science fiction

ares magazine web

One Small Step Games had their magazine funded in February 2014 on Kickstarter for $26, 185.  The Ares Magazine is a bi-monthly (twice a month) periodical of science fiction material and a board game.  Yes, that’s correct, a board game is included in each issue of the magazine.

The first issue is 84 pages featuring original science fiction and fantasy stories, an interview with Bruce Cordell, and an article by author William H. Keith.

The press release states that the magazine is available at comic book stores and online and digitally from GooglePlay.

ars victor

Command a furious fighting force of the future in this fast-paced, head-to-head game! Introduce new players with Ars Victor’s easy-to-learn rules, and enjoy a game with strategy deep enough to satisfy even veteran wargamers and all within an hour play time!

To win, you must reduce your enemy’s Glory to zero before they do the same to you. Your successes on the battlefield chip away at your enemy’s Glory. It never goes up, only down; so it’s always a tense, back-and-forth race to the bottom.

Your turn is simple: play a Command Card to activate one or more of your units. Move them across the battlefield, and try to slaughter the enemy. In the process, try to hold on to the three Capture Points in the middle of the board, and keep your Headquarters alive.

Combat is resolved in a single roll of multiple colored dice. Dice quantity and color can be affected by terrain, as well as unit Special Abilities. Simple icons on the dice show the results.

This Limited Edition game includes the first expansion: doubling the number of units, and adding an entirely new faction!

The Ars Victor Limited Edition contains over 3 pounds of components that you can use to crush your enemies:

  • 9 double-sided full-color mounted Map Tiles
  • 60 double-sided 1.5” Unit counters from the Empire of Man
  • 20 red and blue double-sided Banners
  • 6 hexagonal Capture Points
  • Two decks of 24 red and blue Command Cards
  • 12 red, white, and blue custom-molded Combat Dice
  • 14 red and blue Command Counters
  • 1 twenty eight page full-color Rulebook, chock full of rule examples and sample missions
  • 2 full-color double sided Quick Reference sheets

destination neptune

Destination: Neptune Coming Soon

“DESTINATION: NEPTUNE portrays an optimistic vision of commercial space exploration in the next century. Players control an organization with the resources and intent to explore, develop, and colonize the worlds beyond Earth. Organizations that practice careful planning and resource management, with a healthy dose of technology research will succeed. Destination: Neptune moves through four generations of space exploration. Players earn Victory Points by building large commercial outposts and colonies, as well as from fame and outright purchases. After four generations, the player with the most Victory Points wins the game.”

destination neptune card

Check out the rules at the official website:

Our second announcement is about our upcoming game, Quartermaster General due for a Gen Con release:

“Command a major world power during WWII in this fast-paced game of global struggle. Lead your armies and navies in battle as you manage your supply lines in this strategy board game. Card driven action combined with traditional map based gameplay make this a thrilling new take in the WWII action/strategy genre suitable for veteran wargamers and casual board gamers alike.”

Quartermaster General Website:

among the stars

Stronghold Games Press Release

Stronghold Games is proud to announce that the hit game, Among The Stars, published by Artipia Games will be co-published by Stronghold Games, enabling gamers in North America, Australia, and Asia access to this great game from the friendly local and online retailers in these markets.
Among The Stars takes place in a war-ravaged galaxy where the warring alien races have declared peace in the wake of a threat with the potential to destroy them all. An Alliance is established to build space stations throughout the galaxy in order to promote trade among the races, strengthen diplomatic relations, and defend against this impending threat.  Each player takes the role of one of those races trying to build the greatest space station. Through card drafting, the players select locations, and use these to build their station, scoring victory points based on the placement.  The construction lasts four years, and alien race with the most points at the end wins.  A thematic video featuring the great gameplay of Among The Stars is available at this link:
among the stars board
Stronghold Games will first publish the base game of Among The Stars, and this will be followed by the expansionAmong The Stars: The Ambassadors, as well as Among The Star: The Promos, providing its customers worldwide with the full Among The Stars product line.  The latest set of promotional cards, which Artipia Games will be producing and distributing initially via their Kickstarter campaign, will later be boxed into another product from both Stronghold and Artipia, tentatively called Among The Stars: The Promos Two.  Stronghold Games is committed to support this great game completely.
Stronghold Games will print Among The Stars alongside Artipia Games at Ludofact Germany, the leading printer of hobby games in the world. Not only will the games from both companies be of the same great German quality, but this will also enable a virtually simultaneous worldwide release for Stronghold Games’ customers in North America, Australia, and Asia, as well as Artipia Games’ customers in Europe.  Among The Stars is scheduled to be available widely in all markets in September 2014.  Stronghold Games may have advanced copies available to demo or purchase at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana USA in August 2014. The MSRP of Among The Stars is $49.95.
As with all of its new game releases, Stronghold Games will offer Among The Stars to its North American customers via their industry-leading Preorder Program.  The Stronghold Games Preorder Program offers preorder customers 30% off MSRP, as well as the guarantee that their games will ship to them before any other customer, including Distributors and Retailers.  Stronghold Games’ preorders will open in July 2014 with preorder fulfillments to be done in late August/September 2014.
Stronghold Games and Artipia Games expect that this will be a strategic partnership with additional co-publications from Artipia Games’ catalog in the future.  Further products and timelines will be announced as the information becomes available.
“We will continue to bring to North America great games from Europe, as well as support our existing internal game lines”, said Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “We are excited to be working on this project with the excellent company, Artipia Games, and are excited about working with Artipia Games in a strategic manner on future game releases.”

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.

nazca games

Coming Soon from Nazca Games

cipher ops

Cipher Ops is a high-tech cat-and-mouse game between a spy and mercenary unit. One player takes on the role of a specially trained covert operative whose mission is to infiltrate a top-secret remote military base and disable their communication and defense systems. The other player controls the highly trained counter-espionage task force who must stop the infiltrator at all costs.

Cipher OPS is a ‘Stealth Action Game’ for 2 players scheduled to be released at GenCon 2014.

Nazca Games is a small game development company located in Brooklyn, New York. The vision and focus of the company is to create fun, entertaining, and engaging games for families as well as avid gamers. Nazca Games strives to marry interesting themes and fun game mechanics that immerse and challenge the players to create a memorable game experience.