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June 6, 2018
Ares Games announces an agreement with game designers Martyn Oliver and Colin Thornton to publish a renewed, updated edition of “City of Chaos”, a break through board game originally published in 1996 and one of the first board games to use extensive storytelling in their gameplay. The new edition is planned to release in the second half of 2019.
In “City of Chaos – The Fantasy Board Game”, players explore the twisting, smog-filled streets of Byronitar, the “city of Chaos”. The city and its inhabitants are in the grip of strange, entropic forces threatening to rip the city apart. Players must uncover the clues which will lead them to the sources of Chaos, to restore order to the city.
Byronitar is a richly detailed setting which offers an immersive experience to players. The game uses a random plot and world generator which ensures that no two games are ever alike and combines features such as tile-laying to create the game board, random events, combat, and role playing. Players can improve their characters by enrolling in many strange guilds, like The Somatologists (pacifists and healers) or The Pneumologist (use your breath as a physical force). The eccentric atmosphere of Byronitar is generated from ‘The Tome of Chaos’ with hundreds of unique paragraphs and interactions. The players must explore the city, uncover its locations and interact with its unusual denizens to discover one of the multiple sources of the chaos plaguing the streets. Byronitar is unlike any other place you have experienced.
“City of Chaos is an imaginative game, with a unique setting and an innovative use of storytelling. It was groundbreaking when It was first published, and more than 20 years later, it still has a cult following. We are very excited to bring it back to the market with a new edition, improved and updated, as we feel it can still be a strong addition to today’s gaming scene”, said Roberto Di Meglio, Director of R&D of Ares Games.
“We are so excited with the agreement with the team at Ares Games, an exceptional, quality publisher. Most of all we’d like to thank the dedicated players on BoardgameGeek that kept the game alive. Now we’re off for a wild dance through the streets with the Lord of Demons, join us soon!”, declared the game’s authors, Martyn Oliver and Colin Thornton.
April 12, 2018
Ares Games will publish and distribute worldwide a starship combat miniature game based on the Battlestar Galactica™ TV series, including both the “Classical” and “Reimagined” settings.
Created by the same designers of the popular “Wings of Glory” and “Sails of Glory” game systems (Andrea Angiolino and Andrea Mainini), the Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles game will be first presented to the public at Gen Con 2018 (August 2-5, Indianapolis). Release date has not been announced yet.
Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles will feature ready to play, painted and assembled miniatures, with a special base to support its unique game mechanics. Players will take control of one or more Colonial and Cylon ships, and face each other in furious dogfights and many other different kinds of missions.
The game will feature innovative mechanics allowing players to simulate space combat using simple and intuitive rules to imitate the unique dynamics of the battles in the TV show.
The “Battlestar Galactica” license agreement with Universal Brand Development includes both the classic series, created by Glen A. Larson in the late ‘70s, and the re-imagined series developed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick which aired until 2010.
Dec 1, 2017
In Wings of Glory – Tripods & Triplanes from Ares Games (On Kickstarter now!), the knights of the air of WW1 battle against colossal fighting machines sent by the Martians to invade Earth. Take control of an awesome Martian Tripod, set upon bringing death and destruction on our planet… or fly on the most advanced flying machines created by Mankind during World War One, and try to use them to win the War of the Worlds.
March 18th, 1918: the nearest approach of planet Mars to Earth. The First World War suddenly changes into a War of the Worlds, when what appears as a meteor shower falls over a wood in Alsace. A few hours later, just after dawn, an army of giant alien fighting machines appear out of the trees and starts burning villages and houses with their lethal heat-rays, leaving pestilential trails of black smoke behind them.
A truce is hurriedly signed between the warring nations and, against the advancing Martian tripods, the best war machines of Earth are dispatched, manned by the most gallant and skilled warriors of our planet!
Tripods and Triplanes is a new, stand-alone game, but it is fully compatible with the WW1 Wings of Glory collection. With Tripods and Triplanes your aerial battles will never be the same!
August 7, 2017
Ares will be the master distributor of PHALANX’s board games in English (worldwide, excluding Europe). Distribution will start in November 2017, when Hannibal & Hamilcar – Rome vs. Carthage will be released.
Italian company Ares Games and UK based PHALANX announce a new partnership to distribute the English edition of PHALANX games in the United States and non-European countries. Starting from November 2017, Ares will start to bring to its customers the full PHALANX catalog, including Germania Magna: Border in Flames, Hunger: The Show, and Hannibal & Hamilcar – Rome vs. Carthage – the 20th anniversary edition of one of the best two-player games ever published.
Hannibal & Hamilcar – Rome vs. Carthage is renowned for its tense, well-balanced mechanics, and it tells a great story. Hannibal crossing the Alps on his herd of elephants is one of the most memorable events in history. The game uses the popular card-driven system to detail the struggle between Carthage’s Hannibal and the Roman Republic in approximately 200 BC. The 20th Anniversary Edition was funded with a successful Kickstarter campaign in May 2017 – 3,514 backers pledged £263,443 to help bring this project to life, and is due to release in November 2017.
