Geeks for Games – War of the Races Play-through Video

10-13-15 - EPISODE 73

Geeks for Games have published a play-through of War of the Races on their YouTube channel! These guys were nice enough to work with us on creating a 1 v 1 play-through video, and it was awesome to see how things went down when we were there for rule clarifications. It’s a huge help as we learn different ways to engage players, clarify rules, and clean up some gameplay mechanics.

While Geeks for Games did a fantastic job playing through the game, there are some clarifications to the rules we’d like to point out:

  • On the first turn, a sorcerer is chained but is not transported to the opposing prison. This should have happened – chained opponents can be used against other players or sacrificed to bring back a dead King.
  • At 9:00 minutes, Archie should have taken 8 damage, not 2 as he did not account for the soldier’s damage and didn’t defend it.
  • The priestess that Archie used only has 4 points that can be distributed evenly (I.E 3 to Army health and 1 to the King, 2 to Army health or 2 to the king, 1 to Army health 3 to the King)
  • At @13:44, Patrick countered a Mystic that was pushed back at him. Once this happened, Archie didn’t have to defend it, unless Patrick had chained the Mystic. When anything is pushed back, you simply have to defend against it – defending it does not redirect it back to the player who laid the Mystic.
  • During the final turn, @18:00 Archie had chains he could have used to free up his hand throughout the game. In addition, there are only 6 shields in each deck. Patrick was likely left with so many Shields due to a bad shuffle or not using them correctly throughout the game – we’ve never seen this happen, and it’s very unlikely it would ever happen, assuming the shuffle is good to begin with!
  • At the end, the Wraith was used as a card that “Pushed everything back” when it only makes it so all of your cards (damaging and non-damaging) are un-blockable in any way.

So with those clarifications out of the way, enjoy the play-through video by Geeks for Games below! 🙂

Super Board Bros – Episode 19


Brian returns to the Super Board Bros podcast with the new Ultra Evil Studios CMO, Rod Villalba. Brian follows up on Stormweavers backers, future plans and more while Rod introduces himself with the show’s signature “Geek Street Cred”! Brian and Rod go in depth on the development of War of the Races and how it all began – each race is discussed in depth, detailing the advantages of each army and different strategies that can be used to play the game.

You can listen to the full podcast here (the Ultra Evil Studios section begins at 2:05:54).

Your Table’s On Fire – Episode 14


Brian joins Jeff from You Table’s On Fire to discuss Ultra Evil Studios as a whole – the origins of both Stormweavers and War of the Races, and more! Brian discusses the team behind War of the Races, and the process of development. Brian discusses the changes made to all the races in the game and how the name ultimately changed after the campaign launched.

You can listen to the full podcast here.

Sweet Kicks with Bricks – Episode 92


Brian returns to the Sweet Kicks with Bricks podcast to campaign for War of the Races, the second game by Ultra Evil Studios. We talk a little bit about The Key Armory, another project by Brian Hermansen. Brian discusses the fulfillment of Stormweavers to all Kickstarter backers and pre-orders. Brian also discusses War of the Races and it’s origins – how it started as a Mistborn fan game and evolved into a multi-player war game.

You can listen to the full podcast here.

Super Board Bros – Episode 7


This week, Blake and Brian join the Super Board Bros. to discuss our campaign for Stormweavers! We start off by talking about ourselves, or as the Super Board Bros. call it, our “Geek Street Cred”! Blake and Brian talk about their favorite books, movies, videos game, and more. We talk about the development of Stormweavers, how we created the concept, how it developed over time, and our Kickstarter campaign!

You can listen to the podcast here (the section for Ultra Evil Studios starts at 1:27:44).

Sweet Kicks with Bricks – Episode 73


This week, Brian & Blake were lucky enough to be featured on the Sweet Kicks with Bricks podcast to discuss Stormweavers. We dive into what we love as individuals, why we started Ultra Evil Studios, how we created Stormweavers and the Kickstarter campaign!

You can listen to the podcast here.

Meet Rod – UES CMO


My name is Rod Villalba and I am honored to be a part of Ultra Evil Studios. I’m not the most formal guy, but I’ll give an intro into my life and tell a little about my nerdy escapades.  Lastly, I’ll tell you a little about where I see Ultra Evil Studios going.

I was actually born and raised in the wonderful country of Uruguay. As John Oliver said, “The country you think about so little, that you didn’t even notice that that’s not Uruguay…this is Uruguay”. The country he originally points to is Paraguay, and I’ve actually lived there too ha-ha.  I immigrated to the relevant town of Pocatello, Idaho.  Why did you move to Idaho of all places in the United States you ask? I had family that lived there and I actually really enjoyed growing up there. If you want to grow up safe or retire safe, Pocatello is definitely the place to go. Believe it our not, this wonderful state also housed all of my early childhood nerdy-ness.

