Mantic Previews 2017 Plans

We’re only 4 days away from the end of 2016. I know a lot of people are going to be very happy about that. Lots because 2016 wasn’t the greatest. But, really, it’s also because there’s a lot to look forward to in 2017. Certainly, the folks at Mantic have a lot planned, and they’ve laid out some of their announcements in a new article.
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Gen Con Day 2 Photo Galleries

So, it’s coming up to 8pm. Day 2 is definitely in the books for Gen Con 2016. It’s been a very busy day. I’m tired, but still pretty amped about everything that’s gone on. And I’m sure you all would like to know about some of it. There’s been about a billion things to see. So, relatively, here’s a rather small percentage. More will come tomorrow.
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New Pledge Level Added To DreadBall Kickstarter

The original Kickstarter for DreadBall was one of the first crowdfunding campaigns I’ve been a part of (and I’ve only been a part of 4, total). It was a pretty exciting thing, with lots of stretch goals getting me lots of extra parts and pieces. I also did add-ons for a few of the extras like Keepers. So, at home, I’ve got a fairly decent-sized collection of DreadBall bits. I know I’m not the only one like this. But, it seemed like if I wanted to get in on the new edition, I’d need to repeat a bunch of my old purchases. Not so anymore. Mantic has a new pledge level for us DreadBall veterans. They’ve also gone into more detail about what’s changed in this new edition.
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Mantic Launches DreadBall 2nd Edition Kickstarter

And there’s the starting gun. Mantic has launched their Kickstarter campaign for their 2nd edition of DreadBall (taking full part in the Year of New Editions). The game puts you in charge of your own sci-fi sports team in one of the most brutal leagues out there. Score strikes against your opponent while they try and crush you into the ground.
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Mantic Posts New DreadBall Previews

DreadBall is Mantic’s sci-fi, high-impact, fantasy sports game. Pass, tackle, and shoot your way to the victory circle. As part of the Year of New Editions, they are coming out with a 2nd Edition of the game, coming via a Kickstarter campaign that will be launching in just over a week (the 22nd, to be specific). Well, Mantic’s posted up some new preview artwork, as well as some details about what you can expect in this new version.
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Mantic Posts Up New DreadBall 2nd Edition Details

Seeing as 2016 is “The Year of the New Edition,” we’ve got lots of them coming out. As always, people want to know what’s going to be changed. People that play the game want to know if their favorite aspects are leaving. Meanwhile, those that don’t play because of certain rules are looking to see if they’re going away. Well, Mantic has posted up some more details about what’s changing and what’s staying the same in the new version of DreadBall.
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Mantic Announces Dreadball 2.0

For all that I report on them, I’ve actually only pledged for four total crowdfunding campaigns. One of them was for the original Dreadball game. What can I say? I was drawn in to the theme (having been a hockey goalie for quite some time) and liked the look of the minis. Though, I have to admit, after a couple plays, I realized it wasn’t entirely for me (not that it was a bad game, but not every gamer is going to like every game). Well, that might be changing as Mantic has announced a new edition of the game will be coming out.
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Mantic Games Taking Pre-orders For DreadBall Challenge Cup Expansion

With all the news about The Walking Dead, this one almost got by. But Mantic’s not just working on their upcoming zombies game. Oh no. They’ve also got all the pulse-pounding action of DreadBall that they’ve been working on. Every team is looking to be the best. But how do you know without a special trophy? Well, that’s where the Challenge Cup Title comes in. Win that and everyone will know you’re the greatest around.
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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Hello to everyone on this cold Saturday. I hope you’re having a good day. I’m cracking nuts… for that fruitcake I’ve been telling you all about all week. They don’t use the phrase, “nutty as a fruitcake” for nothing, you know. I hope you have your own projects you’re working on, be they gaming-related, culinary-related, or just whatever else you feel like doing.

What I feel like doing at the moment, though, is taking a small break from making small breaks (these are the jokes, people!) and share with you the reviews I’ve come across in the past week.

