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!

EPUB file – Google Drive

EPUB file – Dropbox

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

PDF – Google Drive

PDF – Scribd

PDF – Dropbox

Hard copy from Lulu

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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

 

 

Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 59

cover.pngIssue 59 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 59 pdf.

Issue 59 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Issue 59 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 59 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 59 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 59 Feedback Discussion

Ironwatch Issue 59 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 7

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

Quarantine 14

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

Building a Community, by Ben Stoddard 39

Learn how to build your own gaming community, right in your own town

Advertisements 68

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

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

The Order of Maurice, Episode 11, by Ben Stoddard         15

The thrilling conclusion, our wayward thief is at the end of his journey

Damon, by Chris Davis 29

A foul new monstrosity strides across the soil of Mantica

Eternal, by Donn Turner 32

The Empire of Dust leader Aseta rises from her tomb, and with her rises the might of this long-dead civilization

Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

Assembling the Forge Father Tanks, by Spencer E.           51

Learn how to put together all of the outstanding Forfefather armored vehicles, including their variants, in this fantastic tutorial

 

 

Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 58

coverIssue 58 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 58 pdf.

Issue 58 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Issue 58 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 58 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 58 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 58 Feedback Discussion

Ironwatch Issue 58 Hard Copy (They’re back!)


Table of Contents:

The Mantic Calendar          5

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

Mantic Q&A Mailbag 7

The Mailbag has returned! Come see Mantic’s official responses to all of your burning questions you need answered!

Quarantine 9

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

Advertisements 78

Our section where you can advertise your local Mantic game group or store for free!

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

The Order of Maurice, Episode 10, by Ben Stoddard         10

The demon knows a secret about Morticus that shakes the captain to his core

The Might of Old: Part Three, by Vane Dolenc 16

The final installment, Vane has some amazing new Units, magic items, and spells for you to try out in Kings of War

Portal by Peter—”Tek Thornisson” 21

Peter shows us how to make a stunning diorama using a smartphone to create a swirling magical gateway

Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

Ultraviolet Part 2, by Sebastian Pietrzak      63

The Corporation attempts to outwit the cunning Veer-myn, and use their instincts against them.

Survival of the Fastest, courtesy of Mantic Games 73

Mantic has kindly given us a chance to show off the rules they used at their most recent Mantic Open Day for their jetbike racing game

 

Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 57

cover.pngIssue 57 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 57 pdf.

Issue 57 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Issue 57 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 57 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 57 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 57 Feedback Discussion

Ironwatch Issue 57 Hard Copy (They’re back!)


Table of Contents:

Iron Forge  6

See the amazing array of top tier paintjobs from our team of professional-quality painters.

The Mantic Calendar 20

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

Mantic Q&A Mailbag 24

The Mailbag has returned! Come see Mantic’s official responses to all of your burning questions you need answered!

Quarantine 27

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

Advertisements 91

Our section where you can advertise your local Mantic game group or store for free!

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

The Order of Maurice, Episode 9, by Ben Stoddard    28

A crucial decision comes as our hero must make a choice on who to trust

The Might of Old: Part Two, by Vane Dolenc 35

A collection and update from his previous articles, Vane has some amazing new Units, magic items, and spells for you to try out in Kings of War

The Wild Wood, by Donn Turner 40

Something is lurking in the woods, and it is more dangerous than a mere Elf

Obsidian Golems by Peter—”Tek Thornisson” 49

Peter shows us how to paint some awesome Obsidian Golems, and make a simple and serviceable movement tray

Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

Ultraviolet Part 1 by Sebastian Pietrzak      72

A lone Veer-myn scout sees the unseen beauty of the battlefield as he scurries to complete his mission

Tutorial: Shipping Container, by Søren Emil Rosenhøj Bay 81

Søren shows us how to make this simple but effective piece of terrain

 

Ironwatch Annual, Year One

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We are pleased to announce the release of our first Ironwatch Annual, for Year One of the free Mantic Fanzine!

Started back in August of 2012, Ironwatch’s first year contained a variety of awesome content, and we’ve selected some of the cream of the crop for your reading enjoyment. Relive the exciting moments of Lazarus or the opening installment of Breach, learn about how to paint eyes on elves and craft your own Dwarven special weapons squad (complete with gore!), follow the adventures of the Weedy Elves and the excitement of the first Dreadball matches with A Word from Our Sponsors.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Annual Year One pdf.

Annual Year One Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Annual Year One 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!

Annual Year One 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 Annual Year One Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Annual Year One Feedback Discussion

Ironwatch Annual Year One Hard Copy (They’re back!)

Due to the large size of the Table of Contents, it’s below the cut:

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Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 56

cover.pngIssue 56 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 56 pdf.