I grew up with Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokémon card games. If you have played any of these, you are sympathetic to the pit of money that went into them over the years. My brother, cousin and I were incredibly into deck building and actually played in a couple of tournaments. I remember I won a booster pack in my first tournament. It was in the back room of a comic book store that is now shut down. Good times! Coupled with these games, I had a healthy dose of cartoon and anime watching. It goes without saying that I was one of the children from the golden 2000’s that played and paid way too much to be part of the world of Runescape ha-ha. That game brings back so many memories, but I’m old school so the new battle system drives me crazy.

As I grew up, I discovered that there were other living humans around me. This is when I started getting into music and the usual high school phases. These changes never put a dent in my nerdy ways. I started playing other online games and became obsessed with Kingdom Hearts. Like every single Kingdom Hearts fanatic, I am tired of waiting for Kingdom Hearts three.  Amidst all of the games I have played, Zelda has a special place in my heart. I’m sure I will encourage my kids to make Zelda part of their lives ha-ha.

My adult nerdy-ness consists of audiobooking all of the Brandon Sanderson books whenever I am traveling for work. I was also very impressed with the new Final Fantasy 14 and attempt to play it whenever I have time.  There is no way I can explain all of the nerdy experiences I’ve had, but I’m planning on updating this pretty often so stay tuned for more.

In closing, Ultra Evil Studios is the dream that we have all had.  As I am currently attending Brigham Young University for a Marketing career, I don’t see anything better than putting my passion to good use.  The slogan says it all – “(To) rule the world one game at a time”. I see incredible success added on to what we have already seen with Stormweavers and other sister companies like The Key Armory.  I love what I do, and I can’t wait for all of you to love it, as well!



Meet Brian – UES Founder & CEO


Hello fellow nerds!

My name is Brian Hermansen, and I am the CEO and founder of Ultra Evil Studios! This blog post is a quick and simple introduction about me, a little bit about my personal life, my passions and hobbies, and the creation of Ultra Evil Studios.

Personal Life

I grew up in a little town called Pocatello, Idaho. Growing up, I was heavily into a variety of nerdy things, but especially video games & books. My nerdiness began development in 5th grade when I was literally forced to read “The Hobbit” for school. I absolutely loved it – I picked up the Fellowship of the Ring and quickly devoured the remainder of the epic books by J.R.R. Tolkien. Today, in my office, I have every single novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien on display, and many, many different editions of the Lord of the Rings.

Above all, I am a huge Zelda fan. My office is a ridiculous display of beautiful, complete in box games, systems and more. My favorite game is a toss up – I love the classicness of A Link to the Past, but my go to game is probably The Wind Waker (I prefer the HD version, which may be the unpopular choice – that Triforce fetch quest is so much better in the HD version).

I am happily married with a beautiful wife and an adorable son named Benjamin. Though my wife didn’t know it, he is named after Ben Kenobi (she said no to Link and Strider, and I almost convinced her to name him Kaladin). I call the little dude Master Kenobi most of the time. My wife is incredibly supportive and helps out with a ton of the work for all of my various companies.

I caught the entrepreneurship bug at a young age. My father was very entrepreneurial, and my brothers were all running their own businesses. I never wanted a 9 – 5 job, and I am so glad I have continued to push to create my own success – I absolutely love going to work every day, because I know that I love doing what I do. I started my first business when I was 16 years old, helping local musicians record and release their music independently. To this day, I use the knowledge and skills I developed from that company to help independent authors record and release audio books.

The Creation of Ultra Evil Studios

My love for card games and board games started when I was fairly older (20 years old). For a time, I got heavily into Dungeons and Dragons, though I am sad to admit that I have hardly had any time to play recently. In early 2015, I started a company that focused primarily on books. My partner at the time, Blake, brought the idea of a card game to me. I was hesitant at first, as we had never ventured into the gaming world, and it was quite a daunting task. I was on board, so long as we stuck to one simple rule – the game couldn’t be extremely complicated. I didn’t want our first game to be one with a crazy learning curve. So we decided to move forward with the game, and decided that Kickstarter was the perfect place to launch our first game!

And so we created Stormweavers – a fun, simple card game that required a lot of strategy while still being easy to learn and play. We launched on Kickstarter with great success, raising almost $25,000 with over 500 backers.

Since then, we’ve continued to provide entertainment to our loyal customers and fans. Most recently, we released War of the Races, and plan on launching several new games in the future. We are also working on a few apps and video games, which we will announce as they get closer to release.

Working for and creating products for Ultra Evil Studios is a literally a dream come true, and I couldn’t be happier with the people I get to spend my time with and the customers who have bought from us. None of this would have been possible without you!

We can’t wait to continue our journey with you and create new experiences that we can all join together! Please feel free to follow me on Twitter (@brianhermansen) and stay updated on all future projects! Thanks again for your support!