Latest Press Release: Content and Game Revealed for next Issue of Ares Magazine!

AresV1I2_cover_v1Mission Viejo, California (August 29, 2014) – With the premiere issue of Ares Magazine under their belt, One Small Step Games released more details about the content of the second issue.

“The first issue is on the shelf, so it’s time to let our readers know what’s coming up next,” says editor-in-chief Michael Anderson.

The next issue features six original science fiction and fantasy stories and the second installment in the ongoing novelette The Fall. Summaries of each story will be released over the next few weeks on the magazine’s blog at www.aresmagazine.com.

Also included is an interview with voice actor Dino Andrade, best known for his villainous portrayals of Scarecrow in Batman: Arkham Asylum and the characters of Mimiron, Professor Putricide, and High Tinkerer Mekkatorque in World of Warcraft. Rounding out the issue is a science article exploring what it would take to build a space elevator by physicist Dr. Charles Adler, author of Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The second issue will also include CFS Quicksilver, a two-player game that takes place onboard a frigate-class starship in the not-too-distant future. One player controls the actions of the human crew while the other controls an alien infestation.

“The object behind the design is to create a high-tension and scary game to play,” says Anderson.

The editorial team had originally considered including a Greek mythology based multi-player game, Born of Titans, in the second issue, but the development of CFS Quicksilver went faster than anticipated.

“We had two great games—that’s one problem I don’t mind having,” Anderson says. “Ultimately, we decided that Quicksilver went better with the content in the second issue, so we’ll be running Born of Titans in a future issue.”

OSS Games aims to get the second issue into subscribers’ hands in November. In the meantime science fiction and gaming fans can buy the first issue at select comic books stores and online for $30. Subscribers can choose from a variety of options at www.ossgamescart.com, including a six-issue subscription for $120 and a new three-issue starter plan for $78. The site also provides options to purchase the game and magazine separately, and a digital version of the magazine is available on GooglePlay for $3.99.

Latest Press Release: First issue of Ares now on Sale! Variety of Purchase Options Available!

AresMagazine001 Mission Viejo, California (August 21, 2014) – The first issue of Ares Magazine is now in the hands of subscribers and available for purchase.

The 84-page first issue features nine original science fiction and fantasy stories, an interview with game designer and author Bruce Cordell, and an article on singularity written by best-selling science fiction author William H. Keith (who also writes under the pseudonyms Ian Douglas and H.J. Ryker).

The flagship game included with the magazine is Bill Banks’ War of the Worlds, a two-player game of conquest and survival that pits the military forces of Queen Victoria against Martian forces under the command of the evil Martian overlord. The game includes a rule book, die-cut playing pieces, and a large map.

Production on this unique product launched a
fter a successful Kickstarter in January earlier this year. Editor-in-chief Mike Anderson, who premiered the magazine and game at San Diego Comic-Con last month, is very happy with the result.

“We faced some challenges in the printing process,” says Anderson. “We apologize for the delay, but as we’ve said from the beginning, we are more interested in doing the job right than doing the job now.”

The first issue is available for purchase at select comic books stores and online for $30. Subscribers can choose from a variety of options at www.ossgamescart.com, including a six-issue subscription for $120 and a new three-issue starter plan for $78. The site also provides options to purchase the game and magazine separately, and a digital version of the magazine is available on GooglePlay for $3.99.

 

ABOUT OSS GAMES

One Small Step Games has been around since 1996 and has published dozens of games, including designs from Bill Banks, Dan Verssen, Joseph Miranda, and Richard Berg. More information is available at www.ossgames.com.

CONTACT DETAILS

OSS Games Store:  www.ossgamescart.com
Ares Magazine website: www.aresmagazine.com
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Are You Fulfilled?

Shipping

Kickstarter and Shipping

Last week, finished shipping the remaining bits and pieces of the Kickstarter pledge materials. Most things shipped about four weeks ago, but since then we have been busy assembling and posting hundreds of packages of various swag items and magazine parts that didn’t make it out in the first major effort.

