A brief update

Hey everyone,

As I will be out of town for the next week and a half, the release of Issue 50 will not be until on or about October 6th/7th. I apologize for the delay, and thank you for your understanding as I work to get that issue replaced.

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Some of you may have noticed that the print version of Star-Struck City is unfortunately not available at the moment; Mantic has kindly contacted us regarding offering a purchaseable version, and due to legality issues we cannot offer the current print version without getting into trouble. As a result, we are taking it down for the time being, and amending the existing free download copies with a legal boilerplate that helps protect Mantic’s trademarks in Kings of War, and credits Alessio properly for creating such a great game in the first place!

However, the print version is not gone for good: I’m currently speaking with Matt Gilbert at Mantic, and working to make sure the cost of the print version would allow us to pay royalties in the proper fashion under a Mantic license! Ideally, this will become a reality in the very near future, and we can once again offer a print version for your personal use!

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One other aspect I am going to try and implement here following the release of Issue 50, is the development of an Ironwatch Team, communicating through Slack. Numerous people have contacted me over the years indicating an eagerness to help edit and proofread Ironwatch issues, but unfortunately this level of communication and back-and-forth iteration isn’t ideal on forums or email.

To work towards this, I am going to be opening a Slack channel, communicating with anyone interested in helping regarding submitted content, upcoming issue iterations, questions and formatting, Ironwatch Games development, and anything else we need. While I will try to make sure I reach out to anyone who expressed interest in helping before, if you’re interested, please contact us at ironwatchmagazine@gmail.com and let us know!

Thanks for tuning in, and Welcome to the Watch!

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Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 49

cover.pngIssue 49 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 49 pdf.

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Please note that due to Google’s image compression, the colors may look off on Google Docs, although we believe that issue has been corrected.

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 49 Feedback” discussion:

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Order a hard copy of Issue 49


Table of Contents:

Iron Forge  6

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

The Mantic Calendar 12

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

 Advertisements 88

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 2: Friends of Necessity, by Ben Stoddard         14

Upon landing in the cursed Star-Struck City, our kidnapped thief soon finds why so few make it out alive with the riches of the city

 Road to the Rumble part 3, by David Reid 22

This time, David walks us through how to tweak and refine the tone of your tournaments, to make sure your players are having fun

The Brotherhood of Darkness, by Donn Turner 26

Seeking shelter from a storm, a disgraced knight meets a stranger, who speaks of his accomplishments and the glory he is destined for

 A Free Dwarf, A Sea Kindred, And A Sylvan Kindred Enter A Bar, by “Dorf_Pally_Dan” 36

A dwarf soon finds himself in trouble after his Elven treasures are noticed by the tavern’s Elven patrons

 Questonomics, by Dennis Browning-Saunders 42

While working on his current contract, a necromancer teaches his assistant about the fine points of heroes and their resulting gold economy

 The Inquisition, Part 1, by Donn Turner and Alex Younger 48

A secretive Basilean organization, this article lays out the history of the hidden investigators and warriors, and how to use them in KoW games

Queensland Northern Knights presents Kings of War: Apocalypse, by Ken—”dunsforddownunder”        69

These Australian players break the record for the largest game of Kings of War ever played, with a total size of one hundred thousand points!

Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

Deadzone: The Cleansing, Part 5, by Matthew Lindsay       77

The Enforcers plan their attack, as they prepare to enter into a Deadzone swarming with Plague in order to retrieve vital recordings within

 

Star-Struck City Errata

This list is a collection of all changes and edits to the Star-Struck City rules. Please contact us if there are any issues you’ve found which are not listed here:

(Updated 8/15/16)

  • General: Low Resolution copies have issues with font embedding for titles due to concatenating software used, and will be edited and re-uploaded.
  • Fury Special Rule: The rule listing in the Special Rules section is incorrect. Please use the following rule in its place:
    • Fury: While Stunned, enemies attacking this model in Melee get no bonus to hit, rather than the normal +1 to hit.
  • The Statline for Deeplings in Scenario 10 have been omitted. Please use the following statline in its place:
    • Deepling – Infantry
      Unit Size..Sp..Me..Ra..De..Att..To…Gp      
      Unit (1)…..6….3+…-…4+….1….5/6..N/A
      Special: Crushing Strength (1)

State of the Watch: 2016-2017

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We’ve just released Issue 48, and now is a perfect time to go over our goals for this last year, as well as what directions we’re hoping to move towards in the next year!


