Sunday, January 9, 2011

Game Rules: Planning to Give ARES a Try

I've been hunting for new game rules lately, searching for something that works well with really small numbers of figures (a handful per side at most). I really enjoy Song of Blades and Heroes for warband-size skirmishes. But I'd like to find a rule set to use when I want something more individualized and "heroic," where each character is a hero or villain with his/her own personalized traits. Having looked high and low for a while now, I've narrowed the field to about three sets I'd like to try: Broadsword Adventures (Rattrap Productions), Warrior Heroes: Armies and Adventures (Two-Hour Wargames) and Ares (Majestic Twelve Games). All three look promising. At the moment, I'm leaning a bit toward trying out Ares first, since it appears (at least after a first reading) to have a level of individualized detail and rule mechanism simplicity that both fall right into the range I'm looking for.

I'm in the process now of painting up some new figures from Reaper minis, and in the meantime I plan to start statting up some of my existing ones for Ares.


  1. Hi!

    I would like to know how Ares works out for you as I have been tempted by it in the past but never got round to getting it!

    Loving the blog by the way! Its great to see a fantasy skirmish in action!

    All the best!

  2. Hi, and thanks for reading! I'll definitely be putting up my impressions along with a battle report, hopefully in the fairly near future.

    Which rules do you currently use?

  3. In addition to Leviathan, of course! :)

    You've got a great blog too, by the way -- a really nice read!

  4. Hi!

    I have Chronopia, No Quarter, Shadowsea, Fantasy Warlord and Song of Blades to name but a few!

    I'm hoping to give them all a go over the course of the coming year!

    All the best!