Girls Got Game Design Contest nearing deadline! 10 days left to finish and submit your design for our current design contest. The winner will receive $200 – and if we decide to publish your design in a future issue of Ares Magazine, we’ll throw an extra $1000. Otherwise, your design is yours to shop around or publish yourself.

Are we looking for any game design? Well, there are a few rules. Every submission should align with Ares’ preferred genres, like science fiction and fantasy.

If you haven’t submitted a design yet, now’s your chance!

Apparently, Erzsébet Báthory Had it Right


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Young Blood Fixes Old: Researchers demonstrated that blood from a young mouse — or even just a factor known as GDF11 from young mouse blood — can rejuvenate the muscles and brains of older mice. The findings have led to a clinical trial in which Alzheimer’s patients are receiving plasma from young donors.

This and 18 other items compose the annual list of groundbreaking scientific achievements, published in the 19 December issue of the AAAS journal.

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Help CakesCove reach its Kickstarter stretch goals!

cakescove kickstarterIf you haven’t heard of CakesCove yet, you are missing out on some geek-inspired delicious confections!

“I am a firm believer that geekdom makes the world a much nicer place to be,” says CakesCove creator Samantha Anderson, “and I’m honored to help you celebrate all of life’s best moments with a little geek inspired sweetness.”

Sam’s business is growing, and she’s moving into a new space,  with a personalized storefront, expanded kitchen facilities, extra storage space, and a new consultation room. She’s done most of the work to get her store up and running, but she needs our help to add the final touches. Her initial Kickstarter goal has been met (congratulations!) but she still has some more goals to meet–and she only has three days left! Check out the perks–and then head over to her online store and partake of some yummy geek confections!

Issue 2 is at press!

AresV1I2_cover_v1The second issue of Ares Magazine is at the print bureau! The issue includes seven speculative fiction stories (including the second installment in the ongoing novelette The Fall), an interview with voice actor Dino Andrade (World of Warcraft, Batman: Arkham Asylum), and an article exploring what it would take to build a space elevator by physicist Dr. Charles Adler (Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction).

The counters for Invasive Species—the game included in this issue—have already completed printing and are sitting in our warehouse. This two-player game pits a ferocious creature, an apex-predator on its home world, against the crew of a the military scout ship, Quicksilver. The creature uses its speed and stealth to hunt the crew. As it consumes crew and supplies, it grows and evolves, gaining new and enhanced capabilities. The human crew has an array of strategies to stop the creature. They can research the alien’s kills to discover its weaknesses or just try to chase it down and kill it. However, a corpo-government agent may be on board to complicate the crews’ efforts. Playing time is 60-90 minutes.

So, when will this amazing package arrive in mailboxes? Hard experience has taught us not to promise dates that depend upon the performance promises of printers and shippers, but we will let you know as soon as all the components are in house and ready to go.

Pre-order the issue now at—and while you are there,consider our three-issue subscription package (including issue 2) for $78, which saves you $12 off the cover price.

Stay tuned for more inside looks at issue 2 and Invasive Species!

Press Release: Girls Got Game Contest deadline extended and grand prize doubled Viejo, California (November 25, 2014) – One Small Step Games and Ares Magazine extended the deadline and increased the grand prize for the GirlsGotGame Design Contest, a competition that focuses on game designs by women.

“Since we launched the contest last month, we’ve received a lot of support and encouragement from people in the industry,” says OSS Games owner Michael Anderson, who decided to increase the grand prize to $200 and extend the contest through the holidays and to the end of January in order to give more women a chance to enter.

The Ares team hopes to publish a game from the contest in the fourth issue of the magazine. “Our plan is to highlight a number of science fiction and fantasy fiction stories written by women in the fiction line up for that issue,” says Executive Editor Carmen Andres. “Wrapping the magazine around a challenging and exciting game designed by a woman would strengthen the package.”

Designers receive $1000 if a game is chosen for publication.

Designers are free to use any format and components they choose, but Anderson notes that the purpose of the contests is to find games to publish in Ares.  Extra credit will be given to designs that use the components of games that run in the magazine.

The contest runs until midnight January 31, 2015. If more than eight designs are received, a runner up will be selected to receive $25. Entrants are limited to women.

Contest information, component guidelines, and the online entry form are on the website of Ares Magazine at To enter the contest, select Game Design Contest #2: Girls Got Game under the Ares Online menu. To subscribe to Ares, go to