Marco Maggi

Based on the popular board game series, CMON Limited has partnered with Need Games! in Italy to bring you an RPG that will put your group right in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.  In Zombicide: Role Playing Game players will experience the excitement of creating and developing their characters while using the mechanics of the board game and the game master will use Zombicide dice to determine player actions, determine strength and actions of the enemy. The first adventure titled The Crossroad will have the players create their backstory and how they came to trust and protect each other. In the words of the creators,

The Crossroad is a fully-customizable entry point, created to allow for different play-styles and settings, whether a classic urban locale, an infested shopping mall or hospital, a remote scientific lab, and more.”

CMON and Need Games! are slating Z:RPG for Kickstarter for the 4th quarter of 2019.  Co-Designer Francesco Nepitello will be available at Gen Con 2018 booth 415

Ares Games has put out some interesting details about their next game in War of the Ring line, Hunt for the Ring. This new game takes place in the early chapters of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, in which one player controls Frodo and company, and are trying to get to Rivendell, while up to four others control the Nazgul, searching for the ring. The game plays in two radically different chapters divided by the hobbits’ arrival in Bree, with different boards and mechanics. In the first chapter, the hobbits use hidden movement while the Nazgul search for their location, but in the second chapter the hobbits’ movement is dictated by card draws from a Journey deck, giving many different routes to arrive at Rivendell in 16 turns. During this second chapter, the Frodo player will control Gandalf and try to draw the Nazgul away from the hobbits.

The Frodo player also has special ability cards for his companions, with separate first and second chapter abilities, however each card’s ability can only be used in one of the chapters, not in both. The Nazgul player also has special abilities, but these are dictated by use of special dice. If the Nazgul find Frodo and his companions, the Frodo player accumulates penalty points, known as Corruption, making the Nazgul’s strategy to slow and Corrupt the party, forcing Frodo to discard his ability cards and fail Corruption tests. Finally, game turns take place in three different hours, where Nazgul are weaker during the daylight, but stronger at night.

The Frodo player must get to Bree within 16 turns, with each extra turn bringing Corruption, while the Nazgul player must find Frodo and the Ring during their 16 turn trek from Bree to Rivendell, inflicting more and more Corruption, as they strive to escape. If a Corruption Test is called when Frodo has 16 or more Corruption Points, the Frodo player loses. You can read more about Hunt for the Ring at Ares website here.

The Hunt for the Ring is due to be released in Summer 2017, and is being developed by the designers of War of the Ring and Battle of Five Armies, Francesco Nepitello and Marco Maggi, along with veteran hidden movement game designer Gabriele Mari (Letters From Whitechapel, Mister X).

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.