Sword & Sorcery

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 both companies websites for all current projects, details, and updates.

Sword & Sorcery (also known as Sword & Sorcery: Immortal Souls) was originally released in 2017 and quickly sold out even though it was released with many other critically acclaimed dungeon crawlers that year. Sword & Sorcery is a cooperative, fantasy, dungeon delving board game in which 1-5 players combat the forces of evil, controlled by the game itself. Players control legendary characters recalled from the dead and made immortal by Three Gods, resulting in them being weakened by resurrection, but grow stronger through story-driven quests.

Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles is a standalone expansion to the original game which sets up a new story cycle and serves as a new starting point for the game. The characters from this game are compatible with the original if players wish to replay it with the newer heroes, or vice versa, if players want to play with the original heroes in this game. The story takes place in the distant past of events narrated in the original game. Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles is designed by Simone Romano and Nunzio Surace from Gremlin Project (also known for Galaxy Defenders), with art by Mario BarbatiFabrizio FiorentinoPhroilan Gardner, and Fausto Gutierrez, and distributed by Ares Games.

The Kickstarter project has a single, Legendary Hero, pledge level which includes the special Kickstarter content, as well as unlocked stretch goals. Its set to end on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018, with expected delivery taking place in December of 2019. Its already surpassed its funding goal with over 1700 backers.

 

Ares Games have announced plans to release Darkness Falls in August 2018, an expansion to the epic Sword & Sorcery campaign. The newest campaign pushes the heroes towards their final destiny, recreating the final act of the legendary saga.

The darkness is covering all the land, the cemetery gates are no longer closed, and the immortal heroes must now face enemies who ignore pain and never sleep… the undead army! Skeletons, vampires and werewolves appear everywhere… Will the heroes accomplish their mission and finally free their souls from the soul gems’ spell?

In this expansion players can expect to find new soul rank powers and challenging new enemies, providing what is like to be an intense new experience for those who have been wandering in the Sword & Sorcery universe.

The new campaign will be played through seven new high-level quests, using a combination of Storybook, Book of Secrets and cards to drive players towards a story-driving end to the Immortal Souls campaign.

To get players to the end the Darkness Falls expansion will include includes 20 new enemies: Succubi, Skeletons, Death Knights, and Werewolves. The game will also include two new master enemies, new Act II cards for items, traps, treasure, events and enemies.

Darkness Falls has 1-5 brave souls ages 13+ playing for +30 minutes per scenario.

Number of Players: 1-5
Length: 30+
Age: 13+

What’s in the Box?
Darkness Falls will include:
  • 1 Storybook
  • 1 Book of Secrets
  • 1 Reference Sheet
  • 23 32mm Scale Plastic Figures
  • 14 Double–sided Map Tiles
  • 1 Werewolf Sheet
  • 2 Master Enemy Scrolls
  • 15 Enemy Scrolls
  • 109 Cards
  • 129 Tokens and Markers

About Sword & Sorcery
Released in 2017, Sword & Sorcery is an epic-fantasy cooperative board game for 1-5 players who battle together against the forces of evil. While evil is controlled by the game system, each player will control one or more heroes who have been brought to life through powerful sorcery yet have been weakened during their resurrection. Players will acquire soul points during their quests to gain strength and restore their legendary status.

The game was designed by Gremlin Project and is an evolution of the Galaxy Defenders game.

Ares Games, publishers of hits such as War of the Ring and Sword & Sorcery (but also well known for publishing many war-themed games), announced a partnership with Pendragon Games to distribute titles in North America. They will be starting with Hexamonia and Waterloo. Their official press release follows:

The two companies extend their co-operation partnership to distribution, starting with the Greek-themed “Hexemonia” and the Napoleonic “Waterloo: Enemy Mistakes” board games

HEX_3d_boxAres Games and Pendragon Game Studio announce they are extending the scope of their partnership, which began in 2016 with the release of the survival horror board game “Last Friday”. Ares Games will also distribute games directly published in English by Pendragon, starting with the epic, ancient-Greece themed “Hexemonia” and the Napoleonic game “Waterloo: Enemy Mistakes.”

