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Andrea Fanhoni of Nexus Editrice writes:

Nexus Editrice to Publish the Strategy Boardgame Age of Conan

Italian game publisher signs an agreement with Paradox Entertainment to develop a massive board game based on the Conan the Barbarian stories

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 boardgame 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 boardgame 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 boardgame 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 gameboard, maps, cards, tokens and dice.

The Conan character was created by Robert E. Howard in short stories and novels

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

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