warriors of middle earth

The classic fantasy epic Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien can be experienced in a very immersive way in Ares Games’ War of the Ring, an epic board game in which players can play through Tolkien’s grand saga as they take on the roles of either the Free People of Middle Earth or The Shadow (forces of Sauron).  To date, War of the Ring has had only one smaller expansion, Lords of Middle Earth, but now Ares Games has announced a second expansion for the game, Warriors of Middle Earth.

In the core game, many additional characters appear other than the Free Peoples and the armies of the Shadow, but have not been “playable.”  Now, this new expansion will include Ents, Dead Men of Dunharrow, Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains, Corsairs of Umbar, Wild Hilmen from Dunland, and Giant Spiders.  Each of these character and creature groups will feature miniatures and special abilities.

In Warriors of Middle Earth, new game mechanisms will be introduced to the game, including Faction Dice and Faction Events.  As in the core game and first expansion, Warriors of Middle Earth will be illustrated by John Howe.  This new expansion is set for release in the Q4 of 2015, in or around November.

For more information on this new expansion for War of the Ring, please visit Ares Games’ website here.

At the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas this spring, Ares Games presented two new games slated for a summer 2015 release.

jolly roger

Jolly Roger

Designed by Frederic Moyersoen (SaboteurNuns on the Run)Jolly Roger – A Card Game of Piracy & Mutiny is the first card game published by Ares, and is a semi-cooperative game in which players serve as crew on a pirate ship out for pillage and plunder…and mutiny.  In this fun, fast, rowdy and easy to learn card game, 4-8 players will be doing everything they can to get the most gold to become the richest pirate.  To do so, however, the pirates will need to work together to win battles by playing cards from their hands cooperatively and then sharing equally in the booty.

Mutiny is brewing on the ship, however, and each time the player acting as the ship captain makes an important decision, a member of the crew can cry “Mutiny!”  The pirates will then play cards to attempt to overthrow the captain and take his place.  Hand management is critical for succeeding in battle and being ready for the next mutiny.


Odyssey – Wrath of Poseidon

2-5 players will relive the classic tale of heroism and bravery as they attempt to the Sacred Island to offer prayers to the gods.  One other player takes on the role of Poseidon, god of the sea, who attempts to thwart the players’ quest by sending storms to confound them.  Two identical copies of the board are used in the game: one used by Poseidon, the other by the Navigator players.  The game box is used as a screen to block the view of Poseidon’s board, as he alone knows the true location of the players’ ship at all times.  The Navigator players sail through storms at sea, searching for clues about how to stay on course.  Their goal is to arrive safely at the Sacred Island before all is lost.  The game is designed by Leo Colovini, the game designer of Cartagena, Clans, Aztlán and Inkognito (with Alex Randolph). The game is illustrated by Francesco Mattioli (Micro Monster, Sails of Glory and Dino Race).

Both of these games are set to be released at GenCon 2015.  For more information please visit the Ares Games web site here.