“All right you miserable bar-stewards,” Jesus Ortiz barked at the hapless members of the DGB Rules Revision Committee, “I’m locking this door, and I don’t want to see any of your ugly mugs until we’ve got these rules nailed down harder than the furniture at a Zee convention!” The members of the Committee shared a forlorn look as the heavy wooden doors of the conference room slammed shut behind the great man, the aroma of the cheap cigar he kept clenched between his expensive teeth at all times left behind him. “Well,” said the Chairman, a pudgy man in his mid-thirties clearly out of his depth, “you heard the man. Let’s get cracking…” Being given the task of working on the Galaxy’s Greatest Sport is a privilege and a responsibility, and one that every member of the Rules Committee takes seriously. Drawn from the DreadBall community, these are people who live and breathe DreadBall, who know every one of its quirks and are dedicated to making the Galaxy’s Greatest Game even better: Pete Fullergreen Tim Jackson Arthur Monteath-Carr Lee Montgomery Jeffery Shortland Rob Taylor Joining us are the DreadBall Alpha Squad: Our lead playtesters who between them have played more [...]
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Lead your team to victory on the bloodstained pitches of the greatest sport ever played in this fast paced board game from Mantic! DreadBall is the futuristic sports board game for 2 players. Take on the role of coach and attempt to outscore your opponent on the pitches of the far future by playing in one-off exhibition matches or galaxy-spanning leagues that showcase your grasp of strategy and tactics. DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game Core SetIncludes 2nd Edition Rulebook, Pitch and 2 new teams: the Draconis All-Stars robots and Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Yndij plus a newly designed RefBot, Balls, Hex Bases, Cards, Counters and dice. DreadBall 2nd Edition takes the feedback from countless matches and tournaments played around the world and updates the rules and team balance for a new era of furious galactic sport. There is a new rulebook, streamlining the previous season books, redeveloping the league system and making improvements across the game. This book is included in a new boxed game, with two starter teams and redesigned components to enhance the overall gameplay. The DreadBall range already has quite a few teams, and every one of them will be balanced and competitive, with their own [...]
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Multibasing is a different way to base and rank up your Kings of War miniatures. Simply put, the models in a unit share one large base, rather than each individual figure having a base of their own. Units based like this are great for Kings of War, as each unit remains together for the entire battle. There are many ways to build these, including building your base out of plasticard, mdf or hard plastic! When we designed the new Kings of War Movement trays, we had multibases in mind. As you can see in the above image, the reverse side of each tray is covered in a fine earth texture – perfect for dry brushing or washes. You can easily split the tray down in to the right sizes for troops or regiments or use the tray ‘as is’ for a horde. I would advise painting your models separately then super-glueing them down to painted base. The studio Empire of Dust army was based using the prototypes for these trays. You can see here what the painted detail looks like (we’ve evened up the edges a bit since). You don’t have to stick to ranks and files like we have [...]
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Wow, so only 2 days until DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game hits Kickstarter. PANIC! PANIC! Just kidding. As promised, in today’s development diary we’re taking a closer look at what we’re doing with this Friday’s DreadBall Kickstarter. DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game on Kickstarter Launching at 1:30pm BST on Friday 22nd July and running for just two weeks, the DreadBall Kickstarter is designed around one main pledge level that gets you: DreadBall: The Futuristic Sports Game core set It includes: Core Rulebook: with everything you need to know to play plus League System and advanced rules for cheerleaders, coaches and more. New Teams: the Draconis All-Stars robot team and Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Yndij team. Very Very Early Work in Progress Yndij Sculpt. Lots of work still to be done! DreadBall Pitch: with new artwork and location zones for cards, action tokens, discard pile and an in-built scatter diagram (as requested by the community!) The hexes on the pitch are a little bigger at 28mm rather than 25mm to give some room for arms and tails. Everything you need to play: Revised cards, counters, dice, redesigned roster pad, RefBot MKII and lots of newly redesigned DreadBalls. The pledge [...]
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This October, we’ll be running our annual Kings of War Tournament – the Clash of Kings. This has been a Mantic staple for many years, before Kings of War was officially released we were playtesting rules with this event. These days, it’s an amazing gathering of Kings of War players, not just from the UK, and still as inclusive as it has always been. Battle Your Way to the Top! This year, each player needs to bring an army of up to 2,000 points, using one of the 19 available army lists – from Dwarfs to the Empire of Dust! Players are registered then randomly matched up to play. As each game is played, players will score points and take on attrition. The winner at the end of the event will be the player with the most points. First, Second and Third all place, as well as other prizes such as ‘Most Sporting‘, ‘Best Army‘ and the infamous ‘Wooden Spoon‘ (last place :P). The Kings of War Rules Committee have been hard at work, creating two new play scenarios for the tournament pack as well as tweaking rules for the event – you can download these here. The tournament [...]
