The legendary magazine Ares, published by SPI between 1980 and 1984, included a complete SF or fantasy game in every issue. It lasted only 19 issues, but in that time it produced several much-loved games, including Greg Costikyan’s popular Barbarian Kings, an adaptation of Poul Anderson’s 1960 novel The High Crusade, the proto-RPG Citadel of Blood, the under appreciated classic Star Trader, and many others.
Last year Matthew Wuertz reported on the successful attempt to resurrect Ares Magazine by One Small Step Games through a Kickstarter. The first issue of the new version came out last year, with the complete two-player game War of the Worlds, and a nice mix of intriguing articles and fiction. I checked the website recently and discovered the second issue is now available as well, packed with original fiction, articles, and of course a brand new game, Invasive Species. Here’s a peek at the complete contents:
The science behind the construction and utility of space elevators, and why they are so much better than space escalators.
Interview with Dino Andrade, professional voice actor and driving force behind SoulGeek.com
Invasive Species, a two-player boardgame
Invasive Species pits the human crew of a small scout space ship, the CFS Quicksilver, against an alien apex predator trapped on board.
Here’s a look at the board:
And here’s a look at this issue’s editorials:
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The game Born of Titans was scheduled to be published in issue #2, but that game has been pushed out to the third issue.
Ares also includes a surprising amount of fiction as well:
“Casualties of War by Torah Cottrill
“Shaundra The Watcher by Dusty Wallace
“Last Thursday” by Davian Aw
“The Gordian Gnarl of Greed” by Erik Bundy
“The Secret Life of the Goldleaf Hotel” by Jonathan Balog
“Red Death” by Jack Wolcott
“The Fall” (second installment) by Kenneth Steven
Ares is definitely shaping up into something deserving of support. I’l lbe keeping my eyes out for the next issue.
Ares is edited by Michael Anderson and published by One Small Step Games. Issues are 80 pages each, and are priced at $30. A three-issue subscription (US-only) is $78. Buy copies directly at the One Step Games online store.
We last covered Ares Magazine with Issue #1.