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Through the Ages

The Blood Rage designer has become one of the biggest names in board gaming thanks to his visionary approach to gameplay and theme, but he started small


This winter will see a Kickstarter campaign for Ankh: Gods of Egypt, the third and final instalment in the ‘mythic’ trilogy of games designed by Eric M. Lang after the hugely popular Blood Rage and Rising Sun. Lang has made a name for himself as one of the tabletop’s most prolific and visionary creators, combining inventive gameplay with blockbuster themes and beloved universes. But while he’s now regarded for his big, high-profile projects, the designer had humble beginnings.

Lang is a veteran of game design, with an output to match the Felds and Rosenbergs of the board game world. As of today, he’s been active for about 20 years, with his earliest projects dating back to the early-to-mid-2000s. They include some esoteric titles such as 2000’s tarot simulator Mystick Domination. Another early title from Lang is 2004’s Senator, an auction game of ancient Roman politics. This period also saw Lang working to help pioneer Fantasy Flight’s line of living card games with A Game of Thrones and Call of Cthulhu.

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