Announcing the release of Tetra Firma!

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Announcing the third full release for Ironwatch Games, we’re proud to bring you Tetra Firma, from the mind of Christopher Binetti!

Featuring a brand-new setting, this expansion for Kings of War adds a host of new special rules, a robust and deep magic system, and 30 new factions you can mix and match to create unique and varied armies to battle in this fantasy-historical setting. Will you wield the werewolf and peasant militias of the Vlachan or Euphrasian forces, or the combined forces of malignant and benign undead in the Nethercropolis and Numantian sub-factions of the Necromancer Guilds? Maybe it might even be the right time to unleash some Battle Sloths upon your foes…

Featuring custom cover art from Boris Samec, this robust expansion offers tons of new variety to help spice up your Kings of War games, and a brand-new and detailed setting to explore!

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Happy gaming!

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State of the Watch: The future of Ironwatch Magazine

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Hey everyone,

I wanted to give an update, as many of you probably noticed we’ve published our (awesome, IMHO) Ironwatch: Tales of the Stars short story collection, rather than Issue 63. Unfortunately, the reason’s not a great one.

While the reception for Ironwatch has consistently been enthusiastic and supportive, we’re simply not receiving enough content to continue posting the magazine at this point. I believe there are a variety of factors that lead into the reduced content stream, but the long and the short of it is that even publishing on an every-other-month cycle hasn’t helped to alleviate the issue. In addition, a variety of changes in my own life have made it difficult to continue putting the time into Ironwatch and the Mantic community that it needs to be a success.

In short, the next and final issue of Ironwatch Magazine I have planned will be Issue 63: The Finale, releasing on August 1st  to celebrate 6 full years of publication.

In the meantime, we’ll still be accepting content for the Finale, and if it means the final issue goes out with a bang as a coffee-table-suitable tome, all the better! We’re setting the publication out 6 months because, in the interim, we have 3 more Ironwatch Games we wanted to make sure get published: The Deluxe version of Quarantine (more on that in a sec), the Tetra Firma expansion for Kings of War by Christopher Binetti, and a newly-submitted Dungeon Saga expansion, Tomb Delvers Tales, by Glenn Allan.

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A slight request: For Quarantine, we would like to include a section on how to make spaceships using remaining bits and ends of Mantic kits, as well as odds and ends commonly found at the house or dollar/pound store. Submissions of these, preferably painted if possible, would be hugely appreciated and really help accelerate the Deluxe edition publication timetable significantly.

Finally, thank you all for this opportunity. Ironwatch has been more successful than I could have imagined, and together we’ve seen the amazing changes and new worlds from Mantic and from the imaginations of readers and writers like you. Thank you again, and best of luck wherever your gaming future takes you.

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Ironwatch: Tales of the Stars

Ironwatchtales_cover_right_side_10mb_copy.pngFor over half a decade, Ironwatch has been one of the best sources for stunning battles and intriguing mysteries in the universe of Warpath. Now, for the first time, the collection of Ironwatch short stories is now available in collected form, and within you can find tales of treasonous traps and utter despair, stories of defiant stands and triumphant discoveries, and planet-shattering tales of strife and warfare among the stars.

Learn of Rylor Ings and his secret, follow Enforcers into the Deadzones, cheer for your favorite Dreadball MVP on the pitch, root for humanity standing against the Martians in the Mars Attacks universe, and many more.

Ironwatch is a fan magazine for the Mantic games and settings. Visit our website at ironwatch.wordpress.com, and enjoy these epic tales of heroism and horror in the depths of space!

Whether you’re a new reader or an old veteran, enjoy the Tales of the Stars within, and Welcome to the Watch!

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Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 62

cover.pngIssue 62 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 62 pdf.

Issue 62 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Issue 62 Dropbox Link (Low Quality)

Issue 62 Scribd Link (High Quality)

Due to bandwidth issues, Dropbox files have a lower resolution. They are still perfectly enjoyable online, but those of you printing your issues for home viewing might find the images more pixelated than preferred when printing.

Please submit any comments, criticisms, ideas, or inquiries about how you too can help contribute either here in the comments below, or at the following link to the Mantic Forums “Ironwatch Issue 62 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 62 Feedback Discussion

Ironwatch Issue 62 Hard Copy (Hard copy currently unavailable due to issue with Lulu)


Table of Contents:

The Mantic Calendar          5

Learn what Mantic related events and tournaments are upcoming in your area.

