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Where Mantic took by surprise?

Mantics latest Kickstarter Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest was fully funded in four minutes flat. Having just had a quick look they are very close to breaking the two thousand dollar mark.


This is the new stretch goal they have added. By the time you see this though it will probably be passed.

So what’s happening up at Mantic HQ? I have no idea but in my minds eye I can see a comical picture of an overseer whipping a room full of goblins and trolls to hurry up and get some designs down for the next stretch goal.


Mantic Break Records with latest Kickstarter

Hi – it’s Kai from Mantic Games here. Your blog host has kindly allowed me to come on over and say hello and tell you about our new Kickstarter. If you have any questions, please head on over to Launched Kickstarter… and ask away! I’ll do what I can to answer them.

So….That was some four minutes.

Just in case you missed it, we funded in four minutes FLAT.  It’s a new record for Mantic Games!
We’ve also smashed through our first two stretch goals….

We’re shattering through stretch goals right now, so we’re currently aiming for $150k
Gabrielle Kickstarter Exclusive


We’re working on creating some really great things with this, and you can help!  Just pledge in.

Beneath the plains of Diffeth lies the ruined Dwarfen Hold of Dolgarth. Buried deep is the Tome of Valandor – the purest source of magical knowledge that has ever existed. It has been protected for centuries, but it has now fallen into the hands of evil…


Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest is the Dungeon Adventure Board Game for 2-5 players. It is now live on Kickstarter


It centres around the classic struggle between a party of heroes and the forces of darkness, represented by the Undead. One player takes on the mantle of the Necromancer and controls his evil host, whilst up to four other players can lead the mighty heroes on their adventure.




The game contains coloured plastic miniatures and full colour, modular dungeon tiles ready to use right out of the box. No assembly is required.


Whether you’re a veteran of the dungeon genre or you’re simply looking for a great game to play with the kids, Dungeon Saga has something for everyone!

Find out more here – Venture into DarknessDungeon Saga



We’re launching Dungeon Saga through Kickstarter. If successful, we will use the funds to tool the miniatures and complete the rules – a task we simply cannot do without you.
This Kickstarter is very simple – we’re starting with one great value Pledge Level to make it really easy to get involved. It’s called Dungeon Master and is available for $100. It includes everything in the graphic below.


Kickstarter pledges are made by credit card. No money is charged until the campaign ends, after the end-of-month payday. Pledge now with total piece of mind!
This will of course be pumped with loads of bonus stretch goals the further we get down the campaign, some of which will be exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign and virtually impossible to get elsewhere. If you don’t want to miss anything, then please get involved!

We hope that together we can make the best dungeon adventure board game possible. If you’re new to Kickstarter you can check out our Guide to Pledging, Stretch Goals and Add-ons here. We will of course be on hand to answer any questions you might have!

Please pledge your support and spread the word – we appreciate your support!

Warhammer 40k and White Dwarf


This weeks issue of White Dwarf issue 16 contains and there is no real surprises here the new rules for 40K, so for those off you that have not seen it yet or just want the latest rumours confirmed, here goes.

The rulebook went on pre-order last night under various options from digital ebook at £39.99 to the special 2000 copy Munitorum edition at a staggering £200 I have seen on social media sites that this has already sold out but you can add it to the cart so unsure if this is true. The standard Hardback rules comes in at £50 but also comes in three parts a Galaxy of War which is a 144 page art book a Dark Millennium 128 page background book and also the rules which comes in at 208 pages other than going digital there seems no way of getting a rules book by itself.


As for the rules not much has been given away but shooting is now conducted in 7 stages current rumours include that weapons are fired in a certain order e.g. heavies then normal then assault.

The first big change is the ‘unbound armies’ one rumour that I had heard was that unforged armies couldn’t claim that turns out not to be true, how ever if player A with his Riptide unbound army has claimed an objective and player B with his ‘Battle Forged (or force organised army) comes along and can then claim it straight from under the riptide. So players using the Force Organisation Chart already have an advantage without the rollable perks that a FoC army will bring.

