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:

The Pre-Production Sample!
6 days ago – Sat, Aug 06, 2022 at 08:33:45 PM

Hello backers,

We have hit a huge milestone: The pre-production sample, the first assembled copy of the game, arrived 2 days ago (August 3rd) and it looks GREAT! Seeing it for the first time was amazing.

I experienced a feeling that was difficult to put into words, maybe you’ve felt it…after making, writing, building, or working on something that you put *everything you had* into. The feeling was a mix of accomplishment, happiness, pride, and...relief. Thank you for helping me realize this vision (this is what the Kickstarter platform is all about!), I really hope that you will enjoy playing this game as much as I enjoyed making it!!

Okay, the UNBOXING! First, The CORE GAME.

Next, the EXPANSIONS! "Kings and Heroes", then "Beasts and Eggmen".

My apologies for the meandering thoughts and the potato-cam video! There was a lot to go over. Until next update, stay safe!


July Production Update: To Be Continued!
17 days ago – Wed, Jul 27, 2022 at 07:32:28 AM

Hello Backers!

There is not much to report this week, however, the pre-production sample of Battle of the Ancients has been shipped to me. It is on the way. Once I get it, I’ll post another update with an unboxing, likely next week!

SHIPPING: For the past several weeks, I have been heavily focused on organizing freight shipping and localized fulfillment details. Regrettably, I was required to choose a new fulfillment partner for the US and Canada. Our previous partner increased their prices substantially over the past month(s) (and was implementing a new “campaign fee” that represented +20% of our total US shipping costs). Luckily, I was able to gather reasonable estimates from a variety of other fulfillment companies and we’re good to go!

My next step (this week and next) is to finalize our shipping plan, and put that plan into motion.

Until the next update (next week, fingers crossed!), stay safe.


June Production Update: Start the Presses!
about 2 months 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,


3 months 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!


3 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!