 Iron Forge 9

See the amazing gallery of models from our team of professional-quality painters.

 Mawbeast Madness 15

Ironwatch Games has released a thrilling new monster-racing game !

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Here, you can advertise your local Mantic game group or store for free!

Kings of War, Dungeon Saga, and Dwarf King’s Hold:

A Beginner’s Guide: Narrative for Wargaming, by James Caron         16

 James steps us through how to design the story behind a memorable campaign

Journey to Arrakk, by Dave Johns 22

A human kingdom, living amongst the city of the dead…

 Battle of the Bor Road, Chapter 1, by James Caron 22

Humans and orcs clash, in a deadly bloodbath that will not be over quietly…

 Warscribe, by Jack Dluhy 34

An upcoming wargame campaign tool, Jack teases some of the features and uses you’ll be able to see soon on Kickstarter!

Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

Warpath Campaigns, by Neil Barton         39

Neil’s local gaming group details the start and first battle of their epic campaign!

 Neo-Bot Painting Tutorial, by Jack Bryant   43

Learn how to paint your own robotic Dreadball team quickly and easily!

 

 

Announcing the release of Mawbeast Madness!

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Announcing the second full release for Ironwatch Games, we’re proud to bring you Mawbeast Madness, from the mind of Glenn Allan!

Featuring all the high-adrenaline excitement of racing combined with the temperamental and homicidal Mawbeast nature pitted against the devious cunning of Goblins, Mawbest Madness uses the Dungeon Saga rules as a base to enable you to race your friends and enemies around underground tombs, forgotten lairs, and forsaken ruins! Use hidden passages to zip across shortcuts, pick up items to improve your own odds and impede your opponent, and of course get into good old-fashioned brawls along the way.

Featuring custom cover art from Boris Samec, this short-but-sweet rules supplement is a must-have for those seeking to throw down a checkered flag of challenge at your next tabletop wargame session!

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Happy gaming!

A Brief Update for Issue 62

Hey everyone,

Unfortunately, due to being in the middle of a cross-state move and the computer with the Ironwatch issues, articles, and photos being a seven-and-a-half hour drive away, Issue 62 is going to be delayed. We’ve also only received two articles thus far, so we’re going to be killing two birds with one proverbial stone instead:

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In mid-December, we will instead be completing and releasing the rules for Maw Madness, the third Ironwatch Game publication. This will be a standalone product similar to the Deluxe version of Star-Struck City, and will be available for free in lieu of Issue 62. Ironwatch Issue 62 will instead be releasing on or around the start of January 2018, and we’re aiming to follow that up with Ironwatch: Tales of the Stars and Quarantine: Deluxe Edition before the end of spring.

Again, our apologies for the delay, and thank you for your patience!

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Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 61

cover.pngIssue 61 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 61 pdf.

Issue 61 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Issue 61 Dropbox Link (Low Quality)

Issue 61 Scribd Link (High Quality)

Due to bandwidth issues, Dropbox files have a lower resolution. They are still perfectly enjoyable online, but those of you printing your issues for home viewing might find the images more pixelated than preferred when printing.

Please submit any comments, criticisms, ideas, or inquiries about how you too can help contribute either here in the comments below, or at the following link to the Mantic Forums “Ironwatch Issue 61 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 61 Feedback Discussion

Ironwatch Issue 61 Hard Copy


Table of Contents:

The Mantic Calendar          5

Learn what Mantic related events and tournaments are upcoming in your area.

Iron Forge 11

See the amazing gallery of models from our team of professional-quality painters.

Quarantine 20

Check out the newest release from Ironwatch Games: space fleet battles!

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Here, you can advertise your local Mantic game group or store for free!

Kings of War, Dungeon Saga, and Dwarf King’s Hold:

Custom Multibases, by Andrew Beckett         21

Learn how to make an outstanding multibase for your Kings of War units, and see what kind of cool touches you can use to make your bases pop!