If you’re a Kickstarter backer, you should have your Ares Magazine and all your lovely swag by now. If you’re missing anything, an item is damaged, or you have some other concern, please contact us at orders@ossgames.com, and we’ll be happy to sort it out.

We ask that Canadian backers give the post office until this Friday (22 August) and our overseas backers to give the post office until next Friday (29 August) to deliver any remaining items. It can take extra time to travel overseas and some did not make it to the post office until two weeks ago, so it may take until the end of August for some items to find their way to distant shores.

School’s In

One of the major issues we wrestled with was that the mass of the final product was about 50 grams greater than the sample we were provided. This was an issue because US Bulk Rate shipping caps the class we wanted to use at 454 grams. The final Ares product was about 475 grams. No standard Bulk Rate meant we’d have to use another Bulk Rate class, and that would not be cheap. We’d blown our shipping budget by a wee amount—only by about 300%. No big deal.

A few customer reported that some of their counters delaminated. We didn’t see this during packaging. We sampled counters sheets from the remaining two crates, and could not recreate the issue. To date, we received about a dozen reports of problem counters. Our solution is to just ship another counter sheet. Let us know if your counter sheet delaminates. We’ll replace it.

Some customers reported that the Post Office will, apparently, try to practice origami with any envelope we give them. Consequently, we started marking every bendable package with “Do Not Bend” labels in four languages. Hopefully, the Post Office can practice its paper-folding skills on another company’s product.

What’s Next

We are working on finishing up Issue #2. We will be posting some draft images shortly. Our original plan was to include the multi-player game, Born of Titans. In Born of Titans, players take the role of an ancient Greek mythological hero or heroine character. The Character takes a crew on quests drawn from myth. Characters defeat monsters, collect magical treasures, and even curry favor from the gods.

Instead, issue #2 will include CFS Quicksilver, a two-player game that takes place onboard a frigate-class starship in the not-too-distant future. One player controls the actions of the human crew while the other controls an alien infestation. The object behind the design is to create a high-tension (scary) game to play.

Digital Version of Ares Magazine now Available!

AresMagazine001A digital copy of the premiere issue of Ares Magazine is now available on GooglePlay for $3.99! This will get you a digital version of the magazine, crammed full of science fiction short stories, an interview with game designer and novelist Bruce Cordell, and an article by science fiction author William H. Keith (aka Ian Douglas). To buy the digital issue, click here or enter “Ares Magazine” in quotes in the search box at GooglePlay.com.

When you head over to GooglePlay, keep in mind that the digital version is missing one thing — the game: Bill Banks’ War of the Worlds! You can purchase the game at the OSS Games Store for $24.00. Or you can get the whole package (magazine and game) mailed to you for $30.00 — and a subscription will get you six issues with the game for $20 each!

On its way to a mailbox near you!

AresMagazine001The first batch of the premiere issue of Ares Magazine is in the mail! A beautiful 80+ page magazine with original science fiction stories, an interview with game designer and novelist Bruce Cordell, an article by William H. Keith, Jr. (aka Ian Douglas!) and a standalone board game, Bill Banks’ War of the Worlds (with the long-awaited counters included!)–all bundled up and on its way to a mailbox near you!

If you haven’t ordered your own copy, now’s your chance! Go to the store and get a subscription!

Lions and Tigers and Counters, Oh My!

20140716_163436We DID receive the counters in four big crates on Thursday afternoon.

We spent Friday stuffing poly bags with tasty Ares goodness.

Surprise, surprise, we crammed so much amazing content into one package, that the package is too heavy to bulk mail.

Sad fish.

Monday morning, we will haul the first load to the Post Office and use one of their crazy, excessively complex service list items.

Whee!

Oh, and we expect to have the iTunes and GooglePlay downloadable versions in place in the next couple of days.

Keep your fingers crossed.