Issue 56 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Issue 56 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 56 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 56 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 56 Feedback Discussion

Ironwatch Issue 56 Hard Copy (They’re back!)


Table of Contents:

Iron Forge  6

See the amazing array of top tier paintjobs from our team of professional-quality painters.

The Mantic Calendar 18

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

Quarantine 23

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

Unboxing The Walking Dead, by “D&E Miniatures and Board Games” and Donn Turner 24

Check out these preview pictures of the contents of a brand-new The Walking Dead: All-Out War game

Advertisements 91

Our section where you can advertise your local Mantic game group or store for free!

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

The Order of Maurice, Episode 8, by Ben Stoddard    27

Our pressganged protagonist has been captured and tortured by a foul sorceress for all he knows

The Ironleaf Kin, by Judanas—”Ikiry0” 34

Judanas has an awesome Star-Struck City warband and Kings of War army for you to try

The Might of Old: Part One, by Vane Dolenc 45

A collection and update from his previous articles, Vane has some amazing new Units, magic items, and spells for you to try out in Kings of War

The Skull Crypt, by Peter—”Tek Thornisson” 50

Peter’s got a great walkthrough tutorial showing how to make your own Undead-themed terrain with a few leftover decorations

Guardians of the Sea, by Donn Turner         72

A brash young Elf seeks to join the illustrious Sea Guard, but first he must prove himself to his potential commander  

Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

Ultrasonic Part 2, by Sebastian Pietrzak      81

The Veer-Myn have pressed the offensive, and even the tactical expertise of an Enforcer may not be enough to save them from the horde

 

Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 55

cover.pngIssue 55 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 55 pdf.

Issue 55 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Issue 55 Dropbox Link (Low Quality)

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

Issue 55 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 55 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 55 Feedback Discussion

Our print copies are temporarily unavailable as we work on finishing up licensing for print-on-demand products


Table of Contents:

Iron Forge  5

See the amazing array of top tier paintjobs from our team of professional-quality painters.

The Mantic Calendar 13

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

 Quarantine 16

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

 The Walking Dead: All-Out War Showcase, by Andrew Schaffert 17

Andrew shows us his beautiful Walking Dead miniatures and custom terrain

 Advertisements 87

Our section where you can advertise your local Mantic game group or store for free!

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

The Battle of Crowburg Grove, by “BAE”          24

Chikauq readies himself for battle against the foul greenskin armies

Clash of Kings Australia: Best Painted Army, by Ben Rantall 33

Come see Ben’s Abyssal Dwarf force, one of the best-painted Mantic armies in the world. Don’t  forget to check out his costume!

 At What Price, by Donn Turner 39

Two Inquisitors share a tale of their past, amongst the ruins of the cursed city

Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

Ultrasonic Part 1, by Sebastian Pietrzak      48

 A squad of GCPS marines ventures to flush out a Veer-myn infestation

 Exham IV: Ironbreaker, by “redemption”         57

A desperate GCPS force attempt to hold off the howling hordes of plagued locals attempting to flee off-planet

Quarantine

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We’re proud to bring you the second Ironwatch Game: Quarantine!

Set on the fringes of civilized space, Deadzone and Warpath are games of futuristic battles fought among the ruins of human colonies against a variety of alien threats. Quarantine represents the actions of the spaceships orbiting above the shrouded worlds.

Quarantine is played with model ships on a battlefield that is represented by a gaming mat. As a player you will take command of a squadron of vessels manned by the elite of human and alien spacefarers. Each turn you decide which of your models to move and what they will do, advancing through space and shooting at your enemies.

This is game is based off of Deadzone, and focuses on the Containment Protocol operations in space. It is designed as a set of simple to play space combat rules based around the Mantic system and should therefore be easy for Deadzone players to learn and add seamlessly into their games. The original concept was to add an insertion scenario at the start of a Warpath or Deadzone campaign and end it with a daring escape from the planet, whether the team plays heroic Rebs, steely-eyed Marauders, profit hungry Forge Fathers or even the malevolent Plague leaders intent on spreading the Contagion beyond the worlds they had already infected. Naturally the Enforcers will try to protect the rest of mankind from the risk of the Plague, even if they have to kill a significant number of people to do so.

What we’re posting now is the basic rules; Behind the scenes, we’re working on a “deluxe”/full version complete with stories from Ironwatch issues, pictures, and art from artist Boris Samec. The deluxe version will also be available for free, and we’ll be putting up the deluxe version for printing off of Lulu at-cost if you would like a hard copy as well.

Can you man the helm and survive the enemies you’ll face in the unfeeling void?

Quarantine – Basic Rules, v1.0 as of 2/3/2017