Reviewed by Herb Levy
CHARIOTS OF ROME (Victory Point Games, 2 to 8 players, ages 14 and up, 60-120 minutes; $45)
One of the great segments in movie history is the chariot racing scene from Ben Hur as teams of horses streak around and around the track against a background of cheering crowds. But soon the race became a struggle between two teams of horses: those commanded by the Roman leader Messala and those of Judah Ben Hur. The ensuing carnage that led to victory (with special effects done without the aid of computers) helped earn the film a (since tied but still unbroken) record of 11 Academy Awards! In an attempt to capture that same sort of racing danger and excitement, Sean Young has designed Chariots of Rome.