You may have seen it pop up on our website and now you’re probably asking: “what’s the Mantic Compendium?” Well, it’s a 96-page publication that’s a mixture of fun articles, like a scenario for Dungeon Saga, a preview of Warpath, etc., and a good old catalogue… because who doesn’t want to see lots of minis?! The Compendium harks back to the Mantic Journal (remember that?), which was a five issue mini magazine that looked at the beginning of Kings of War and Warpath. It’s back but now it’s bigger and better than ever! Well, what do you expect? In the Compendium you’ll find a section on each of our major systems and features on each race, army or team in those games. We’ve been asked so many times where people could see all the range (outside of lots of clicks on websites) so we have dedicated a few pages to every kit we have. Then there is a hobby article for each section, along with some rules insights or hobby tips. In issue two we’d love to add lots more hobby material – especially featuring the fantastic armies and forces we see on Facebook everyday day that have been painted [...]
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By now you should all know that we’re currently gearing up for the Star Saga Kickstarter, which we’re confident will be something really special. With the foundations of Dungeon Saga, along with numerous gameplay improvements, it has all the charm of the original and a whole lot more plus, thanks to the lessons we’ve learned from creating The Walking Dead, it’ll be finished to a really high standard too… please take a look at the superb Kickstarter Edition in this unboxing video to see what we mean. So, ahead of the Kickstarter launching on September 26th, we wanted to introduce you to the new members of the team who are working hard behind the scenes here at Mantic to ensure that our future endeavours are all delivered to the high standards that we set ourselves. There have been a lot of changes, particularly since the Dungeon Saga Kickstarter, and we wanted to make sure you were aware of the people we’ve brought in to help improve the way we run things. (Ronnie here – we have buried the bodies of the last lot somewhere in the Mantic Bunker) Sadly for them, we dragged them all in front of the camera [...]
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Star Saga is almost upon us, and I’m sure a lot of you are keen to know how it plays. So, I’m here to run you through how it works, how it compares to Dungeon Saga, and where we’re going to take it in the future… See what I did there? 😉 The History Back in 2015, we launched Dungeon Saga, and it fast became our most successful game to date. It scratched that dungeon crawling itch while using a set of simple, accessible rules. Whether you’re a long-time veteran or a parent looking for your kids’ first foray into gaming, the Dungeon Saga core set is able to deliver. Of course, there’s more to dungeon crawling than just one story, however exciting the characters and their exploits may be. These board games are an entry point to role-playing – a chance to tell your own stories through a structured set of rules. To take Dungeon Saga to the next level, we created the Adventurer’s Companion. This is a collection of all the things a player might want to do over and above the core game; a sandbox for gamers to create their own stories. In hindsight, we admit that [...]
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Mantic Games today announced the newest in its series of dungeon crawler tabletop board games: STAR SAGA, which will launch a campaign on Kickstarter on September 26th. The spiritual sequel to the smash hit DUNGEON SAGA, Star Saga: The Eiras Contract will see the dungeon crawler format take flight—into outer space! Featuring strong story-telling elements with immersive game scenarios, and set in Mantic’s evocative Warpath Universe, STAR SAGA will see players guide a team of space mercenaries on a mission to retrieve stolen data plans from a research facility orbiting a far-off alien world. Players will take on platoons of minions, powerful alien bosses and be forced to make difficult choices as the story takes unexpected twists and turns. Further campaigns and expansions will utilize the full scope of the science fiction settings, from space stations and starships to alien worlds and beyond. Dungeon Saga was praised for its simple core mechanics that provided a perfect opening for new players, and Star Saga will build on that success. Introducing newly improved and stronger rulesets, Star Saga will feature both ‘learn as you go’ rules for new players, and more detailed, advanced mechanics for seasoned gamers. Star Saga: The Eiras Contract [...]
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Following on from Ronnie’s blog earlier in the week, this is the perfect time to start playing Kings of War, or make new additions to your armies. You’ll need all of the warriors you can find if you’re to survive the upcoming campaign! Next month we’re releasing new units for a number of Kings of War armies – filling in more gaps in the lists as you’ve requested. All of these models are on pre-order now from the Mantic store. Earth Elementals and Stone Priest Literally raised from the ground itself, these powerful Elementals form a hard-hitting unit in battle, while being heavily resilient to your foes’ attacks They can be found among bother the Forces of Nature and armies from the Dwarf realms. Dwarfs have a specific hero who can direct these monsters – the Stone Priest – able to command the heart of the mountain. Hellhounds and Tortured Souls As the mysterious realm of the Abyss bleeds into the mortal world, all manner of strange and dangerous creatures walk the mortal world. Stripped of their soul and form by the Abyssals, the Tortured Souls are trapped in a quasi-existence, seeking out the souls of others to replace their [...]