Looking Behind…

This last year has been momentous, with the release of the Ironwatch Games brand and the Star-Struck City. We’ve also continued to have strong viewership, although there are a few areas we didn’t accomplish as much as we had projected.

Releasing the Ironwatch Annuals: NOT YET

We’re currently banging through the Annual Year One, but a large chunk of it will need to be remade given issues with the Lulu print options (in more detail below). However, we’re changing how we’re going to be making the Annuals: previously we were copying and pasting the individual pages from the older issues, but this had a boatload of formatting issues that needed to be fixed with virtually every page of every article.

Moving forward, we’re going to be using pages from the given issue, converted to high-quality image files and inserted into the annual. This does mean we’re going to be fixing issues with the Print-on-Demand options for each of the issues in an Annual, as well as fixing typos and corrections, but overall it should be a vastly faster process now that we’ve identified a streamlined process for arranging the Annuals.

Repairing the Lulu Print-on-Demand Options: NOT YET

This issue was more difficult than predicted, but tackling and overcoming similar issues with our release of the Star-Struck City Deluxe Edition has illuminated the issue: when the PDF is rendered as a commercial press file, it converts the color style from RGB to CMYK. In the process, the CMYK conversion very, very badly affects pictures with transparencies. Unfortunately, a great deal of our newer issues have transparencies in sidebar and background images, which is why the older issues have typically looked fine but the newer ones have looked off.

The fix will be a fairly easy one, but as indicated above, it’s a fix we’ll need to make for all of the issues in an Annual before we can add the page images to the Annual in question.

Recurring Article Writers: YES

We’ve had a couple writers with recurring articles, such as Matthew Lindsay with Deadzone: The Cleansing, terrain tutorials by Peter “Tek Thornisson”, Road to the Rumble by David Reid, terrain tutorials by Rob Phaneuf, and much more.

However, this doesn’t mean we don’t want more! Let us know at ironwatchmagazine@gmail.com if you’re interested in writing some articles for us.

Ironwatch Newsletter: YES

We’ve been releasing this Newsletter to let folks know about the new release of each Ironwatch Issue, as well as the release of the Star-Struck City Deluxe rules. If you’re interested, you can subscribe to the newsletter here.

Ironwatch Games: YES

With the help of fans for playtesting, ideas, stories, and content we’re excited to reveal over the next few Issues, The Star-Struck City has been a huge success. Readers like you have helped make this publication an outstanding ruleset, and with the help of interior art by Boris Samec, we think the rules are definitely worthy of a place on your gamebook shelf!

We’ll be continuing to work on expansions and additional content for The Star-Struck City, as well as our next game in the docket. See more on that below!


Looking Forward…

While this last year didn’t make as much forward progress as we’d hoped in some areas, this coming year should be packed to the brim with content releases and long-awaited publications!

Repairing the Lulu Print-on-Demand Options

Now that The Star-Struck City has been released, we can refocus our efforts on correcting issues with these files; this will have the simultaneous effect of both correcting the print-on-demand options, as well as helping make sure the creation of the Annuals is as smooth and quick as possible.

Releasing the Ironwatch Annuals

Now that we’ve identified a drastically-faster method for assembling Annuals, this should be a process that will be fast enough that we will be able to complete multiple Annuals, and fill this long-standing gap in our catalog.

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While we’ll also be working on expansions for The Star-Struck City, another game we’re aiming to polish up and get ready for release will be Quarantine: the starship battle game by Mike Tittensor, and based off of Mantic’s Deadzone.

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Publication Schedule

While those of you following along in the Ironwatch Magazine subreddit may have seen this already, we’d like to list a publication schedule for all of the other content we’ve got planned. This will help both give us a solid window for milestones, as well as help you readers know what’s coming up next!

  • October 2016: Ironwatch Annual, Year 1
  • December 2016: Ironwatch Tales: Kings of War
  • February 2017: Quarantine Basic Edition
  • April 2017: Ironwatch Annual, Year 2
  • June 2017: Quarantine Deluxe Edition
  • August 2017: Ironwatch Annual, Year 3

While these don’t have solid dates yet, we’re also including these as planned publications for 2017:

  • Ironwatch Tales: Warpath
  • Ironwatch Annual, Year 4
  • Heroes of Mantica RPG

We’ll also be working on expansions for The Star-Struck City, although these have no set release date expected. And lastly, we’ll be publishing the Ironwatch Magazine as normal during this time.

Wait, what’s that you say? “Ironwatch Tales?”