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As any Kings of War player will tell you, either movement trays or multi-bases are a must. Unless, you want to move sixty zombies one model at a time for each turn of your game. A while ago, we released some mdf movement trays to help you out. Those went down so well that we’ve decided to put them into hard plastic! Each of these new movement trays is large enough to hold 40 infantry (or 20 cavalry) and is pre-cut to be easily broken down into troops and regiments. You can use them interchangeably between models, or glue your models down to the tray permanently. In addition, the underside of each tray is lightly textured as soil. This means that you can flip the tray upside down and use as a multi-base instead, gluing your models down permanently and painting up the texture area as earth, rocks or whatever your soldiers are standing in. This means that you can either make use of these trays as permanent, diorama-style multi-bases or trays for individually based models! Each set contains four Horde size trays, for either 20mm square bases or 25mm square bases. The 25mm trays can also be used to [...]
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1 week to go! This time next week DreadBall – The Futuristic Sports Game will be up on Kickstarter and hopefully going strong. My last entry was only a couple of days ago but there’s so much going on I just had to share more with you. DreadBall 2 Art By Michele Giorgi Sports Robots – Striker, Jack and Guard Concept Art by Roberto Cirillo One of the two starter teams in the new core game, the DreadBots (that’s my own personal pet name for them, not their actual name…) Poses come next. Yndij – Striker, Jack and Guard Choices, choices! Roberto often gives us a selection of armour designs to play with, allowing us to mix and match. Balls! The humble DreadBall gets a redesign in the new core game. It’s slightly larger than before, so it’s less fiddly, and you get more of them in the box. Also, it is detachable from the base: … why you might ask? Well, we’re also re-tooling the DreadBall hex bases. Don’t panic, you don’t need to cut your models off their old bases and replace them with new ones, it’s just an example of where we’re trying to improve the original [...]
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November’s Mantic Open Day will be held at our Nottingham Headquarters on Saturday 26th November – and there will be a very distinctive Walking Dead theme as the show will be the official launch party to celebrate the release of The Walking Dead: All Out War miniatures game! Come and play the miniatures survival game with us, preview future expansion packs and take part in our activities that include contests, seminars and painting competition (for real this time). Naturally the shop will have some tremendous offers and all the latest releases which at the time will include a host of new Kings of War, Deadzone (hard plastic Plague anyone?) and of course, The Walking Dead: All Out War miniatures game. Tickets start at just £9.99 for a single person and entitles you to a free goodie on entry, and children under 12 go free. Tickets are limited to just 150 so get yours now to avoid disappointment. Go here to get your tickets for the Mantic Open Day!
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Exciting news: The Walking Dead: All Out War is coming to Gen Con 2016! Between August 4-7, the Mantic Show Crew will be showing you how to play the brand new miniatures survival game based on the hit comic series: The Walking Dead! The team will be taking pre-orders ahead of the retail release in November and you will also be able to have a look through a production copy of the game for the first time. If you swing by the stand you can also pick-up your own free Walker figure – but be quick, because numbers are limited. Will you survive The Walking Dead? Go to stand 833 at Gencon to find out! There’s more… Get to grips with Deadzone, Kings of War and Dungeon Saga at our learn to play booths, pick up the latest releases including the Empire of Dust, Warlord of Galahir and the Forces of Nature. There will even be timed Dungeon Saga games and massive Kings of War monster battles! Of course, we can’t bring every release with us, so if there’s something specific that you want please place an order through our website and include the ‘Pick-up at Gencon’ product in the [...]
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The Pharaoh Sautekh was once a powerful leader of the Ahmunites. He was cruel and quick to anger, often causing more harm to his allies than his enemies. Any subjects to pay even the smallest slight to him would be put to the sword, then raised up into his Undead legions. When the Ophidians left the crumbling Ahmunite Empire, Lord Sautekh’s Brother, the Pharaoh Amon, was among them. When he aided the Ophidians in their curse of the Ahmunites, Sautekh’s rage was incandescent. After this betrayal, he swore revenge on on every living being, especially his own kin. Now Sautekh’s host marches north to Ophidia, to end his brother’s line once and for all. If you are looking to start an Empire of Dust force, then the Starter Army and Mega Army are ideal places to go. However, if you’re after something bigger, then look no further than Lord Sautekh’s Glorious Host. This massive web deal contains everything in the new Empire of Dust range – and thensome – totaling over 140 miniatures! In October, we’ll be running our annual tournament – the Clash of Kings. This is always a fantastic event and in my mind is the exemplar of [...]
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