Duty, by David Burt 27

When the lone survivor of a massacre recounts a tale of a demonic attack, a pair of valiant knights venture forth to defend the town

Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

Painting an Asterian Army Quickly, by Jack Bryant         45

This painting tutorial will walk you through a series of quick steps to help your Deadzone units stand out and be tabletop ready in record time!

Magnetizing an Enforcer Interceptor, by Igel Kott 51

Using the power of magnets, this tutorial shows you how to make sure your Enforcer gunships have interchangeable loadouts for easy swapping

Ironwatch: Tales of Fantasy

Ironwatchtales_cover_right_side_SMOL.pngFor over half a decade, Ironwatch has been one of the best sources for amazing stories and legendary epics within the world of Mantica. Now, for the first time, the collection of Ironwatch short stories is now available in collected form, and within you can find tales of deadly battles and cunning revenge, stories of horrifying mysteries and tender reunions, and legendary epics of stalwart heroes and vicious monsters.

Follow Argun as he leads his warband into the haunted caves, hear the lament of the Owl as he leads his unHolded people to forge a new homeland, and see the Order of Maurice as they attempt to make their fortunes against the arcane dangers of the Star-Struck City. There’s also the tale of Hamfist Borin the dwarf and Grubbar the goblin, the lore and legacy of horror of the Abyssal Dwarves, the tantalizing Tales from the Crippled Goose, and many, many more.

Ironwatch is a fan magazine for the Mantic games and settings, and publishes every other month. Visit our website at ironwatch.wordpress.com, and if you’d like to submit content, please feel free to drop us an email with your story, pictures, or other content at ironwatchmagazine@gmail.com.

Whether you’re a new reader or an old veteran, enjoy the Tales of Fantasy within, and Welcome to the Watch!

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EPUB File – Lulu (We’re encountering difficulties editing the price, but this is identical to the epub formats offfered above)

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PDF – Dropbox

Hard copy from Lulu

State of the Watch: 2017-2018

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Now with the release of Issue 60, it’s time for the State of the Watch!


Looking Behind…

It’s kind of crazy to look back and see half a decade of magazines in our wake! Again, we could never have done this without the help of readers like you, so please give yourselves a collective pat on the back.

Repairing the Lulu Print-on-Demand Options: YES

With working on the Ironwatch Annuals, a nice side effect was that in the process the files were sufficiently cleaned up and optimized for printing. While only the first year has been updated, it fixed some of the most egregious printing errors we had seen, and should similarly continue in lockstep with Ironwatch Annual releases.

Speaking of which…

Releasing the Ironwatch Annuals: YES

We’ve released the first Ironwatch Annual: Year One, featuring some of the best content from our first year of publication. While we didn’t manage to get to Year Two yet, we now know the method works, and future Annuals should be a semi-regular occurrence (as they should be!)

Ironwatch Games’ Quarantine: YES

The Basic Rules for Quarantine are out and available for playing, and we’re currently working on getting the interior art and model photographs in line to release a Deluxe edition. While the model photography has been delayed due to unavoidable external complications, we’re excited to have the second Ironwatch Games polished publication coming down the pipeline soon!

Publication Schedule Kept: NO

Unfortunately, our original plan of publication was simply too aggressive, and while we did publish more extra content in the last year than we had in all previous years combined, we still missed the benchmarks we had set:

  • October 2016: Ironwatch Annual, Year 1
    • This was released, but in April 2017, 6 months behind schedule
  • December 2016: Ironwatch: Tales of Fantasy
    • Expect this one by next Friday, as our (awesome!) cover art won’t be ready until early next week
  • February 2017: Quarantine Basic Edition
    • This was the only goal we hit!
  • April 2017: Ironwatch Annual, Year 2
    • Planned release date currently TBD
  • June 2017: Quarantine Deluxe Edition
    • We’re shooting here for around the end of September hopefully!
  • August 2017: Ironwatch Annual, Year 3
    • Planned release date currently TBD

We’ll be going over the updated release schedule below, but suffice to say we’re going to be giving more breather time between projects, and rearranging the publication order for some items.

Ironwatch Tales: NOT YET

It’s so close I can barely wait, but the release of Ironwatch: Tales of Fantasy is just around the corner. We have the finished publication ready and just waiting for the cover art, and it will be available as PDF, EPUB, and of course, as a physical copy you can order at-cost. There is some absolutely fantastic content in here, so I think it will be a treat all-around.