Releasing the Ironwatch Tales

One of the consistently biggest requests we’ve had is for a compilation of all of our fiction stories published over the last four years, both for Kings of War as well as for Warpath and Dreadball. Starting later this year, we’re going to work on and release the first of these, so you have a more portable version of Ironwatch’s fiction offerings.

One thing of note is that while the Kings of War and Dungeon Saga/Dwarf King’s Hold stories tend to have similar subjects and themes, the subjects can vary greatly for Dreadball as opposed to Warpath and Deadzone. Please let us know if you’d like the scifi stories to all be together, or separated into different books,  in this poll!


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Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 48

Issue48_printcover.pngCelebrating four years!

Issue 48 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure.

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 48 pdf.

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Please note that due to Google’s image compression, the colors may look off on Google Docs, although we believe that issue has been corrected.

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 48 Feedback” discussion:

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Order a hard copy of Issue 48


Table of Contents:

Iron Forge  5

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

The Mantic Calendar 9

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

Advertisements 71

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:

Dungeon Saga: Hordin’s Last Call, by Glenn Allan            11

These scenarios follow the bartender of the Adventurer’s Rest tavern, as he and some associates attend to some unfinished business

The order of Maurice Episode 1: Just Desserts, by Ben Stoddard 23

A convicted thief and vagabond fins himself in some new company

Road to the Rumble part 2, by David Reid 30

This issue, David talks us through logistics planning for tournament events, transportation, and volunteer coordination

Kings of War: The Might of Old, by Vane Dolenc 46

Adding four new armies to this ongoing set of supplements, Vane provides new units, artifacts, and spells to use with even more armies

Dungeon Saga: Engineer, by Brad P. 39

Brad has kindly provided rules for an all-new Dungeon Saga hero class

 Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

 Deadzone: The Cleansing, Part Four, by Matthew Lindsay   42

While Rylor Ing prepares to return to the Deadzone, his new commanders have some troubling details to discuss for the mission

 

 

The Star-Struck City, Deluxe Edition

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At long last, the moment you’ve been waiting for!

We’re excited to bring you the deluxe edition of The Star-Struck City. Featuring fantastic artwork from Boris Samec, custom miniatures and terrain images throughout the work, and rule tweaks to help further improve your campaign experiences, and much more. We’ve also worked to make sure the at-cost print edition from Lulu is as polished as possible, so if you’re looking for a hard copy for your gaming table we’ve got you covered!

The Star-Struck City sets players in the sunken ruins of Perditus, formerly known as Casa-Omnicidi. Once, it was a Primavantor city of incredible wealth recently risen from the seabed. Treasure and danger alike await your warbands, as they travel through the waterlogged city in search of the shards of the meteor that struck down the once-mighty port city and drove it beneath the waves.

Star-Struck City is a skirmish game, designed around playing with small warbands of 5-15 models on a 4′ x 4′ table loaded with terrain. Warband members advance, gaining new skills, equipment, and injuries as they survive the rigors of battle in this deadly locale. Climb up buildings and run between rooftops, leap down to ambush enemies from above, hire war machines and epic heroes from the Kings of War armies, and build your warband’s reputation as the fiercest and toughest fighters in all of Mantica.

The rules are based heavily on Kings of War, so players of the full-size wargame should feel right at home. It’s heavily inspired by other skirmish games such as Mordheim, but with the ease-of-play the Kings of War rules provide so gameplay is quick and decisive.

As the surviving veterans of The Star-Struck City have said: Perditus now only offers riches or death. What will you find?

Hardcopy of rulebook on Lulu

9/17/16 edit: Due to a legal request from Mantic, we unfortunately can’t offer a version of Star-Struck City for sale. For the moment, the free digital copy should still be ok!

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8/11/16 Edit: Unfortunately, due to issues with the font embedding in the low-resolution files, the Low Resolution options have “squished” font titles. While we work on fixing this issue, we strongly recommend accessing one of the high-resolution options instead!

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Happy gaming!

Changelog from the v1.1 Basic Rules to this v2.0 release is under the cut:

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Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 47

cover.pngIssue 47 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure!

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 47 pdf.

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Issue 47 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Please note that due to Google’s image compression, the colors may look off on Google Docs, although we believe that issue has been corrected.

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 47 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 47 Feedback Discussion

Order a hard copy of Issue 47


 

Table of Contents:

Iron Forge  5

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.

