Against the Shadow expansion: worldwide preview at UKGE 2023.

Ares Games will be at UK Games Expo 2023 (June 2nd-4th, 2023, Birmingham-UK, stand #1-514) with the epic War of the Ring – The Card Game in the spotlight. Fans of “The Lord of the Rings” will have the chance to play and purchase the game and to try a prototype preview of Against the Shadow, the upcoming solo and cooperative expansion. Ares will also bring to the show the pre-release of three new games: the family and party game Ensemble (winner of the UKGE Awards – Judge’s Choice), the economic game The Rich and The Good, and the euro-thematic game Cangaceiros.

Quartermaster General: giant versions to play.

Quartermaster General will be also in the spotlight, with a giant table where Quartermaster General WW2 Second Edition and Quartermaster General: 1914 games will be played all the time, in a unique version three times as large as the regular game, alternating sessions of WW1 and WW2 versions.

On Sunday, at 11:00, UKGE attendees are invited to take part to the 2nd Battle of Birmingham, a big participation event for WW1 Wings of Glory, a miniature game where players control one or more airplanes, taking to the skies to engage their opponents in aerial duels. New players will be welcome – Ares’ demo crew will help everyone to enter the battle in few minutes, and an airplane miniature will be provided to the participants to play with.

Wings of Glory: a view of the 1st Battle of Birmigham, at UKGE 2022.

Presented as a prototype during UKGE last year, War of the Ring – The Card Game is now available and will be in demo and available for purchase at Ares’ stand. War of the Ring – The Card Game is a multi-player game inspired by Tolkien’s trilogy. Each player controls one or more of the factions in War of the Ring, either on the side of the Free Peoples or of the Shadow Armies, using a unique deck, reproducing the strengths and weaknesses of the specific factions they play with. The game is nominated in the Best Card Game category of the UKGE Awards Shortlist, that will be voted at the show for the "People's Choice" Awards.

At UKGE 2023, the first expansion of the game will be presented for the first time: Against the Shadow allows solo and cooperative play up to two players, on the side of the Free Peoples, while the Shadow factions are handled automatically, using special decks of cards included in the expansion. There will be demo sessions of Against the Shadow all along the show.

The Rich and the Good: new edition of the classic economic game Hab & Gut.

New Games

Three new games due to release in July 2023 will be pre-released at the show, with demos at Ares’ stand and the first copies available to buy.

The Rich and the Good is a new edition of the cult classic “Hab & Gut” - the first in English language. In The Rich and the Good, players trade in commodities from all over the world, having access to inside information to aid their investments and manipulate the markets. The game uses an unusual “shared card hand” mechanic and an original victory condition - getting rich and being a benefactor at the same time.

Ensemble: a party game for close-knit groups.

What's the best match to a Christmas tree - a crocodile, a small girl, or the pyramids? Ensemble is a visual, art-based cooperative game, easy and fast to play, for two to 10 players. They are challenged to “think” in syntony with each other, voting the best match between the revealed cards without communicating, to prove they are a close-knit group, much like musicians in an orchestra. The further players advance, the more challenging the game becomes. Ensemble won the UKGE Awards as Best Party Game – Judges’ Choice.

Cangaceiros: run a band of legendary bandits.

Cangaceiros is a strategic competitive game set in Brazil in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Feared throughout the Brazilian northeast, the "cangaceiros" were bandits who fight for honor and freedom, standing against the abuses of large landowners called Coronéis and the government. In the game, each player (2 to 5) plays a gang that tries to survive in the hostile desert territories, hunted by the Volantes, the state police trained to kill them. Each band will have a chief to choose from the 20 available, each with its own unique abilities and characteristics.

Play these games and more at Ares Games stand, 1-514.

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