Dark Venture - BATTLE of the ANCIENTS

Created by Rob Lemon

A tactical strategy game set in a dark-fantasy future where players control asymmetric factions engaging in brutal conflict.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

June Production Update: Start the Presses!
10 days ago – Sat, Jun 25, 2022 at 05:34:46 AM

Hello Backers,

First, a production update. Then, a small (and early) look at what's next!

After finalizing all the production details, the manufacturer is now in the process of mass-printing Battle of the Ancients! Once everything is printed (if there are no printing issues), assembly of the printed parts will begin, then several copies of the game will be “collated” and sent to us for review (the pre-production samples). I’m expecting that will happen sometime in the next 2-3 weeks (early-mid July). Once the pre-pros are approved, all the parts will be collated into the finished games. They should be ready to freight ship out to localized hubs before the end of July! 

Recently, I have been working with our international shipping and logistics partners, preparing for freight shipping and ground fulfillment. All is going well on that front.

…but behind the scenes, I have been delving into the *original* Dark Venture ("Dark Venture: Adventure Card Game" was the first tabletop game that we published, and is the game that inspired the creation of Battle of the Ancients). I have been developing the 2nd Edition rules and working on some new content. Until Battle of the Ancients is in the hands of backers, I don't expect to be talking about the original Dark Venture much, however, here is a sneak preview of two characters that will be included in new Dark Venture content!

A fighter from the "Khrag Pit Arena" and an...interdimensional being.

That’s it for now.  More on the Dark Venture 2nd edition (reprint) in the coming months.

Stay cool,


about 1 month ago – Tue, May 24, 2022 at 10:26:32 PM

Hi Backers!

A short production update: Earlier this month, after making several small graphic revisions and finalizing the design of the core game package insert, I completed the review of the color proof and blank sample and gave my final approval. The next thing we will see is the pre-production copy (a copy of the finished game!). I’ll let you know as soon as we receive it.

Next, I wanted to remind everyone to UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS ON BACKERKIT (if it has changed since you made your pledge) as soon as possible. We plan to lock addresses on JUNE 10th, 2022, which is about 3 WEEKS from now.

Here’s a Backerkit link to get you started: https://dv-battle-of-the-ancients.backerkit.com

NOTE: If you need to revise your address after JUNE 10th, for any reason, let me know (message me through Kickstarter or Backerkit) and I will handle it.

Also, if you still need to COMPLETE YOUR BACKERKIT SURVEY you should do that now! Everything will be locked JUNE 10th. See the link above.

That’s it, short and sweet. I’m looking forward to presenting the pre-production copy and passing along more information on the delivery schedule in the coming weeks.

Thanks again, stay safe, and I will talk to you soon!


2 months ago – Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 12:13:43 AM

Hello backers!

Good news! This week we received the Battle of the Ancients blank sample (an unprinted version of the core game and expansions to review all the finishes/textures on the boards, cards, tokens, the box/package, etc.) and the color proofs (to review the color of the game at actual size).

The game requires a few minor graphic revisions but, for the most part, everything looks GREAT!!

I made several videos reviewing the color proofs and the blank samples. Some notes on these videos: the factory is still working on the core box insert so it isn't included (it'll be sent to us separately); the map boards don't have wrapped edges yet (also, the fold lines will have an extra hinge layer); the cloth bags, the minis, and the dice (8 attack, 8 defense, and 6 action) aren't included in the blank sample video.  Enjoy!

Color Proof of the Core Game: 

Blank Samples of the Core Game and Expansions:

Color Proof of the Expansions: 

Bonus (no respect!):

Thanks again, stay safe!


April Production Update and THE SOUNDTRACK!!
3 months ago – Mon, Apr 11, 2022 at 12:58:36 AM

Hi Backers!

Firstly, a short game production update. The Battle of the Ancients eProof has been approved (after several additional rounds). We are now awaiting the delivery of the blank sample and the printed color proof from the manufacturer for review and approval. More on that soon!

Next, the Dark Venture: Battle of the Ancients OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK by Errant Space is complete!! We will be sending out the physical CD’s (to those who ordered them) THIS WEEK (deliveries to the USA should arrive within a week or so, worldwide deliveries could take several weeks to arrive). Those who purchased the digital soundtrack (along with those who purchased the physical CD) can grab their DOWNLOAD CODE through BACKERKIT right NOW! You can start here: https://dv-battle-of-the-ancients.backerkit.com (log into your Backerkit account here https://www.backerkit.com/backer_accounts/sign_in).

I think that the final soundtrack fits the game perfectly! It is filled with odd and surprising musical and ambient moments. Have it on in the background while you play (when you get your game!!!), or just listen to it when you’re in a Dark Venture mood.

If you didn’t purchase the CD or a digital copy during the Kickstarter campaign or as a Backerkit add-on, the album is now available for sale on BANDCAMP  for $10. Listen to a bit, and If you enjoy it, support Errant Space and grab a digital copy for your archives!


That’s it for now, more on the physical production of the game very soon. Until the next update, stay safe!


The Digital Proof
4 months ago – Sun, Mar 13, 2022 at 05:09:20 AM

Hello backers!

Game production is going well and we should hit a new milestone...this week! Last week we were sent the “eProof” of Battle of the Ancients, a digital layout of pages that included ALL printed components (cards, dashboards, the game box, etc.).

Cards, punchboards, the rule book, more cards, dashboards!

At this stage, we are reviewing the layouts for glaring errors like sizing issues, uneven cut lines, and incorrect card-backs. I’m happy to report that, so far, I’ve seen NO MAJOR ERRORS. I’m also taking this opportunity to review all the rules and to go over each scenario, one by one, to make (minor) final revisions. I’ve been playing through the whole game, often running 5-player games by myself (either playing each faction to the best of my ability, or using the Auto-Enemy Action decks to control several of the factions). This is a big feat as there's a lot of content to review!! However, if things continue to progress as planned, I’ll be done by the middle of THIS WEEK. That is to say, I will be approving the first eProof before the end of the week.

Scenario Book A in all it's pre-printed glory!

Next, we will see a revised eProof to (quickly) review and approve any changes. Then, a “blank sample” will be manufactured. This sample will include all game components (using the exact paper, card, and cardboard thicknesses) unprinted (in white) to confirm that everything will fit into the box and that all components have the correct finish. I will be sure to update you with *EXCITING* blank, white photos of everything! After that, we will see a (physical) color print of all components to check for any final color issues. We are almost there!

I’ll be continuing to oversee the “quality control” and delivery/fulfillment of Battle of the Ancients, updating you along the way, but will (hopefully soon) turn my sights to reprinting the original Dark Venture (along with some new content!) More on that in the coming weeks.

The core box, large cards, and several item cards!

So, in summary, the eProof is virtually approved, the blank sample will arrive for review soon, the printed color proof will be delivered soon after that, and I’ll be keeping you updated along the way. PROGRESS!!

Until the next stage of production, stay safe!