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Onwards to war – victory awaits the brave… Recently we announced Kings of War Historical – and the response has been amazing. While it has somewhat of a “Hollywood” approach to historical accuracy, we think you’ll get some terrific games played using the rules. I expect to see battle reports of both recreations of epic battles of old – and some of those scraps we have always asked over beer like “who’d win in a battle between the Romans and an army of the undead”? The book is primarily a way to fight historical clashes, but we felt it would be missing something without a little ‘mythical’ fun in there. Stepping back, it is fantastic to see Kings of War continuing to grow around the world; it seems to have taken deep hold in the USA and Australian tournament scenes for mass battle fantasy gaming, and continues to grow rapidly in the UK and Europe too. There are more new people trying it out and then joining the ranks of KoW than ever before, and new releases – both new armies and gap filling in the range – are happening all the time. However, every now and then we need [...]
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This weekend we held Mantic’s first Open Gaming Day here at Mantic HQ. The hall was open all day on Saturday so people could bring in their favourite Mantic games and have a play or buy some much-needed minis from our store… after all, can you ever have enough? During the day visitors had the opportunity to try out a game of The Walking Dead and even play test a top-secret game that we couldn’t possibly talk about… but you might have spotted it on our Facebook video. Don’t Blaine blame us if you missed out on that. The plan is for the Mantic Open Gaming Day to take place on the first Saturday each month and, judging by the first event, we’re hoping it will grow into a really great day out for Mantic fans. What’s more, as demonstrated this time, you can never quite be sure about what sneak peeks you’ll get to see on your visit. Ronnie might even pop in and spoil everything too! The next Open Gaming Day is on October 1st from 10am until 4pm, we’ll see you there!
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Ever fancied pitting Goblins against ancient Greeks? What about Romans against Celts? Well, now you can with the Kings of War Historical Armies rulebook, which is available to pre-order now! In the book you’ll find all the core rules for Kings of War (so you don’t need the standard Kings of War book) and 30 new lists for historical armies from Antiquity to the late Middle Ages. You can use a combination of a master list, themes and mercenary units to build your army, along with veteran abilities to create unique units and represent elite fighters. Plus, you can also add mythical units to recreate legends (or make up your own). The 112 page softback book is available to order now from the Mantic store and will be shipping later this month.
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You might recognise the cover of the latest issue of Tabletop Gaming magazine… that’s right, it’s The Walking Dead: All Out War. Inside you’ll find an eight page feature in which Ronnie spills the beans (as usual) about how Mantic secured the license and games designer Mark Latham talks about how he took the comics and turned them into a tabletop game. Oh, and don’t tell anyone, but you can actually pre-order The Walking Dead: All Out War now, ahead of its retail release later this year. In the same issue there’s also a Deadzone V2 battle report in which Thomas Pike, who edited the rules takes on the magazine’s editor… we won’t spoil the results but let’s just say we were happy with the outcome. The Walking Dead: All Out War on the cover of Tabletop Gaming magazine.
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In case you haven’t noticed, the Clash of Kings tournament is in just under two months – October 22nd/23rd to be exact. There’s been lots of talk of armies around Mantic HQ – mainly people who forgot to get their armies ready swearing they’ll do it next year. With a little effort, there’s still time to get your army ready – you’ll just need a lot of models for the tournament’s 2,000 point limit. Fortunately, the clearence sale has you covered. As part of our warehouse clearance, we’ve put together a number of discounted bundles of Kings of War models – withe everything from Monsters to Cavalry. These bundles can be used to bolster an existing force or even start a completly new one. Kings of War has a very open army building system, where you could take an all Stormwind Cavalry army if you wanted to, or field an army of Werewolves lead by a deadly Lykanis. For the Evil Overlords amongst you, we’ve also put together a great bundle of minions to populate your dungeons – or join your forces in Kings of War. Conatining one of every single minion model for Dungeon Saga, this set comes pre [...]
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