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A 28mm tabletop fantasy skirmish game. Create a warband of elite fighters, develop their abilities and fight to the bitter end.
A 28mm tabletop fantasy skirmish game. Create a warband of elite fighters, develop their abilities and fight to the bitter end.
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Shipping update and rulebook preview

Posted by Mantic Games (Creator)

Ho! Vanguardians,

So, there's a little bit of bad news today. We were hoping that the Vanguard Kickstarter items would be with us towards the end of this month. However, we've had an update from the manufacturer that some items were delayed, which has pushed the timeline back slightly... but only by a couple of weeks.

The new estimated date for us to start shipping is October 15th and we expect to be finished within a couple of weeks. This means that everything should be out of the door by the end of October, which is ahead of the November shipping date we estimated on the Kickstarter. Sorry about the slight delay but luckily it's only a couple of weeks, and we're still ahead of schedule overall.

However, it's not all bad news. The rulebook is currently being printed and - even if we do say so - it's one of the most beautiful rulebooks we've produced. The Vanguard rulebook is 160 pages long (that's an extra 32 pages than we predicted during the Kickstarter) and has rules for one-off games, basic spells, advanced spells, 12 scenarios, starter warbands... the list goes on.

It's easily comparable with the hardback Kings of War rulebook in terms of depth. Vanguard is a game we want to be around for a long time and a lot of very hard work has gone into producing this rulebook. Thanks to all those members of the community that helped with playtesting.

Perhaps one of the most exciting elements is the incredibly detailed campaign system. Author Matt Gilbert has done an amazing job on creating a rich campaign mode that will see your fighters grow over time. The campaign section alone is 28 pages and will give you an opportunity to create your own warband and tell their story through a series of fantastic interlinked games.

As we approach the launch of Vanguard, make sure you keep checking the Mantic Blog because we'll have more than a month's worth of detailed Vanguard coverage - showing how it ties into and supports Kings of War, what new units it's helping to create for KoW, how a campaign works and lots, lots more. This is one of our biggest releases ever and we're extremely excited about it.

Anyway, enough typing - let's take a look at a few pages from the book...

 We'll be back to let you know once everything has arrived in the warehouse.

Marijn Bierhof, Sascha Stand, and 51 more people like this update.


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      NickCord on

      Early sounds pretty awesome. I can't wait to dig into all these goodies on my YouTube channel.

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      Dillon Rinehart on

      from the way its sounds even with the delay your still ahead of schedule.

      you guys are doing a terrific job. cant wait to dig into this game when it arrives

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      Andrew on

      On time shipping!?!?!??!?! I'm furious it isn't shipping early ;-) That book looks great and so do those models

    4. Gonzalo on

      Very nice!

      +1 for the PDF rulebook, can't wait longer to see how the rules evolved.

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      Nathaniel Brown on

      Thanks for the update guys! Can't wait :)

    6. Andrew Lawton on

      Oh! Mantic has Another delay! Nothing new there then.....
      What about a PDF of the completed rulebook!

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      Claudio Schäfer on

      Looks really good! And the 2 weeks wait, well happens, it's KS and still early after all. But I really second an earlier (nowish ;) ) PDF.

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      Chris Larsson on

      Can we get a PDF of the rulebook? Please?

    9. Darkson on

      *grabs popcorn ready for the ranting of the pushed shipping, even though it's still planned to be early*

    10. Simeon Ewing on

      Nice one guys, can't wait to get my hands on it.