'll ship a full set of all three unit chips to one random follower!  Then for every 20 likes/followers thereafter, we'll be giving away one chip until we're all out!  These were printed in EXTREME limited quantities, so like/follow us if you haven't yet!  



We couldn't be more happy that ROR is finally on it's way.  We thank you all for your continued loyalty and patience during the process. We're so close!  

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