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Mantic Open Day (25/11): Open Day and Black Friday [Weekend] Deals

On November 25th Mantic Games invites you, our friends, to join us for our biannual OPEN DAY. You can choose a single ticket , or the Group ticket which covers four attendees for the price of three! The OPEN DAY has been steadily evolving and inevitably this one will be the biggest yet. Previous attendees know that the Main Hall is at capacity, so we will be utilising a couple of extra rooms to add in more and varied things to do. Our ultimate aim is to create an aspiring environment that will inspire your own hobby and captivate you for 4 or more hours! We began this process by asking what we want in an Open Day, then we addressed each point. We believe this is our best offering to date and we believe you’ll agree. There are three blogs in this series, each describing one of the following zones of interest: Participation and Cool Stuff, Learning, Open Day and Black Friday Weekend deals 3. OPEN DAY AND BLACK FRIDAY [WEEKEND] DEALS For our final look at the list there was another thing we all agreed on: we love hitting up Open Days and Conventions to increase our hobby [...]

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:01 +0000 Click for full story
Mantic OPEN DAY (25/11): Learning

On November 25th Mantic Games invites you, our friends, to join us for our biannual OPEN DAY. You can choose a single ticket , or the Group ticket which covers four attendees for the price of three! The OPEN DAY has been steadily evolving and inevitably this one will be the biggest yet. Previous attendees know that the Main Hall is at capacity, so we will be utilising a couple of extra rooms to add in more and varied things to do. Our ultimate aim is to create an aspiring environment that will inspire your own hobby and captivate you for 4 or more hours! We began this process by asking what we want in an Open Day, then we addressed each point. We believe this is our best offering to date and we believe you’ll agree. There are three blogs in this series, each describing one of the following zones of interest: Participation and Cool Stuff, Learning, Open Day and Black Friday Weekend deals 2. LEARNING Looking back at our list we realised that while we all love hearing about what’s happening in gaming, there were also about 1/3 of us who enjoy to pick up new tips, skills, [...]

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:59:22 +0000 Click for full story
Mantic OPEN DAY (25/11): Participation and Cool Stuff

On November 25th Mantic Games invites you, our friends, to join us for our biannual OPEN DAY. You can choose a single ticket, or the Group ticket which covers four attendees for the price of three! The OPEN DAY has been steadily evolving and inevitably this one will be the biggest yet. Previous attendees know that the Main Hall is at capacity, so we will be utilising a couple of extra rooms to add in more and varied things to do. Our ultimate aim is to create an aspiring environment that will inspire your own hobby and captivate you for 4 or more hours! We began this process by asking what we want in an Open Day, then we addressed each point. We believe this is our best offering to date and we believe you’ll agree. There are three blogs in this series, each describing one of the following zones of interest: Participation and Cool Stuff, Learning, Open Day and Black Friday Weekend deals 1. PARTICIPATION AND COOL STUFF From our list we realised that when visiting another company, or going to a convention, many of us like to try out a new game, or play something we know with [...]

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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:42:19 +0000 Click for full story
Kings of War: Vanguard – What is the Northern Alliance?

There are only three days left on the Kings of War: Vanguard Kickstarter and we’re approaching a major milestone: the launch of a brand new faction for Kings of War, the Northern Alliance. Ahead of the launch of the Northern Alliance, we thought we would introduce this mysterious warband. Far away from the eyes of Basilea, the halls of the Dwarves or the Kingdoms of Men, the Winterlands are an almost forgotten part of Mantica. It is a land blasted by chill winds and carved from ice. For most of Mantica’s history it has remained hidden but now stories are drifting south of an alliance of men, Elves and other creatures that could rival even the greatest powers in Mantica. Travellers have reported that the Winterlands are ruled by an exiled elven prince called Talannar Icekin. His great magic has created a beautiful city – known as Chill – with towers of glittering ice that shoot skywards. Many who live just south of the Ice Mountains have flocked to his banner, intrigued by the strange rumours surround Talannar’s rule. During the recent cataclysmic spread of the Abyss and the decimation caused to The Brotherhood, many of these brave soldiers have [...]

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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:04:24 +0000 Click for full story
Kings of War: Vanguard – Who are the Nightstalkers?

In today’s blog we’re taking a look at the background behind the terrifying Nightstalkers. The Nightstalkers were once a group of Elves, known as the Conclave of Heaven. The Conclave attracted the attentions of a celestial being known as Oskan who taught them how to travel the paths between worlds. The Elves became obsessed with travelling along the ‘ways’ and eventually spent more and more time letting their minds drift across the cosmic ether. However, when the Fenulian Mirror was smashed – ripping the Celestians in two – the souls of those Elves travelling along the ways became trapped. Now these once benevolent beings have been warped and twisted into the terrifying Nightstalkers. They feed on the nightmares of mortals and emotions such as fear, hatred and pride. The Nightstalkers take on many forms – often perceived by different races in different ways, depending upon their superstitions. BANSHEE The shattered remains of the spirit and mind of an Elven Mage-queen, a Banshee is a hideous ghost that glitters with supernatural hoarfrost. It will screech its rage and bitterness across the battlefield in a terrible wail that can drive back the unwilling recipients with an almost physical force. SHADE The Shade [...]