Today’s articles feature: Black Hat, Ships, Above and Below, Traders of Osaka, The Bloody Inn, Hangtown, Rum & Bones, The World of Smog, Avarium Academy, The Builders: Antiquity, T.I.M.E. Stories, Bang! The Dice Game, Mysterium, Fury of Dracula, Pandemic Legacy, Between Two Cities, El Grandulon for Freebooters Fate, Opel Blitz by Rubicon Models, Star Wars Armada Wave 2, DreadBall Xtreme, and Pathfinder Battles: Red Dragon Evolution Set.

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Mantic Black Friday: 50% off Deadzone and more

And our TGN broadcast day will end with one of the bigger sales for the weekend. Mantic Games doesn’t disappoint with their Black Friday sales announcement. This weekend you can pick up Deadzone for 50% off. Yeah, half off. I know. Pretty good deal.
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Mantic Running a Sale on DreadBall Xtreme

For those of you not in the US, you probably already know about the Rugby Championships that are going on. For those of you in the US… The Rugby Championships are going on. Also for those of you in the US, rugby is a sport that’s sort of like soccer and football put together (and I realize non-US readers are going, “that’s a terrible analogy” but remember, we’re dealing with the US here, of which I am a citizen and always have been). Anyway, Mantic is running a sale for DreadBall Xtreme (which is like a sci-fi form of rugby… kinda…) over in their webshop during the championships.
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Photo Galleries from Day 2 of Gen Con

Day 2 is about to be in the books (as it’s only got about 15min. left and then I’m going to go to sleep). It was quite a wild and busy Friday. The frantic-ness of Thursday turned into a more calm, but no less busy Friday. Everyone was buzzing about the games that they’d picked up the day before or tried overnight.

I, of course, once more made my rounds of the place and got some galleries of photos over on the TGN Facebook page.
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Mantic Games Announces New Expansion for DreadBall

You’ve seen it played in the glitz of professional arenas all around the galaxy. You’ve seen it taken to the back alleys and abandoned warehouses. Now, see DreadBall in an entirely new light as the game heads in all new directions, almost literally. Mantic has announced DreadBall: Xtreme Xpansion. And pre-orders are happening now, too.
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First Expansion for Dreadball Xtreme available for free

DreadBall combines various sports and mashes them together on your tabletop… which invariably has your players mashing into one-another on the tabletop as well. It’s a good time had by all (if you enjoy mashing, that is). Xtreme takes DreadBall to the streets. It’s wild. It’s crazy. It’s without rules… well… kinda. I mean, there’s the rulebook for the game. And if you buy XTreme this month, you’ll get an extra rulebook in the form of the first expansion for free from Mantic.
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DreadBall Season 5 Available to Pre-Order from Mantic Games

Are you ready for some DreadBall!?
While the stereotype has it that gamers don’t even know the most basic fundamentals of sports, the truth is that many of us are sports fans (my personal preferences being hockey and college football). And a lot of us want to play game that are meant to simulate a sporting event on the tabletop. DreadBall from Mantic scratches that itch for a lot of gamers and the 5th season is now available to pre-order from Mantic’s website.
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You Could Win over £800 of DreadBall

Mantic Games wants to give you free stuff. Do you want free stuff from Mantic Games? Of course you want free stuff from Mantic Games! Everyone wants free stuff from Mantic Games! They’re having a special contest over on their website where you could win £800 of DreadBall stuff (for American readers, the “win 800 pounds” is a measure of monitory value and not an indication of weight. 800 pounds of DreadBall would be more than £800).
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Mantic Games at Salute 2015

Mantic will be making their way to Salute and they’ll be bringing quite a lot with them. First off, they’ll have Kings of War demos going on the Tablescapes Tiles they have from Secret Weapon Miniatures (Mantic’s the exclusive distributor of those in the UK and Europe). You can also try out Dungeon Saga. For Mars Attacks, you’ll be able to pick up one of the new Giant Martian Robot minis (though at 7″ tall, it’s not really a “mini”). Plus, they’ll have demos of DreadBall and DreadBall Xtreme. Play a demo, get a £5 voucher to get a starter. Mantic will also be selling the last few minis from their Deadzone Kickstarter. If you wanted to get some of these special minis, but didn’t have a chance before, you’ll have one last one at the show.

