Ares Games is going to be at Origins 2016 and they will be demoing four of the new titles coming out later this year. First will be the second expansion to the War of the Ring game, Warriors of Middle-earth. It will expand your armies bringing in the Ents, Dead Men of Dunharrow, Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains, Corsairs of Umbar, Wild Hilmen from Dunland, and Giant Spiders. All of these were previously only featured on event cards but will now be available to include in your armies and open up new strategies to try come August 2016.
Next they will be demoing Last Friday, this is a one vs. many type game which plays out like the horror movie Friday the 13th with one person playing the Jason character, and everyone else playing campers. This is a campaign style game with 4 different chapters to play where at one point the killer dies, but then comes back from the grave for revenge. Will you be able to survive?
After that you could try Behind the Throne from I-Games, a 2 to 4 player game where you are trying to gain power by controlling servants, nobles, and dignitaries in the aristocracy. Play is quick and simple using set collection which gets you both points and special powers. Whoever ends the game with the most points is crowned the one with absolute power.
Last is the real time game Dungeon Time, a cooperative card game of dungeon adventures and catastrophic failure. The Kickstarter for this game will launch soon after the end of Origins on June 29th, so if you are at Origins you get to try the game before you buy. Play for the game is fast and furious as time ticks down you are drawing and playing as fast as you can to collect the equipment needed to complete your quest. At the end you will do a slower resolution phase where you will go through the story deck and see if you managed to complete all the objectives to win.
Also of note is the new series of Wings of War planes will be available for purchase for the first time at the convention, but even if you can’t attend, the packs will be available through your local retailer on June 17th. You can read more the press release below to see what other games they will be demoing and will have for sale at the convention.
Origins 2016: Ares Games to preview Warriors of Middle-earth, Last Friday, Behind the Throne and Dungeon Time
New releases as the new series of WW2 Wings of Glory Airplane Packs and the Age of Conan expansion, Adventures in Hyboria, will be available for sale at Ares’ booth
Ares Games will attend Origins Game Fair 2016 (Booth #333, June 15-19, Columbus, Ohio) with four upcoming games to be presented to the public for the first time at this show – Warriors of Middle-earth, Last Friday, Behind the Throne and Dungeon Time – along with new products for sale, including the series six of WW2 Wings of Glory Airplane Packs and Adventures in Hyboria, the expansion for Age of Conan Strategy Board Game.
At Ares Games’ booth, visitors will also have the chance to try many other games already available, such as Odyssey – Wrath of Poseidon, Jolly Roger, Age of Conan Strategy Boardgame, Wings of Glory, Sails of Glory, Galaxy Defenders, War of the Ring, Battle of Five Armies and other Euro and Family and Card games, including the storytelling game Co-Mix, nominated for the Origins Awards, in the Family Game category.
A prototype of Warriors of Middle-earth, the new expansion for War of the Ring Second Edition due to release in August, will be showcased, while the upcoming games Last Friday and Behind the Throne, coming in August, and Dungeon Time, to be launched on Kickstarter on June 29th, will have pre-production copies in demo at the show.
The new series of WW2 Wings of Glory Airplane Packs featuring the Messerschmitt Bf.109, Republic P-47, Yokosuka D4Y Suisei, and Douglas SBD Dauntless will be available for sale for the first time at the show – they will start to hit the stores on June, 17th; other new arrivals are the recently releasedAdventures in Hyboria and the Sails of Glory Cloth bags. Promotional items will be given with some purchases – the promotions will be announced at the show and on Ares Games Facebook page.
In addition to the activities at the Ares’ booth, several events dedicated to Wings of Glory and Sails of Glory will be hosted by Buckeye Gamers in Flight, Wings of Glory Aerodrome, and Sails of Glory Anchorage, with prize support by Ares.
Upcoming new games
- Warriors of Middle-earth is the second expansion for War of the Ring Second Edition board game. It will bring Ents, Dead Men of Dunharrow, Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains, Corsairs of Umbar, Wild Hilmen from Dunland, and Giant Spiders, previously featured only as special Event Cards. They will become essential part of the game, with unique figures and specific abilities to be combined with new mechanics to open up new strategies when playing the War of the Ringboard game.Warriors of Middle-earth is fully illustrated by John Howe, one of the world’s foremost Tolkien illustrators, and the main artist of the War of the Ring line.
- Last Friday is a scary board game set in a cursed summer camp on which hangs a curse. This is a story of a maniac who died and rose again. In the role of young campers, players are challenged to survive a long weekend of terror or take the role of the undying psychopath hiding in the shadows of the forest. The game is divided into 4 chapters full of horror and suspense (Arrival at the Camp, The Chase, The Massacre and The Final Chapter) – each chapter plays out very differently, as the hunter becomes the prey, then comes back from the dead looking for revenge. Designed by Antonio Ferrara and Sebastiano Fiorillo (authors of the horror-themed card game“Stay Away!”) Last Friday is a hidden movement, hunt and deduction horror game for 2 to 6 players.
- Behind the Throne is a simple and fast card game designed by I-Games – the team behind the popular “Mysterium” board game. Secret organizations are fighting for the right to rule over the Old Kingdom. Those who are struggling for power in the shadow of the royal throne are used to intrigues, blackmails and threats. The more servants, nobles and dignitaries they control, the closer to the goal they are. Players collect sets of cards gaining special abilities and victory points. Various abilities make it easier to collect the cards, with victory points determining the winner. The game is suited for 2 to 4 players.
- Dungeon Time is a real time, cooperative card game of exciting dungeon adventures and catastrophic failures for 1 to 5 players, designed by Carlo Rossi. Players will enter a fantasy realm with only 5 minutes to complete their missions. As the sand falls in the sand timer, players must race through the dungeon deck to complete as many missions as they can, before the last grain of sand falls. Simultaneously, they draw, play, draw, frantically looking for all the items needed to complete their missions. They must get the items in play as fast as they can, then complete a mission by playing it on the story deck at the right time, when they have the right equipment. When time runs out, players check the deck, to find out if they fail or if they win… and level up to higher challenges.
For more information about the games, visit Ares Games website – www.aresgames.eu. At Origins Game Fair, visit Ares Games at booth 333.
About Ares Games
Ares Games is an Italian board game publisher established in 2011 to create quality hobby products for the international audience. Ares Games is the publisher of the award-winning “War of the Ring” board game, of “Wings of Glory” range of airplane combat games and miniatures, recreating aerial warfare in WW1 and WW2, and more recently, of the award-winning tactical ship-to-ship miniature game “Sails of Glory,” and the cooperative tactical Sci-Fi miniatures game “Galaxy Defenders.” Ares Games’ catalog also includes Family Games and Euro Games. For further information, visit the website www.aresgames.eu and the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/AresGames.