Until now, Ares Games has produced and distributed the English version of three games created by Pendragon – the survival horror game “Last Friday”, the new edition of the card game “Stay Away!”, and the just released “Monsters vs Heroes”, a card game of thrilling mash-up of Victorian mystery and horror stories. “Hexemonia” and “Waterloo. Enemy Mistakes” had limited distribution in Europe, but they were never available before in the USA.

Hexemonia is an epic game of expansion and hegemony set in ancient Greece. Players are leaders of mighty city-states competing for supremacy in a relentless struggle for dominance, each fighting in the name of its own patron god. From humble beginnings, they must grow their might and power, gather resources from their holdings and use them to expand their city and curry favor with the gods. And then, use their military and cultural might to overcome their rivals. Hexemonia is a game for 2 to 4 players, with an average playing time of 30-45 minutes.

Waterloo: Enemy Mistakes is a strategic game about the last battle of Napoleon Bonaparte that forever changed the destiny of modern Europe, for 2/3 players, from 13 years old and over, with an average playing time of 150 minutes. The game recreates the clash between the British army, supported by the Prussian army, and the French one. Players fight an immense battle: 3 Commanders in Chief give instructions to the 14 Generals, who leads 141 Units (corps of artillery, foot soldiers and cavalries) on the big battlefield. The game uses a die as a random factor, but the focus of the gameplay emphasizes above all the elements that characterize the commands and the decisions the players must do.

For more information, visit Ares Games and Pendragon Game Studio websites. 

 About Pendragon Game Studio

Pendragon Game Studio was born from a group of Italian hobby market professionals with more than two decades of experience, with the mission of creating new games for the international market and produce them in different languages through established partners. This long experience in publishing products such as books, magazines, newspapers, and games, as well as marketing them and working with game associations, gives Pendragon Game Studio complete knowledge of the hobby and how to produce and sell games in both national and international markets. In the first threes years of operation, Pendragon produced a dozen of brand new titles and several localizations in Italian. See more info atwww.pendragongamestudio.com/EN and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Pendragon-Game-Studio-534363276680250 and Twitter at https://twitter.com/GamePendragon.

 About Ares Games

Ares Games is an Italian board game publisher established in 2011 to create quality hobby products for the international audience. Ares Games is the publisher of the award-winning “War of the Ring” board game, of “Wings of Glory” range of airplane combat games and miniatures, recreating aerial warfare in WW1 and WW2, and more recently, of the award-winning tactical ship-to-ship miniature game “Sails of Glory,” and the cooperative tactical miniatures game “Galaxy Defenders” and “Sword and Sorcery.” Ares Games’ catalog also includes Family Games and Euro Games. For further information, visit the website www.aresgames.eu and the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/AresGames.

If you couldn’t get enough of the campaign in Sword & Sorcery – Immortal Souls, then the Sword & Sorcery – Arcane Portal expansion allows you to continue the epic campaign. Players travel to the imposing Thunder Mountains after hearing of a cult trying to the end the world (as they’re wont to do). You’ll face new perilous quests, The Hellspawn master enemy, and 15 new demonic enemies. The expansion also includes new items, traps, treasures, events, and enemy powers.

To take on these new challenges you can add new, powerful characters to your Sword & Sorcery campaign. The first two Hero Packs, Onamor (a Chaotic Necromancer or Lawful Summoner) and Victoria (a Lawful Captain or Chaotic Pirate), are due in February 2018. Two months later, Morrigan (Demon Huntress or Witch Huntress) and Ryld (Bard or Blademaster) will see release. These Hero Packs include a Ghost Soul version of their miniatures.

The Ghost Soul Form Heroes pack allows you to replace the miniatures included in Sword & Sorcery – Immortal Souls with their Ghost Soul version when they die. Also included in this pack is a set of 10 double-sided Background Talent cards which allows further customization of your characters based on their experiences prior to their adventuring life.