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Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:16:05 +0000 Click for full story
Kings of War: Vanguard – Playing a Campaign

Kings of War: Vanguard will be launching on Kickstarter on November 1st. Throughout this week, we’ll be exploring the game in more detail and giving you a taste of the rules. In today’s blog, we’re talking about the campaign mode! One of the exciting aspects of Vanguard is the story-telling and legend-building possibilities of the campaign system. Campaigns allow players to link individual games of Vanguard into a larger narrative that chronicles the adventures of their Warband members’ lives and trials. Campaigns can take a bit work, but a fun and exciting campaign can be very rewarding and will likely feature in your gaming group’s conversations for years to come! Players who have Kings of War armies, can also combine both games into a bigger, more involved narrative story arc where the adventures of the Warbands skirmishing over strategic ground, ambushing enemy raiding parties or destroying enemy supplies can influence the larger battles – for better or for worse. Mantica is a dangerous place, but it is also filled with great opportunities. The land may be razed by the passing of great armies, but often critical infrastructure, supplies and valuable items remain intact and are left behind. Warbands will have [...]

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Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:50:43 +0000 Click for full story
Kings of War: Vanguard – Terrain & Scenery

Kings of War: Vanguard will be launching on Kickstarter on November 1st. Throughout this week, we’ll be exploring the game in more detail and giving you a taste of the rules. In today’s blog, we’re highlighting the importance of terrain and scenery. Although terrain won’t be as fundamental to Vanguard as something like Deadzone, it will still have an important part to play. This will come in two forms: scenery as obstacles and barriers, alongside scenery that will become objectives in a particular scenario. Today, we’re going to have a look at the former and explain how terrain will play an important part in combat. First, it’s worth mentioning that – just like Kings of War – models and terrain will all have a height value. This is used when determining line of sight and cover. Models all have their height value listed on the stat card, while terrain can be decided before a game starts. What’s more, when a model is standing on a particular piece of terrain, then you combine the numbers to give you the total height. LOS from your model to an enemy model is considered Blocked if a line to all parts of the enemy [...]

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Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:24:01 +0000 Click for full story
Kings of War: Vanguard – More Details About Combat

Kings of War: Vanguard will be launching on Kickstarter on November 1st. Throughout this week, we’ll be exploring the game in more detail and giving you a taste of the rules. In today’s blog, we’re describing some extra elements of combat. After explaining the basics of combat in yesterday’s blog, today we’ll delve a little more into some of the other elements you can expect to encounter when scrapping it out! ENGAGING A MODEL First of all let’s look at how you’ll engage enemies in close combat. Models in base-to-base contact with an enemy model are Engaged. When a model Engages another, place the front of the moving model’s base flush against the target’s base on the side contact was made, as centrally as possible. A Walk (or Run) action to Engage an enemy model does not trigger a free Melee action. A model Engaged in Melee may attempt to break away. Make 1 Armour Roll for each enemy model the activating model is breaking away from. Models that are knocked down are ignored. The model will lose a wound for each failed save. If the model is still alive, it may make a Run action in any direction. HIP [...]

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Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:52:39 +0000 Click for full story
Kings of War Vanguard – Combat

Kings of War: Vanguard will be launching on Kickstarter on November 1st. Throughout this week, we’ll be exploring the game in more detail and giving you a taste of the rules. In today’s blog, we’re describing the basics of combat. Just in case you missed it on last Friday’s blog, the Kings of War: Vanguard Kickstarter launches on November 1st. After having so much fun going through some of the rules last week, we’ve decided to continue exploring Vanguard in more detail this week as well. So, make sure you keep coming back to the Mantic Blog to find out more about this exciting skirmish game. Today, we’re going to explain a little bit about combat. Remember, the stat card we showed previously? Well, first let’s take a look at the stats marked number ‘7’. Here you can see that the Wiz rolls one D8 for a ranged attack and two D8s for a melee attack. We settled on D8s after a great deal of deliberation and a lot of experimentation. Initially early in development we had a system that used a mixture of D6s and D8s, which was dependant upon how skillful the character was in combat. However, as [...]

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Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:53:31 +0000 Click for full story
Kings of War Vanguard: Using Group Actions

Kings of War: Vanguard will be launching on Kickstarter on November 1st. Throughout this week, we’ve been exploring the game and giving you a taste of the rules. In today’s blog, we’re detailing Group Actions. So far in our Vanguard blogs we’ve covered the background, character cards, power dice and fatigue. If you haven’t already taken a look at those blogs, now’s probably a good time… go on, have a read, we’ll be here when you get back. Finished? Good, then we’ll carry on… Today we’re going to talk about Group Actions. You see, although Vanguard is about the individuals of Mantica fighting for tactical advantage or prestige and power, occasionally going into a scrap as a small gang can have its benefits! Thank goodness then for Group Actions. As well as activating individual characters, you can also spend power to activate multiple models at once. The idea behind this was so that the warbands can break off into smaller groups led by a specialist or support unit that’s backed up by two grunts. In order to use a Group Action, you must pay the appropriate power and can then activate a group of models together. All the models in [...]

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:23:01 +0000 Click for full story


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