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TGN Podcast Roundup

Here we are again on Tuesday. Seems we got here pretty quick. Monday, thankfully, came and went without much of a hitch, at least here. Hopefully yours was much the same.

So anyway, we’ve got our regular segment here of collecting the week’s podcasts for you to listen to at your leisure.
Which are your favorites?

In this grouping we’ve got: Game Classy 83: Thursday Night, Geeks of the North Episode 12: Templecon recap, Ronnie and Luke Talk: DreadBall Xtreme Part 02, Mantic Podcast Episode 14, Adeptus Infernus Dataslate 02 and 03, and Lost Hemisphere Radio ep109: Cherchez la femme.

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DreadBall Xtreme Website Now Live, Looking for Helpers

Mantic has launched their DreadBall Xtreme website and they’re looking for people interested in helping out. Do you have match reports? Send ’em in. Do you have strategy or tactics articles? Send ’em in. Painting guides? Send ’em in.
Expect a review of the game here on TGN in the coming weeks.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Another Saturday night (well, afternoon) and I ain’t got nobody (well, I’m hanging out with my gaming group). I got some money ’cause I just got paid (well, earlier in the week, yeah). Oh how I wish I had someone to talk to (well… again, with my gaming group, so I’m talking with them). I’m in an awful way (I’m starting to think this song wasn’t the best choice to use in this opening, since I’m doing just fine right now, but I’ve typed this much, I’m going to stick with it).

Time once more for a Review Roundup. Here’s the game/product reviews/previews/unboxings we found in the last week.

Items include: DreadBall Hobgoblin Unboxing, King of New York, the Melee expansion for Chaostle, Five Tribes, and Last Will and it’s Get Stacked expansion.

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Podcast Roundup

Here to get you through another week are the podcasts and vidcasts that we think you might like to listen to.

This week we have: Gamers on Games Episode 270 : Gameplay Overview of Terminus Gate, Gamers Behaving Badly episodes 7 and 8, the first episode of a new Mantic video series (this episode’s about DreadBall),

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DreadBall Xtreme now available for Pre-Order

Mantic is now taking pre-orders for the next expansion of DreadBall, DreadBall Xtreme. This version of the game eschews the lights and glamor of the arena for the rough and rumble world of “wherever we can have a game that doesn’t get busted by the feds.” No referees. No fouls. Just you vs. the opponent.

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DreadBall’s about to get a whole lot more violent

Mantic has announced that they’ll start taking orders for DreadBall Xtreme starting this Friday in their webshop. This new version of DreadBall doesn’t have fouls or Referees, and is played not in the glamorous arenas, but instead in the back alleys and warehouses out of the public eye (don’t want the cops coming in and shutting the game down before it’s over).
The starter will come with two teams and everything you need to play right away.

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DreadBall Season 4 Pre-Orders Available

Mantic has started taking pre-orders for the 4th season of DreadBall. Get yourself the new book and teams and crunch some bones as you look to out-score and out-hurt your opponent. There’s new teams, new MVPs, and updated and expanded rules for cheerleaders and coaches for you to check out.

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The Year of DreadBall kicks-off with Season 4

Mantic gives us a look at what they have in store for DreadBall this year with a preview of Season 4. The Season 4 rulebook will be 48 pages an include four new teams: Sphyr, Hobgoblins, Unincorporated Rebs, and the Forge Father Brokkr Team. Of course, there will be some MVPs as well. Along with that, there’s new coaches and cheerleader minis they’ll be coming out with.

And speaking of the minis, they’re going to be coming pre-assembled now. So your players will be ready-to-play right out of the package.

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Ironwatch Issue 29 is now out

Ironwatch, the fan-created Mantic magazine, has issue 29 out now for your downloading and reading pleasure. Included inside you’ll find chilling new fiction for Kings of War with “Deathtime Story,” a new MVP for Dreadball who proves you can teach and old player new tricks, and a new scenario for Mars Attacks. There’s also a calendar of upcoming Mantic releases and a Q&A with Chris Palmer. Go get a copy for yourself.

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Kings of War Mini-Kick coming next week

Mantic gives us a look at how things are coming along with a little bit of everything. But the big announcement for the blog post is a mini-Kickstarter campaign they’ll be launching next week.