The Sword & Sorcery – Immortal Souls base game is required to play with this additional content. The game is an epic-fantasy cooperative board game for 1-5 players, aged 12+, in which heroes fight together against the forces of evil (controlled by the game itself) to break the spell that binds their souls. Sword & Sorcery is a game designed by Gremlin Project (who also created Galaxy Defenders) and is published by Ares Games.

Origins Game Fair is next week (June 14-18, Columbus, Ohio) and Ares Games will be attending as a sponsor of the show.  As such, they will be presenting the long-awaited epic-fantasy cooperative board game, Sword & Sorcery as well as four new airplanes in the WW1 Wings of Glory line.  In addition, three games coming this summer will be showcased at Ares’ booth – Hunt for the Ring, the hidden movement, deduction and adventure game, Divinity Derby, the racing and betting game, and This War of Mine the Board Game, the tabletop adaptation of the award-winning video game.

Visitors will also have the chance to try games recently released by the company, such as the WW2 Wings of Glory Battle of Britain Starter Set, the family game Quickpick – Mutant Dinosaur Park, and the new edition of the horror card game Stay Away, and can get special items as the promo card “H.P. Lovecraft” with any purchase of Stay Away or the promo card “Bubi” with Last Friday, along with other promotions and special deals.

In addition to the demos at the booth, many events are scheduled during the five days of the convention. Buckeye Gamers in Flight will run events of WW1 and WW2 Wings of Glory and Sails of Glory, with prize support from Ares. Attempts of new world records of most players in a game will be held by Ares. On Friday, from 10AM to 12PM, for WW1 Wings of Glory, and from 12PM to 2PM, for WW2 Wings of Glory. On Saturday, it will be time to try to break the world record of Sails of Glory, at 10AM. The schedule also includes 9 Sword & Sorcery’s events and 4 Galaxy Defender’s missions.

Ares Games is an Italian board game publisher established in 2011 to create quality hobby products for the international audience.Ares Games is the publisher of the award-winning “War of the Ring” board game, of “Wings of Glory” range of airplane combat games and miniatures, recreating aerial warfare in WW1 and WW2, and more recently, of the award-winning tactical ship-to-ship miniature game “Sails of Glory,” and the cooperative tactical Sci-Fi miniatures game “Galaxy Defenders.” Ares Games’ catalog also includes Family & Card Games and Euro & Thematic Games. For further information, visit the website www.aresgames.eu and the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/AresGames.

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Originally announced by us here, Sword & Sorcery has been quite the success on Kickstarter. Having raised over 540% of it’s intended goal with over 3.2k backers, Sword & Sorcery is days away from becoming a reality. So, other than it’s success what’s to get excited about? Well, there’s been a TON of new content added including several different pledge levels, many new stretch goals, and quite a bit of add-on content. Below is just a snippet of what’s been added. With 4 days left of the campaign, be sure to check it out here.

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Elaborately billed as “The Ultimate Heroic Fantasy Co-Op Boardgame Experience,” Sword & Sorcery is an upcoming release by Ares Games, designed by Gremlin project, the team many will remember as the force responsible for 2014’s Galaxy Defenders. There’s a trailer up on YouTube and a website up at  http://www.sword-and-sorcery.com/. The “first set” for the game (titled “Immortal Souls”) is due out in Q3-4 of 2106, presuming the success of a Kickstarter campaign slated for September. Currently available information promises many carryover design features from Galaxy Defenders, and more:

Each player controls one or more heroes – legendary characters brought back to life by powerful sorcery. Weakened by the resurrection, they grow stronger during their story-driven quests. By acquiring soul points during missions, the heroes’ souls regenerate, restoring their legendary status with multiple powers, magic and soul weapons, and powerful artifacts.

Designed by Gremlin Project (the same team who created Galaxy Defenders), Sword & Sorcery‘s game system represents the perfect evolution of its forerunner. Gameplay is faster and dynamic, thanks to an innovative area movement and area control system, with new features never seen before in a game of this category.