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Ryan Laukat started Red Raven Games in 2011 after designing board games since he was 11. Ryan has designed and illustrated most of the games that are produced by his company. He decided to go into gaming when he was working for a musical instrument company and was spending all of his free time doing illustration. He decided that he wanted to start getting into the industry so he started attending the Board game Designers Guild of Utah and started going to their meetings. He participated in a board game competition and there he met the designer of the board game Dominion who asked him to paint a card for the game. He was able to design the adventurer card and the trash card. Some of his published designs are Above and Below, Near and Far, The Ancient World, Artifacts Inc., City of Iron, Eight-Minute Empire: Legends, Empires of the Void II, and more.

Red Raven Launched their game Ancient World on Kickstarter on August 21, 2018. He had a fantastic first day of overwhelming support. He announced that his new game board would be single-sided and have the new addition of ambrosia, a new resource that can be used to perform special actions. Red Raven went on to announce stretch goals that would be used throughout the campaign. With the release of a 2nd edition Ryan announced that they had been working on a new rule book that would have some new art on it. Red Raven released a new Podcast about the Ancient World on the Red Raven Podcast that was able to gain him even more support. At the end of the campaign Red Raven was able to raise $234,948 for the second edition of his game.

The storyline behind Ancient World is that in an Ancient World Titans rule with terror you must rise up and fight back. Five tribes have been fleeing from the Titans for centuries. The growing city states pledge to end the reign of terror and determine to take on the titans and make the world a safer place. Each of the city-states compete to attract the tribes, eager for the strength of the combine people, with the hope that the Titans can be defeated once and for all. “In the Ancient World, players compete to grow the largest and most influential city- state by managing citizens, treasury, and military and by defeating titans. Players take turns sending citizens to take the titans and make the world a safer place, Each city state competes to attract the tribes, eager for the strength of the combined peoples, with the hope that titans can be defeated once and for all.”

The things that are special about the release of the second edition are the numbered and limited edition boxes, designers signature printed in metallic ink, Revised and new titans, Larger revised player boards, Expanded game play that includes ambrosia, Titans now attack you, and updated district and empire cards. The games had been improved and enhanced with new features and artwork. To find out more about the release of Ancient World: 2nd Edition or to view their improved features please visit the links below.

Game Information:
Suggested Players: 2-4
Suggested Play Time: 90 min
Suggested Age: 10+

Included in the box:
180 cards
Updated game board
Double-sized Player Boards
107 Tokens including Citizens, Scrolls, and more
Updated  Rulebook
3 Custom Dice
40 Ambrosia Token

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: August 21, 2018
Ship Date: April 30, 2019
Website: Red Raven Games