 Advertisements 71

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:

Hope, by Chris Davis 22

Slaves for the Abyssal Dwarves learn that the obsidian orbs they bear do not carry the salvation they hoped for

 Road to the Rumble, Part 1, by David Reid 25

David kicks off the first article in a series about how to host large tournaments

 Campaigns of War, by Olaf Bressel 29

Olaf provides us with an intricate set of campaign rules for battling over Mantica in Kings of War

Unboxing Dungeon Saga: The Infernal Crypts, by Guillaume Bertin 46

Guillaume gives us his thoughts on the Abyssal Dungeon Saga expansion

 A Shadow over Wessenland, by Joe Murphy 51

Wessenland and her king are caught in a struggle between innovation and progress, opposed against old traditions and the Varangur ways

 Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

 Deadzone: The Cleansing, Part Twhree, by Matthew Lindsay 57

Rylor Ing is training, striving to work and ready himself for the fight he’s not sure he will ever be prepared for.

Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 46

cover_smol.pngIssue 46 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure!

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 46 pdf.

Issue 46 Dropbox Link (Low Quality)

Issue 46 Scribd Link (High Quality)

Issue 46 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Please note that due to Google’s image compression, the colors may look off on Google Docs, although we believe that issue has been corrected.

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 46 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 46 Feedback Discussion

Order a hard copy of Issue 46


 

Table of Contents:

Iron Forge  6

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

The Mantic Calendar 15

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

 Advertisements 71

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 Dwarf Golem, by Peter—”Tek Thornisson”            17

Peter shows us how he made a custom Dwarven golem from scratch to serve as a Greater Earth Elemental in his forces

 Painting the Wraiths and Elshara, the Banshee, by Guillaume Bertin 37

Guillaume shows us exactly how he carefully painted his eerie Undead from Dungeon Saga in this tutorial

 Charlie Foxtrot Wound Marker Review, by George Adsett-Knutsen 45

George runs us through his thoughts on CF’s MDF wound markers for KoW

Kings of War Damage Counters, by “Spruce” 47

Spruce shows us how to make KoW damage markers from old Clix dials

The Might of Old, Force Addendums for Kings of War, by Vane Dolenc 49

Vane provides both updates to his old Addendum lists, as well as brand new ones for both Dwarves and Ratkin

Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

Deadzone: The Cleansing, Part Two, by Matthew Lindsay   54

Rylor Ing must muster all of his remaining strength to avoid telling the Enforcers of the most disturbing secrets of his mission to the Deadzone

Ironwatch Magazine, Issue 45

cover.pngIssue 45 of the Ironwatch magazine is now available for your reading pleasure!

Please select any of the below links to view the Ironwatch Issue 45 pdf.

Issue 45 Dropbox Link (Low Quality)

Issue 45 Scribd Link (High Quality)

Issue 45 Google Docs Link (High Quality)

Please note that due to Google’s image compression, the colors may look off on Google Docs, although we believe that issue has been corrected.

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 45 Feedback” discussion:

Ironwatch Issue 45 Feedback Discussion (Mantic forums are currently offline)

Order a hard copy of Issue 45


 

Table of Contents:

Iron Forge  6

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

The Mantic Calendar 23

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

Blank Warband Template, by “Lach” 74

A blank template to help track you warband’s info in The Star-Struck City

Advertisements 75

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:

Return to Adepticon: My year as champion, by Kara Brown 25

2015 Clash of Kings winner Kara tells us about the epic battles she fought during the latest Clash of Kings tournament at Adepticon

Assassination, by “Lach” 33

Orcs, dwarves, and salamanders struggle  in a three-way fight for The Star-Struck City in this batrep

How-To Terrain: Obstacles, by Rob Phaneuf 46

This installment Rob shows us how to make a variety of excellent Obstacles

Pilgrimage, by Chris Davis 60

The dawi zharr all pay homage to the god trapped within their sacred city walls

Warpath, Project Pandora, Dreadball, and Deadzone:

Deadzone artpiece, by Matthew Adlard 64

 Deadzone: The Cleansing, by Matthew Lindsay 65

Rylor Ing finds himself at the mercy of the Enforcers and their questions, interrogated by his former comrades

V1.1 Update for The Star-Struck City

Cool-Text-166280279351737We’ve had an absolutely smashing response from readers in their enthusiasm for The Star-Struck City’s initial announcement, and there has been some outstanding feedback on balance and layout topics for the Basic Ruleset.

With that in mind, we’ve updated the Basic Rules, now v1.1, to take into account those changes. A full changelog is listed below, but for those of you looking to dive right in, here’s the polished ruleset:

The Star-Struck City – Basic Rules (v1.1)

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