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war of ring anniv 2

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the 2nd Ed. publication of War of the Ring and the 60th anniversary of J.R.R Tolkein’s Return of the King Ares Games has announced they will be publishing an Anniversary Release of War of the Ring 2nd ed. It will consist of 205 hand painted figures, a larger board that will be hot foil stamped, and a unique hard cover strategy guide this is sure to be a beautiful work of art. It is set to be released in the Spring of 2016 and will be pre-order only due to the limited print run of 2,000 copies. Pre-orders will open on July 20th on the Ares Games website and will be limited to one copy per address.

War of the Ring Second Edition – designed by Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi and Francesco Nepitello – is widely recognized as the best boardgame based upon the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. This new edition of the game will feature a set of 205 figures, hand painted in a high quality style; a hot-foil stamped game board, about 20% larger than the normal board included in Second Edition; a unique hardcover strategy guide, the “War of the Ring Companion”, written by Kristofer Bengttson and featuring beautiful artwork by John Howe. The game board, cards and rules will be updated to reflect all the changes introduced by the Second Edition and to incorporate the latest rulings and frequently asked questions.

How this release will compare to the Collectors Edition is a bit uncertain but it is sure to be very well made and a collectors item on it’s own. If you’d like to know more about this you can head over and read the release on Ares Games’ webiste.

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.