Ares Games announced they will be previewing two (Battle of Five Armies & Dino Race) of their upcoming releases at GAMA trade show next week.

“The Battle of Five Armies is a two-players game that allows you to re-create the epic conclusion of The Hobbit, the world-renowned masterpiece by J.R.R. Tolkien. One player is in command of the Shadow armies, led by Bolg, son of Azog, the King of the Goblins of Mount Gundabad, and a second player controls the Free Peoples army, composed of Elves, Dwarves and Men. Based on the acclaimed mechanics used in the War of the Ring boardgame, the game merges action dice and event cards, and the system has been further enhanced by the addition of the “Fate Track” mechanic, handling the arrival of the allies and the triggering of special events.”

battle of five armies

“Dino Race is a new simple and fun boardgame, for 2 to 4 players, enhanced by cute painted dinosaur miniatures by Michelangelo Ricci and captivating artwork by Francesco Mattioli. Trying to save their dinosaurs from extinction, players run as fast as possible through plains, deserts, swamps and jungles while avoiding the nasty tricks of the opponents. Each player must bring his dinosaur couple to the end of the race track, scoring points when one of his dinos finishes the race. Players also score points bringing the dino egg to safety. More information about Ares’ new game will be available at the show.”


Roughly how I feel when I play Netrunner


“Try on this definition of “mature” and see what you think of it: Maturity means running toward new things, to see what you can learn, where before you ran away from them,” writes Leigh Alexander for Shut Up & Sit Down, in an absolutely essential and excellent long-form piece detailing one woman (and her mentor friend, Su&Sd’s Quinns) journey as she waded into the murky and vast world of Android: Netrunner.

Alexander takes a good, long look into learning what is arguably a very hardcore game with a strong, and ever-shifting meta, as well as a personal take on struggling with learning a fairly technical style of game in the face of a learning disability. The article marks both an impressive journey from struggling newbie to self-assured gamer for the author, and a friendly glance into just what Android: Netrunner is really all about.

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Personally Incorrect!

Appropriately Inappropriate Hilariously Fun to Play Again and Again The Most Fun You Will Ever Have While Being a Terrible Human Being! Unlike other lame comparison games that try to be cleverly ‘edgy’, Personally Incorrect was designed specifically so that every round will offend people! Why play a tiring game that makes generic statements? Personally Incorrect attacks the people you are playing with – and no one is safe!

One player reads a Question Card out to the group, replacing “Insert Name” with the name of a person at the table. The other players then pick a highly-offensive answer card from their hand to give to the reader. The reader then reads the card again, one-by-one, filling in the blanks with the provided answers. Once everyone is done pissing their pants laughing, players then vote on the answer they want to win! No dictator B.S. here; every one of the terrible people playing the game gets a say!

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Ninja Dice

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In Ninja Dice, a push-your-luck dice game with a Japanese theme, players compete to see which of them is the greatest Ninja.

To play, each player rolls House dice to create unique combinations of challenges. Players roll their Skill dice to come up with ways to beat these challenges. Players can also roll special Fortune faces that boost dice, but only if the dice they are boosting lie in specific positions on the table, a system that is new and unique to games of this kind.

Releasing with the base game is the Location Cards expansion.

ninja dice cards

Normally, in Ninja Dice, the House dice are rolled to create the House and its challenges for you to play against in your turn (while all the other players frantically try and stop you). These Location cards represent unique places with additional challenges, special rules, and thematic artwork to really enhance your Ninja experience. Choosing to use these Location Cards in a round adds to the difficulty of the round but increases the reward if you succeed. Sometimes there are more Guards, harder Locks, or new rules entirely!

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Special GMT Update

This Special Update is to let you guys know what’s happening with the development of our electronic versions of Twilight Struggle.

As many of you may remember, when we first put our Electronic PC version of Twilight Struggle on our P500 list, I assured you guys that there was no way I was going to charge your cards or release that game unless I was satisfied that it would deliver a high-quality game experience, comparable to the other most popular boardgame to electronic conversions. Regrettably, after a long and challenging development process, I have come to the conclusion that the current PC version will not meet that standard, at least not in any reasonable time frame. Thus, after consulting personally with several experienced PC industry people who I trust and who were involved in the TS electronic version testing process, and with Tony Curtis, our LLC Manager, we have decided to cancel this project, effective immediately.

I want to thank all of you who supported us by pre-ordering the game and especially those of you who gave of your time to help us test it. I wish that we had been able to deliver the product we had envisioned in a timely manner.

And I want to thank all the folks at RiverMyst software, a group of  really good people who I enjoyed meeting and getting to know over the years. I appreciate all the time they put into the project to try to make it happen and I certainly wish them only the best for the future. Alas, I think that between us, we just didn’t have the necessary “PC Game-Building” experience to get this project over the finish line at a quality level and with a feature set that we would all be happy with. And I wasn’t willing to keep you guys who were anxiously anticipating the game waiting any longer for a product whose delivery we could not project with any certainty.

What if You Have a P500 Order for the Game?

The impact to you guys who have pre-ordered the game will be nil, except for the unfortunate fact that we won’t be producing the game. I have already deleted the item from our P500 list, so you won’t see it on the P500 page or on your Personal Data Sheets on our website anymore.

So, What’s Next?

