Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.

Conor McGoey started Inside Up Games after he was injured and had a few weeks off of his job and decided to take that time to pursue his passion. In combination with Jordan Danielson of Lost Art, he is chasing his dream job of being a game creator. With Conor’s humor and game skills and Jordan’s fun illustration, his company is quickly gaining popularity in the gaming industry. It’s easy to see why these men make the perfect duo. Gorus Maximus is their third game together, previously creating Vault Assault, and Summit the board game. Their games are now being played in over 50 countries around the world and have been translated into French, German, and Spanish.

Inside Up Games has been rapidly gaining popularity among the gaming community. Gorus Maximus caused quite the excitement on Kickstarter with its release. Gamer fans devoured their funding goal in just under 12 hours with a lot of people making pledges mid demo. Conor was floored by the excited response to his game and wanted to humbly thank everyone for their overwhelming support. They have gone on to be able to provide 10 levels of funding stretch goals releasing all sorts of promotional products to funders.

Gorus Maximus is set in the year 66 B.C., when gladiator games were at the pinnacle of violence. Gorus Maximus excites the masses with an exceptionally bloody game where you will encounter vulnerable competition, blood drenched gladiators, bone crunching lions, and….. ostriches???? There are also martyrs. In the game players are able to recruit gladiators and beasts to challenge each other and win the fight. It is a game of politics as the goal is to earth support of the crowd by playing the most popular gladiators. Each of the gladiators is assigned a certain number of crowd support.

Rounds in the game are played similar to how hearts is played with the dominant card player taking all of the cards and adding them to his victory pile to be added up at the end. The most popular card player gets a crowd support card. The goal is to be able to win three of the crowd support cards and be the most popular.


Gorus Maximus has a unique style that is clever. The illustrations are appealing to look at and a bit of humor can be found in the cards. There is definitely a lot of personality that is woven into this game and it is easy to see why it is gaining popularity.  It is recommended for ages 14 and up and is considered a PG13 game.

Game Information:
Number of players: 1-8
Suggested Age: 14 and up
Suggested Play Time: 30-45 minutes

Included in the box:
80 gladiator cards
17 crowd support tokens
1 preferred school card and tracker
1 rule book
1 box insert

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: June 11, 2018
Ship Date: Dec 21, 2018
Website: Inside Up Games