 

Looking Forward…

While we missed around half of our deadlines, the push of published content is an absolutely awesome part we’re really excited about, and looking forward to publishing other content as well.

However, a big change is the first point noted below, so be sure to take a closer look!

Changing Ironwatch Issues to Bi-Monthly

Unfortunately, the rate of reader submissions has fallen below the minimum levels we need to consistently and reliably provide a robust, 60+ page publication each month. As a result, we’re slowing our publication to every other month for our primary issues, so we have more time to receive content and ensure the quality of the magazine doesn’t suffer in any way.

Publication Schedule

This is our revised plan of attack for upcoming items:

  • Ironwatch: Tales of Fantasy
    • This one is almost here, and there will be around 330 pages of fantastic stories to enjoy for free once it’s released!
  • Deluxe edition of Quarantine
    • This is primarily waiting on the interior art and photography, especially the photography, to be completed. We’ve had some unexpected delays in this area, but once that content is done, the Deluxe edition should be dropping relatively shortly thereafter
  • Mawbeast Madness basic rules release
    • This is an awesome racing game set in and using the base Dungeon Saga rules, and we’re going to be releasing it as our next Ironwatch Game. Depending on circumstances, this might be released as a Deluxe version immediately
  • Ironwatch: Tales of the Stars
    • If you thought 330 pages of fantasy was awesome, get ready for 435 pages of awesome scifi content coming hot on its heels
  • Tetra Firma basic rules release
    • A fantastic and complete Kings of War revamp from Christopher Binetti, these army lists and rules help rewrite how you can play the game, and have a robust alternative lore to go along with them as well
  • Annual Year Two
    • Second verse, same as the first. As mentioned above, this will also have the carry-over effect of updating any issues with the print copies of Issues 13-24 as well

Note the lack of hard deadlines! The goal is to complete each item above in 2-3 months, but with the delays we encountered last year, those windows might be subject to significant changes!

Improve Reader Submission Rate

I’d absolutely love for the change to slower Ironwatch Issue releases to be a temporary one, and to that end we want to get the IW word out there! We’re going to push to try and expand our viewership, and in doing so ideally increase the rate and quantity of our submissions for issues.

Fix the Cafepress Shop

For reasons unknown to us, the shop has evaporated! Clearly this is non-optimal, so we’re going to see about reinstating the shop, as well as exploring other options (like Redbubble) for putting the logo and pictures out there for shirts and mugs and such.


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Not much else to say, but here’s to another five years! Thanks for reading, and Welcome to the Watch!

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Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 60

cover_low.pngIssue 60 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 60 pdf.

Issue 60 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Issue 60 Dropbox Link (Low Quality)

Note: The Dropbox links underwent a change on the 15th of March. This shouldn’t affect the Ironwatch links, but please let us know if you encounter any broken links!

Issue 60 Scribd Link (High Quality)

Due to bandwidth issues, Dropbox files have a lower resolution. They are still perfectly enjoyable online, but those of you printing your issues for home viewing might find the images more pixelated than preferred when printing.

Please submit any comments, criticisms, ideas, or inquiries about how you too can help contribute either here in the comments below, or at the following link to the Mantic Forums “Ironwatch Issue 60 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 60 Feedback Discussion

Ironwatch Issue 60 Hard Copy (They’re back!)


Table of Contents:

The Mantic Calendar          5

Learn what Mantic related events and tournaments are upcoming in your area.

Iron Forge 9

See the amazing gallery of models from our team of professional-quality painters.

Quarantine 13

Check out the newest release from Ironwatch Games: space fleet battles!

Advertisements 36

Here, you can advertise your local Mantic game group or store for free!

Kings of War, Dungeon Saga, and Dwarf King’s Hold:

The Justice of the Green Court, by Ben Stoddard    14

The Green lady has caught a trespasser: a woodsman, in her sacred forest

The Elven Ice Kindred, by Chamonski 23

A fan army list, this army features the frostbitten Elves from the northlands of Mantica for you to field in on the battlegrounds

The Hunters in the Snow, by Donn Turner 29

A tale is told, of a bloodthirsty Jarl, a cunning and hungry white wolf, and the will  of the god Korgaan