We are keenly aware of the market share impact that tablet games have had over the past few years. And we’ve read all of those “please get Twilight Struggle to iPad!” e-mails and comments you guys have sent and posted online. And we’ve turned down quite a few companies who wanted to do a tablet version of TS over the past few years because we wanted to get the computer game to the finish line. But that’s now all moot with the PC game cancelled, so our priority at this point is to get an agreement for a tablet version – and potentially maybe even a cross-platform version – in place. We’re not ready to share any details on that front yet, but do think we have an agreement on the horizon. We expect to have more information for you guys on that later this Spring.


We’re really sorry that our first attempt at getting Twilight Struggle created on an electronic platform didn’t cross the finish line, and that so many of you waited in anticipation to no avail. We’re going to take the lesson learned and improve our process this time, as we work toward a tablet version of Twilight Struggle.

I hope this information is helpful. Thanks, as always, for your support of GMT!

Enjoy the games!

pirate den

Pirate Den is a pirate-themed bluffing game for 3 to 5 players ages 14 and up that plays in less than 30 minutes. It’s ideal for casual gamers looking for a fun time as well as deeper strategy players looking for a quick filler. Adding rum to the mix makes for a great evening of gaming with a truly fun and engaging pirate theme!

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It’s the golden age of sail and each player takes on the role of legendary pirate captains plundering the seas. The British East Indies Company, the Dutch East Indies Company, and the Spanish-Portuguese Empire are sailing the high seas heavily laden with cash from their colonies. They’re easy pickings for a famous and daring pirate like yourself! The trick is that while pirates can plunder ships at sea, they can also steal from other pirates. This exciting dynamic makes Pirate Den an addicting game of greed and betrayal.

The closing date on Kickstarter is Apr 10 2014, the funding goal for the project is $25,000.  Pledge $25 to get one copy of the base game with free shipping to US backers. The estimated delivery date is Oct 2014.

galaxy defenders

Galaxy Defenders will be arriving at retail locations on March 17.  Initially, publisher Ares Games launched the kickstarter project last year and funded in April for $180,252 with a goal of $40,000.

This is a thematic, cooperative, science fiction game of alien invasion.  Players become an agent with special powers defending Earth in a story driven campaign.  Missions can have a variety of endings, which then affects the story.  A card deck controls the attacking aliens, with the card drawn determining which type of aliens are activated that turn.

The 6.5 pound base set comes with 28 detailed miniatures, tokens, cards, overlays, tiles for a modular game board, and custom dice.

galaxy defenders agents

Also releasing at the same time, the expansion, Elite Alien Army and Galaxy Defenders Special Dice.  Elite Alien Army requires the base game and can replace elements or be entirely incorporated into gameplay.  It will include 20 detailed miniatures and new aliens.  The Special Dice that will be available are going to be a set of 10 high quality plastic dice that players can use to fight and level-up with player’s agents.

happy birthday

Happy Birthday! is the hilarious game where players of all ages surprise each other with outrageous and cool gifts. Players give each other gifts from their hand, when the gifted player choses which gift is the best, the player who gifted it receives points. The player who gives the best gifts and scores the most points wins!

So easy and fun kids will start laughing as soon as they open the box, turning any event into a party. Happy Birthday! is ideal for kids’ birthday parties too!

Happy Birthday! will be released next month.

pack of heroes

Pack of Heroes is a superhero card game from the designer of Sushi Go!, Dungeon Raiders and Archaeology! Choose your very own team of superheroes from the 40 unique heroes in the game. Then fight your opponent in an all-out tactical battle with surprising super powers and killer combinations! Whichever team wins will be declared the official superhero team of Power City!

pack of heroes cards

Pack of Heroes is set in a fun parallel universe of vintage comics. Each hero card features amazing artwork, fun stats and an origin story. The game even comes with a 12 page mini comic book and a 24 page hero almanac! Pack of Heroes is for 2 players aged 10 and up and takes around 20 minutes.

Pack of Heroes will be available next month.

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Baseball Highlights 2045 – New Card Game by Mike Fitzgerald

American baseball was on its last legs as a spectator sport. Football had become the predominant national pastime — that is until the year 2032, the year baseball decided to revolutionize the game and regain the throne! Starting in 2032, baseball games were shortened to six innings. Pitchers were encouraged to have bionic arm implants to improve their pitching. These cyborgs, or ‘Borgs as they’re affectionately known, were immediately popular and soon ruled the league. In 2041, robotic players were introduced to get more offense back into the game. These robots were similar to designated hitters in that they were used only to bat and did not field. However, recent reports indicate fielding ‘Bots are on the way.

baseball highlights cards

Now in 2045, human players are still in the game and known as Naturals. They are the best fielders by far but are sorely challenged when it comes to hitting and pitching. Some Naturals have learned to hit by swinging before the pitcher starts his windup, which gives them a chance to hit the ball. Although it’s hard for a Natural to get into the league, those who do are popular. Many Naturals have named themselves after the great players of pre-2032 baseball by taking a first and last name borrowed from different star players of the past. The fans love them, and their presence on the team ensures good revenue!

The closing date on Kickstarter is Apr 3 2014, the funding goal for the project is $10,000, and the project has already funded.  Pledge $32 get a copy of Baseball Highlights 2045 and all stretch goals. The estimated delivery date is Sept 2014.