We got a sneak peek at the sequel to the hugely popular warfare strategy game, Ravenmark, at PAX East 2013, and it's looking solid. The main thing in Ravenmark: Mercenaries is asynchronous multiplayer, but there's a lot going on here. Loyal Ravenmark players will also get access to an exclusive unit, which is a nice touch.

Players create their own banners and hire out their swords to warring nations in a richly-historied fantasy world. You can always engage in simple skirmish missions for your coin, over time upgrading your regiments and capitalizing on their experience, or you can take the challenge to your friends for fame and fortune.The units you can hire range from the usual infantry, cavalry, and archers, to more fantastic monsters and machines of war. On the battlefield grid, players have a wide array of tactical options imposed by mobility, terrain, and positioning.

I've spent a fair bit of time in miniatures wargaming, so it was great to see something with equal tactical depth coming to iPad with full multiplayer capabilities. Besides that, fantasy geeks will really be able to sink their teeth into the game's storyline, especially if they've been following closely since the lsat game. If you fancy yourself a cunning military genius, be sure to download Ravenmark: Mercenaries when it launches in about two months.