The other two games from PHALANX’s portfolio to be distributed initially by Ares are Germania Magna: Border in Flames, a game of shifting alliances where each player assumes the role of a Germanic warlord leading his warriors into Roman provinces, which lie across the Rhine and Danube rivers, and Hunger: The Show, a fast-paced family game of survival on a desert island with other live TV show participants.
“We are very excited about this new partnership,” said Roberto Di Meglio, Director of R&D of Ares Games. “Beautiful historical-themed games, such as Hannibal & Hamilcar or Germania Magna, are a great fit to our catalog, and PHALANX’s lighter games such as Hunger: The Show will make our line-up of products even stronger. We really look forward to work with PHALANX and make sure all our customers get a chance to know about their excellent games.”
“We have been looking for a reliable distribution partner for our games for quite a time and signing a contract with Ares Games is an award for the hard work of our teams,” added Jaro Andruszkiewicz, Director of PHALANX. “We have received a great reception by Ares and are very excited to work with them. Our game portfolio will be a great fit for Ares Games distribution product range, PHALANX and Ares products should support each other on the market.”
July 26, 2017
Master of the Galaxy, a fast playing 4? board game – eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate – using a unique and innovative blend of bag-building, card-drafting and tech-tree development mechanics is now live on Kickstarter from Ares Games.
Drawing inspiration from classic science-fiction, movies, and computer games, Master of the Galaxy’s setting is familiar and extraordinary at the same time.
from Ares Games is on Kickstarter now!
Nine Elder Races are expanding through space, ready to assimilate or exterminate anybody who stands in their way. Players are challenged to conquer the Galaxy, starting with one star system, one Species card and a modest supply of resources. Using at its core a “bag-building” mechanic, players will collect new resources to fuel their expansion and development to suit their strategy. Players can choose different ways to dominate the Galaxy – trying to quickly spread their people across the stars, developing science to a level unreachable by the opponents, or embarking themselves on a methodical extermination of the rivals. A complete game requires 1 to 2 hours, depending on the number of players.
July 12, 2017
Ares Games and Igrology unveil the dates of the Kickstarter campaign to fund “Master of the Galaxy”, a 4X board game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) of galactic conquest. The project will launch on July 18th, 2017, ending on August 11th. The game is due to release in 1st quarter of 2018.
In “Master of the Galaxy”, nine Elder Races are expanding through space, ready to assimilate or exterminate anybody who stands in their way. Players are challenged to conquer the Galaxy, starting with one star system, one Species card and a modest supply of resources. Using at its core a “bag-building” mechanic, players will collect new resources to fuel their expansion and development to suit their strategy. Players can choose different ways to dominate the Galaxy – trying to quickly spread their people across the stars, developing science to a level unreachable by the opponents, or embarking themselves on a methodical extermination of the rivals.
May 29th, 2017
Ares Games and Polish company Galakta announce a new partnership to distribute Galakta games worldwide (excluding Europe). Ares Games will bring to its customers around the world several beautiful games recently released by Galakta in English – including Age of Thieves, Ragers Champions of the Arena, Zombie Terror, Andromeda, and King & Assassins, together with the upcoming This War of Mine The Board Game, tabletop adaptation of the award-winning video game, which was a Kickstarter hit last year. This War of Mine The Board Game is due to release in July 2017 in Europe, and in August in the rest of the world.
Ares and Galakta partnership started 5 years ago, when Galakta published the Polish edition of the strategy board game War of the Ring, and followed with The Battle of Five Armies and Jolly Roger.
“I think that the presence of Galakta’s great games in our catalog is a great opportunity for both our companies” said Roberto Di Meglio, Director of R&D of Ares Games. “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.”
“This new part of our cooperation with Ares Games is a great extension of our relationship” said Dariusz Waszkiewicz, Galakta’s owner. “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.”
April 9th, 2017
Ares games has announced a series of changes to their popular World War 2 game Wings of Glory, including a new Starter Set and a new format of airplane releases: Squadron Packs.
Battle of Britain Star Set
The Battle of Britain Starter Set will be a new entry point for the Wings of Glory game. The set will include four pre-painted ready-to-play models, rulebook, scenario book, counter, rulers and console boards. Axis and Allies will square off with the four planes included in the set: two versions of the Supekrmarine Spitfire MK.I and two versions of the Messerschmitt Bf.109 fighter.
WW2 Squadron Packs
Along with a new starter set comes a new way to expand the game. WW2 Squadron Packs will each feature one ready-to-play pre-painted model and a decal sheet to mark the plane from any of a series of famous squadrons. Each pack will also include a base with game stats, altitude stands and a deck of game cards.
The first wave of Squadron Packs will be:
- Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I (610 Squadron)
- Messerschimitt Bf.109 E-3 (Jagdgeschwader 2)
- Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (303 Polish Squadron)
- Junkers Ju.87 B-2 “Stuka” (Sturzkampfgeschwader 77)
The new Wings of Glory Starter Set and Squadron Packs are expected to release in the second quarter this year (Q2 2017).