Great news for all – Ares Games will be bringing Ludus Magnus Studio’s games to worldwide distribution with English language support. This partnership will begin with the retail edition of the huge Kickstarter success, Black Rose Wars. This mage vs mage battle royale for 2 to 4 players, designed by Marco Montanaro, features some of the highest quality miniatures in the market and is just the sort of excellent product to be paired with Ares Games’ outreach. While this new version of Black Rose Wars will be different from the one backers received, mostly to fit a better price point, it’s gameplay will remain intact.
“We love what Ludus Magnus Studio is doing– their games have amazing gameplay value and beautiful components. This young and energetic studio was very successful on Kickstarter, but their creations deserve to reach an even wider audience, and we will work together to make this possible,” said Roberto Di Meglio, Director of R&D of Ares Games.
Ares Games will also be distributing the retail version of Ludus Magnus’ current Kickstarter project, Dungeonology. Designed by Diego Fonseca and Danilo Guidi, this game flips dungeon crawling on it’s head by posing players as scholars who are studying the dungeon and it’s inhabitants rather than ransacking it. As of writing this, it has already been funded six times over proving that it’s novel concept is worth the look. If you’d like to learn more about Ludus Magnus Studio’s games, or more about this partnership, check out bothcompanies websites for all current projects, details, and updates.
Director of R&D at Ares Games, Roberto Di Meglio, expressed that Ares Games found strong brand alignment between the two companies and the benefits of the Ares Games distribution network:
Ares started developing a strong US and worldwide distribution for our products six years ago, and we now feel we are able to provide a good service to our customers, and to our partner Galakta, by promoting their games together with ours. Games such as This War of Mine The Board Game and Age of Thieves and the rest of Galakta’s releases are very consistent with our product and design philosophy, and we are committed to make them a success in the North American market and around the world.
Galakta owner Dariusz Waszkiewicz is excited to get these games to new markets:
For the last 13 years, we have succeeded in building a very strong position on Polish board game market and a few years ago, we started developing our own titles. We have worked several times with the Ares Games team on some of their great titles, and at the same time, we could see how they were growing outside Europe. We are convinced that thanks to this extended relationship our games will become available to many board game fans all over the World.
Secret organizations are fighting for the right to rule over the Old Kingdom!
Designed by Oleksandr Nevskiy and Oleg Sidorenko (Mysterium), and illustrated by Denys Martynets, Behind the Throneis a new push-your-luck card game in which players will be collecting sets of cards to obtain special abilities and victory points. All the while players “struggle for power in the shadow of the royal throne” amidst intrigue, blackmail and multiple threats. The more servants, nobles and dignitaries that players control (represented by the cards), the closer to the goal they are.
Ares Games has announced a license agreement with Ukrainian games publisher IGames in order to publish this game, and the plan is to release it in four different languages: English, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese.
The two companies have the following to say about the partnership and the game:
“We are very proud to be a partner of IGames, a company with a great attention to detail and quality. We are confident Behind the Throne will be a great addition to our card games line – it is simple and fun, but it is also surprisingly deep as you learn to play.” –Roberto Di Meglio, Director of R&D of Ares Games.
”It was very comfortable to work on the project with Ares Games, as they are also both publishers and board game designers. They know exactly what the creative process means. And they were very patient and understanding when we needed some more time for balancing the game. We wanted to create a fast and entertaining gameplay, and full of interesting decisions and at the same time the game had to have minimum components and very fast setup.” –Oleksandr Nevskiy, Creative director of IGames.
Behind the Throne is a game for 2-4 players ages 8 and up and is scheduled for release in the USA in the summer of 2016. For more information about this partnership and this new card game, visit Ares Games’ website here.
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.
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.