First, let me apologize. I am really sorry that we were didn’t get you the complete rules PDF last week as we promised we would. The intention was that you’d get these before the online rules or the starter list for the Forces of the Abyss were released. We wanted to get you the rules first.
And that was the plan, but just after the rules had gone to print…
…Nick Williams, one of the members on the rules committee, noticed an omission in the print file. These are the hardest type of errors to find but once spotted we immediately updated the final copy, and checked it once more. However, the result was we spent some time updating the rulebook at the end of last week when we want to prepare your PDF copies. The good news is we worked the weekend and here they are!
So, apologies for being late, not communicating properly and thank you for your support and patience.
If you want to stop reading now and just want the rules, here’s where they are….
We have sent you the download link in a private Kickstarter message. It may take up to 24 hours for the link to come through.
This is the completed version of the rulebook, full of background, photography, art, the rules and all eleven complete army lists, including the complete Forces of the Abyss army and the new Forces of Nature army list which has not been released anywhere else.
We hope you enjoy them.
Ok, if you are still reading we guess you want to hear some more…
Keeping In Touch
As a principle, we try to update once a month to give an idea of what’s going on with the project, the important messages and the latest inside info.
We are now approaching the point where we start to ship the Kings of War Kickstarter - after the quality changes we made to the book we are on target to begin shipping the week commencing 27th July. Towards the end of this month we start seeing more and more final sculpts and plastic sprues being finished - so we are going to be moving to an update at least once a week.
The next update will introduce Kings of War Kickstarter Mission Control – a project tracker so that you can join us on the last leg of the journey. It’ll break down the project by component, provide an estimation of when it’ll be completed and when it’ll ship.
We’ll also look at more of the new sculpts and figures that are coming out, including the Greater Obsidian Golem, Ogre Warlock, Berserker Braves and Orc War Drum and crew.
We’ve also had photos of the first hard plastic miniatures back from the manufacturer – these models are the first test shots from the mold. There are a few improvements we still want to see, but I hope you like them.
Although we are getting ready to ship we will also keep working on a few of the other projects that came out of the kickstarter:
- Work is underway building the global campaign – currently planned for the first half of 2016 – where every battle will count to changing a part of Mantica.
- We are building a Kings of War Website – dedicated to all things KoW
- That will link to a Kings of War Rankings site – so you can log your result and become the best KoW player in the world!!! - or at least your town ;)
- We have begun work on The Kings of War App – which will have an army selection tool so you can build you army without pen and paper!
And we are even working on a few things for after the KS – such as a crossover army book, that will allow people with existing non-mantic armies the chance to play.
Over the last few weeks we have seen a huge surge in the interest for Kings of War as it becomes the only truly mass battle unit based fantasy game on the market. Last week Rick Priestley (who designed the original Warhammer game) wrote the foreword to our rulebook. How cool is that?
Yet if it had not been for your belief and support via the KS for the game none of this would be happening. We have taken the funds you sent us and developed a fantastic new rules set (with much help from the rules committee), we have new plastic sets on the way, two new armies – and many new resin and metal kits. We have beginner rules on the site already and lots of great stories planned to bring people in to the game. It is because of your support that all this is happening – and I hope we are on the brink of seeing KoW becoming a truly global phenomenon. It deserves to be, even if it is just because of all the passion you have shown for it!
If you live in the UK we will be holding a new-format Open Day at Mantic HQ in Nottingham on the 21st November. All activities will be themed around Kings of War (or DreadBall) and there will also be a painting competition. We will have more information on this soon, but we’d love to see us if you can join us.
And if you are going to Gencon then please come by the booth 1637 or join us at Colt Grill Saturday night from 8pm, where we will be playing games and hanging out.
Thanks for reading. Please enjoy the rules and apologies once again we didn’t get you these when we should have