08th Nov2018

Back This! Special – ‘Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles’ (Board Game)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting a brand new board game Kickstarter from Ares Games – whose other titles we’ve covered quite a lot here on Nerdly.


The crowdfunding campaign to fund Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles, a completely new cycle for the Sword & Sorcery game, has officially on Kickstarter, with an initial funding goal of $150,000. The campaign will run until November 21th, at 3am CEST (1am UTC/GMT).

Designed by Gremlin Project (Galaxy Defenders, Sword & Sorcery: Immortal Souls) and manufactured and distributed by Ares Games (Wings of Glory, Sails of Glory, War of the Ring, Battlestar Galactica Starship Battles), Ancient Chronicles will bring the Sword & Sorcery game, acclaimed by many as the best cooperative dungeon-crawler on the market, to a new level, introducing features to enhance the storytelling and broaden the scope of the adventures, a greater variety of enemies, and more possibilities for heroes.

Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles is set to be a new starting point to the game, suitable both for newcomers and for players who are already playing the Immortal Souls campaign, allowing them to enter the world of Sword & Sorcery again, in a campaign set in the distant past of the events narrated in the previous campaign. The new cycle will also be fully compatible with Immortal Souls in terms of gameplay, allowing to crossover heroes and monsters from one campaign to another.


Sword & Sorcery is an epic-fantasy cooperative dungeon-crawler board game for up to five players who control heroes with unique powers, fighting together against the forces of evil – controlled by the game system itself – to save the kingdom and break the spell that binds their souls. The heroes are 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 battles, the heroes’ souls regenerate, restoring their legendary status with multiple powers, magic and soul weapons, and powerful artifacts. The first campaign for the game, Sword & Sorcery Immortal Souls was funded on Kickstarter in November 2015 and released worldwide in July 2017. Several expansions have been released, including campaign sets, hero packs, and accessories. Sword & Sorcery is now available in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Russian and new translations are scheduled in 2019, including Polish and Chinese.


The Sword and Sorcery Ancient Chronicles Kickstarter project presents a main pledge level called Legendary Hero. The pledge is $120, and its rewards include the Kickstarter Edition of Ancient Chronicles, the Kickstarter Bonus Set, and the Challenge Set. The Kickstarter edition will include the contents of the retail edition (26 detailed 32mm miniatures, a rulebook, a storybook, 15 map tiles, site sheets, soul gems, 8 custom ten-sided dice, over 180 cards, and 150 tokens) and will be enhanced by unique content and all unlocked Stretch Goals along the KS campaign.


The Kickstarter Bonus Set will feature beautiful accessories and figures to improve the game experience, as the Elf Knight on Foot figure, 10 Venon minions, 2 God Altars, Deluxe Hero Sheets, Extra Dice Set, Card Holder, and Critical Hit Bag. The Challenge Set introduces 16 additional monster figures, and will allow players to choose the level of challenge by replacing enemies with two variants of figures, enemy scrolls and enemy cards. The Kickstarter Edition will be further improved with additional items, depending on the stretch goals achieved as the project develops. The first stretch goal, at $ 160,000, is a companion figure, Dharma the White Tiger.

In addition to fund-based stretch goals, the campaign will also have Social Stretch Goals related to the support of the campaign in social media – “Likes” and “Shares”: Sword & Sorcery Official Facebook Page, BoardGameGeek Fans at BGG Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles Page, and membership at Sword & Sorcery Official FB Group. The campaign also includes Add-Ons, presenting a selection of items than can be optionally added to the rewards (not included in the Legendary Hero rewards) and Retail Options, items released as a part of the previous KS campaign and/or currently available at your favorite local or online store, identified by a Copper sigil.

Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles is expected to ship to backers in December 2019, from Ares’ main warehouse in the USA and from secondary warehouses in Australia, Canada, Germany and Hong Kong, with no customs charges applying to backers in Australia, Canada, European Union, Hong Kong and USA. For more information and to pledge, visit the Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles project on Kickstarter, and follow the Sword & Sorcery page on Facebook. To learn more about the game, visit the website – www.sword-and-sorcery.com and the game’s section at http://www.aresgames.eu/games/sword-and-sorcery-line.


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