The next change is the psychic phase is back in and has been totally revamped, to use an phrase I heard at GW this week is Grey Knights could literally generate hundreds of dice to roll during the psychic phase, and everyone has probably heard about Ezekiel turning into a demon to win the game. Although perils of the warp is now ‘supposedly’ on any double roll and is much more fun for the person who didn’t fail it.

Moving on so not everything is divulged is a new set of objectives, generated by drawing a cards to determine objectives, the player can combine these to really wrack up some victory points so an unbound army could table a battle forged army, but still loose if the battle forged has completed a few of these optional missions an example given in WD16 is 5 victory points for killing the Warlord, One for ‘Slay the warlord’ 1 for assassination and up to 3 for King Slayer.


On a side note also this week there is a section on painting Dryads in seasonal colours, so its not all about the Grim Darkness of the future rulebook.

Drop Zone Commander News

DZC expansion book announced 

At Salute 2014Hawk Wargames revealed the title and cover art for Dropzone Commander’s first expansion book. Reconquest: Phase 1 will advance the storyline of DZC and will introduce a new faction; The Resistance. The book will include full background and army lists for this vibrant and varied faction as well as printed rules for all our new releases and some unseen units for the existing factions. The book will also include many new scenarios, rules and campaign info to add further variation and narrative to your games of DZC. Reconquest: Phase 1 will be available in Summer this year.

New Resistance Miniatures – showcased for the first time

Hawk Wargames have been hard at work completing the range of highly detailed Resistance
miniatures and at Salute we displayed the Barrel Bomber, Medium Dropship, Halftrack, MBT, Battle Bus and AA Tank (working titles). These are among HW’s most detailed creations yet and are some of the most important units in the range. Keep an eye out for more information on these exiting new models over the
coming months!

Space Combat Game in Development – official announcement 

Hawks Wargames are working on an in-development space combat game set in the DZC universe, Dropfleet Commander (working title). For this exciting project, they have been working with Andy Chambers on the ruleset, which is currently well into the playtesting phase. There’s a lot more work ahead of us, but expect to hear much more before the end of the year!

Dystopian Wars 2.0 Rulebook

Spartan Games is pleased to announce the release of the major enhancement to the highly successful Victorian Super Science Fiction wargame that was originally launched in 2010. Since its release Dystopian Wars encompass seven core nations, numerous Alliance nations and mercenaries. The model count
for the game is literally in the hundreds and continues to grow as the devastating world war intensifies. Across the seven core nations there are now over 320 models to game with, and this does not include the likes of the Ottoman Empire, Chinese Federation, Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, League of Italian States, Australians (Free and Royalists), Kingdom of Denmark, Black Wolf, Eclipse Company and East India Company.

The key focus for the 2.0 book has been improved clarity of the rules, the speeding up of overall game play and the ability to let gamers deploy larger forces. Game mechanics such as Force Deployment and Small Aerial Models have been enhanced to improve game play. Inside the books players will find a comprehensive background section that covers the core seven nations of the Dystopian Wars world, along with statistics for 21 Battle Groups, encompassing Air, Land and Sea for each of the major seven nations. These will be further supported by a series of free to download PDFs for each nation and all Alliance nations. Later in 2014 three new Alliance Hardback Books will arrive for gamers to add to their collections.

320 Page High Quality Book
Page Marker Ribbon
Faux Leather with Gold Blocking Inlay

Brand New Layout Design
Improved Core Engine
Enhanced Force and Deployment Rules
Ability to play larger games
Diagrams and Examples Appendix
Packed full of full colour photography
Comprehensive Core Nation Backgrounds
Statistics for 21 Battle Groups: Air, Land and Sea
Streamlined mechanics designed to speed up game play.

RRP for the rule book is £30