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We’ll have a low buy in pledge. It will get you a hard cover book, with rules, lots of background about the world and the armies and updated army lists. This would be a limited edition print. You also get the battle book – a soft cover book (it will come with just the army lists and rules) for taking with you to games nights and tournaments. If you just want the book, or to pay after Christmas just drop in a dollar and pick up what you want in the survey. Finally I would open a pledge for new players that gives them the rules pledge and an army to get going with it would also be a handy way for existing players the opportunity to start a new army, (or an Abyssal one 🙂 )

Mantic tease Mini-Kick and more

Mantic lets us know how things have been moving along with a couple of their projects, plus a tease at the next one they’ve got coming up.

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We are continuing this year and next to keep investing in our two worlds – The Kings of War realm and the Warpath universe. Other licenced properties hopefully will open new doors for the wider range and bring Mantic to more hobbyists – and ultimately that is what I want Mantic to stand for. Fully formed, interesting worlds and universes that can be gamed in.

I want to see a day when every school boy – and girl if they like – has a Mantic Tabletop miniatures game somewhere in their cupboard. It would be fantastic if people think of Mantic as a friendly gaming company that offers great toy soldiers, and fun games at reasonable prices – and as something they would like to spend their free time doing. Obviously the commitment to a skirmish game will be different than for a full mass combat wargame – some fans will be more committed than others. But I hope we can get to a place that anyone who wants to, can access a hobby that whether they enjoy collecting, painting or playing it is open and easy for them to do so.

Mantic Releases Free Digital Rules for Dreadball

Mantic has released the rules for Dreadball for free via their digital downloads program.

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Mantic Games have announced that they’ve released the rules for Dreadball for free via thier publishing arm, Mantic Digital.
These releases are the refbot, giving an at a glance app that lets you check rules and abilities, and they’ve also released the ebook rules for free!

DreadBall Azure Forest Expansion Review posted on Play Board Games

Azure Forest, the expansion for DreadBall, from Mantic Games, gets reviewed by the experts over at Play Board Games.

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Azure Forest is an expansion for DreadBall that takes the sport to a jungle moon. The setting provides new challenges for coaches and teams. They are required to deal with the environment.

More insider details on the Azure Forest Limited Ed Dreadball set

Mantic gives us a deeper look inside what’s coming with the Azure Forest DreadBall limited edition set.

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Ronnie’s spilled the details on the Azure Forest edition of the ever popular Dreadball. Find out what’s in the box and read more on the limited edition set.

Limited Edition Azure Forest set for DreadBall coming

Mantic is working on making their 5th print run of DreadBall. Along with it, they’re making some limited edition Azure Forest sets.

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One of Mantic’s Flagship games, Dreadball, is out of stock. To celebrate our upcoming fifth print run of the Futuristic Sport’s Game, we’ve offering a gorgeous new pitch in with a new, limited edition, limited quantity Azure Forest Bundle!

New DreadBall 3D render

Mantic is showing off some new renders for a new mini for DreadBall Xtreme.

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Our beta testers have done their job and fed back to the man in charge of the new PledgeManager, who is making sure it’s ship shape before it’s released. Ronnie’s seen it too and given it the two-thumbs up, marking improvement in every aspects of usability over any survey we’ve done previously. The time we’ve spent to get it right has meant that it should be a painless experience and one we’re looking forward to sharing with you.

Ronnie has requested it be released next week, as we appreciate it’s now late – we’re sorry for the delay! We strongly believe it will be worth the wait however. We’ll be looking at making it live toward the end of next week where we’ll be emailing you all a link via the Kickstarter Messages.

Final days for DreadBall Xtreme

Mantic has the clock running out on their DreadBall Xtreme Kickstarter campaign. There’s less than 3 days left to get in on the action.

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Mantic have entered the final days with their DreadBall Xtreme Kickstarter by previewing the Season 6 teams – 2 of which have already been unlocked!

All of them are free in the limited edition Frenzy pledge, maxed at 16 players each. Adding to Frenzy increases the already fantastic deal, which is currently worth over $850 at retail and contains over 200 miniatures!