Viareggio, Italy, August 2006 - Nexus Editrice is proud to announce that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Paradox Entertainment / Conan Properties to produce a strategy board game based on the adventures of Conan the Barbarian, the archetypical fantasy hero
created by the Texan writer Robert E. Howard. Tentatively titled "Age of Conan - The Strategy Board Game", the game is planned to be released in late 2007. In Age of Conan, two or more players will lead the nations of the "Hyborian Era", the fantasy world created by Robert E. Howard as a background for the stories of Conan. Employing weapons, wealth or magic, each player will strive to achieve hegemony over the others.
"We?re very excited about this deal with Paradox Entertainment. As we?ve done in our previous projects based on famous stories and characters, like "War of the Ring" and "Marvel Heroes", we will take much care bringing to the game the characters, the places and events featured in the Conan stories. We want to create an exciting game faithful to the great tales created by Robert E. Howard", says Roberto Di Meglio, CEO of Nexus Editrice.
"We are thrilled to see a board game based in Hyboria. Robert E. Howard created a world filled with adventure and a board game is a great way of discovering it first-hand. Nexus has a formidable reputation of developing visually stunning games in established universes, and we trust our character in their hands", says Fredrik Malmberg, Head of Licensing and Creative Affairs at Paradox Entertainment.
Two years ago, Nexus Editrice published worldwide the best selling board game "War of the Ring", under license from Tolkien Enterprise/Sophisticated Games. The game has sold almost 100,000 copies and was nominated for important international prizes, being recognized as the best General Strategy Board Game in the 2-Player category by the 2005 International Gamers Awards. In March 2006, Nexus published the first expansion for this game, "Battles of the Third Age", in six different languages. In September 2006 Nexus is releasing "Marvel Heroes", under license from Marvel Enterprises, a board game based on the Marvel universe.
"Age of Conan - The Strategy Board Game" will feature hundreds of high quality plastic miniatures based on original sculptures and a rich array of components, including a big game board, maps, cards, tokens and dices. Created in the 1930?s by Robert E. Howard, Conan has been a hugely successful fantasy character for more than 70 years, with over 12 million books featuring the character sold worldwide and many other productions based on the stories, including movies, toys, comics, TV series and games. For additional information, visit the official website www.conan.com.
About Nexus Editrice:
Founded on 1993, Nexus (www.nexusgames.com) is one of the leading game publishers in Italy, with original products and licensed editions of major international gaming brands. Nexus games, like X-BUGS and WINGS OF WAR series, have been licensed all around the world. Nexus has also published worldwide the board game WAR OF THE RING, under license from Tolkien Enterprise/Sophisticated Games, and its expansion, BATTLES OF THE THIRD AGE, and the MARVEL HEROES Strategy Board Game.
About Paradox Entertainment:
Paradox Entertainment (www.paradox-entertainment.com) owns, develops and licenses mainly character-based properties. The company owns the stories and characters created by pulp author Robert E. Howard, among others Conan, Kull, Bran Mak Morn and Solomon Kane. Paradox also owns the self-created property Mutant Chronicles. In all, the property portfolio consists of around 1000 stories and characters. Industries exploiting the company property portfolio include film, TV, book, comics, videogame, Internet/mobile /wireless, toys, apparel, and more.