Mantic Games: Warpath und Deadzone
Mantic Games haben einen Ausblick auf Entwicklungen bei Warpath und Deadzone veröffentlicht.
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Hope you’ve all been enjoying the 12 Days of Christmas blogs so far. As we thunder into 2019, we’ve still got a few more blogs planned over the next few days. Today we’ve got something for all our sci-fi fans, as we’re looking at what’s coming up for Warpath/Firefight.
Firstly though, we’ll be starting work on an updated FAQ/errata for both Warpath and Firefight. The aim of this will be to clear up any community questions and also address any balancing issues that have cropped up since Warpath’s retail release in 2017. We’ll also be covering the game more on the blog and on our upcoming weekly live streams throughout the year too – so stay tuned for that.
PLAGUE ARMY LAUNCH
2019 will see the launch of the Plague army sets for Warpath/Firefight. The Plague is the scourge of humanity – able to bring entire planets to their knees. This terrifying, mysterious disease infects its host, changing it into a bloodthirsty beast. Some are turned into horrific mutants, while others become warped versions of their former self. They still have some semblance of their former intelligence, which drives them to achieve one purpose: leave the host planet and infect more unwitting victims.
Seeing a Plague army up close is an awful sight to behold. From the towering Stage 1As, to the mindless zombies, a Plague force will overwhelm its enemy with sheer numbers. They’re also able to use some GCPS tech, although it too is warped by the Plague’s terrible influence. As a result, the howling hordes of infantry are often accompanied by Hornets and Mules that are adorned in the twisted ‘decorations’ of the Plague.
The Plague Mega Force and Starter Forces will be released in March. Then in April we’ll be releasing the Reserve Force and the separate vehicles. This brings the total number of factions available in Warpath/Firefight to six (Asterians, Enforcers, Forge Fathers, GCPS, Plague and Veer-myn).
NAMELESS FIREFIGHT FACTION
However, that’s not the only exciting news we’ve got to share for Firefight fans. Today, we’re releasing an alpha army list for the Nameless! Introduced as a Deadzone faction in the Outbreak supplement before taking a starring role in the Battle for Starfall campaign, the Nameless are now making their way into Firefight d– thanks to the hard work of the Warpath/Firefight Rules Committee.
Previously thought to be a benign and peaceful race by the GCPS, many are starting to change their minds about the intentions of the so-called Nameless. Occasional raids on outposts and lone starships were written off as pirate activity, however it is now becoming increasingly clear that the seemingly gentle Nameless have hostile intentions.
Through makeshift translation, information has emerged detailing that back on the Nameless homeworlds a religious rift is splitting the species apart. The vast majority of the Nameless live as members of the sects that dominate their worlds. Historically, the Federation of these groups has largely seen humanity and the rise of the GCPS with total indifference… but that has begun to change.
A particularly vicious group – known as the Ul-Ug’urub – has come to the conclusion that the GCPS is vulnerable and ripe for conquest. To the Ul-Ug, the GCPS is like the near-dead mass of a stellar whale. It is a floating feast, one that struggles feebly against the galactic tide, knowing that it will, eventually, inevitably, succumb to a circling predator. Many are already nibbling at its corpse. There is blood in the water, according to the Ul-Ug, and they have begun a movement to devour it.
This campaign to destroy the GCPS began after the Ul-Ug arrived on Starfall. Although they didn’t succeed in taking over the planet, their successes were enough to inspire other sects to join their cause. With their numbers swelling, the Ul-Ug are able to deploy a larger force. Lumbering Bathomites march alongside the skittering Scuttlers, while the awesome Goliath swats enemies with its mighty tentacles. Can anything stop the Nameless advance?
You can download the alpha list here. The RC is interested in hearing feedback from the Warpath community, so make sure you join the Firefight Fanatics group on Facebook. Now’s the perfect time to start your Nameless force too. Use the code NEWYEARNEWARMY on the Mantic website to get 20% off the Faction Starter and Minion Booster. Also, if you’ve never tried Firefight, you can download the rules for FREE here.
- Die Plague bekommen im Frühjahr Armeesets und infizierte GCPS-Fahrzeuge
- Die Nameless bekommen eine Armeeliste für Firefight, außerdem wurde mehr zu ihrem Hintergrund bekannt
Weiter geht es mit News zu Deadzone:
Looking back at 2018 it was a fantastic year for Deadzone. Let’s just cast our collectives minds back to the wonderful events that took place *screen goes all wobbly, sound of a clock ticking*
- The main event was the Outbreak supplement. This wonderful piece of work updated all the existing faction lists and added two brand new factions: Mazon Labs and Nameless
- Talking of Nameless, we released an awesome new faction starter, alongside some big models like the resin Bathomite and mighty Goliath
- All this culminated in the summer campaign. Across the course of six weeks, players around the world battled for the fate of Starfall and the future of the Nameless. Although the Nameless didn’t win, their expansionist tendencies have increased and it’s likely they’ll be seen a lot more in GCPS space. In fact, yesterday we released an alpha list to use the Nameless in Firefight
The reaction from the Deadzone community to all of the above was fantastic. In fact, the summer campaign was the biggest we’ve ever run, and we had more than 1,500 games reported over the course of the event, which is great.
What’s more, Outbreak was so popular that it’s now sold out! We won’t be doing a second print run (and you’ll see why in a moment) but if you still want to get hold of one, they’re available in some game stores and the digital edition is now on Mantic Digital. The fact it’s sold out is a great sign of how active the Deadzone community is, and that’s given us the confidence to have more Deadzone-specific releases in 2019. So, let’s take a sneak peek at a few upcoming releases in 2019…
COMMAND PROTOCOLS: ESCALATION
Thanks to the roaring success of Command Protocols:Outbreak, the supplement will now become an annual release. A little like Clash of Kings, Command Protocols will include any errata/new units for the existing factions, along with new ways to play, Elite lists and potentially new factions.
In Escalation the main focus will be on getting all those mercenaries combat ready! The RC and playtesters are currently busy pushing the mercs to their limit and ensuring they’re more balanced, so hopefully we’ll see them popping up in more games. What’s more, a whole new selection of mercs from Star Saga will be added to the roster. Now you’ll be able to add Erika Dulinsky, Curby and more to your Deadzone factions. Exciting stuff!
However, that’s only the tip of the iceberg because Escalation will include multimat scenarios, new units, rules for using interactive scenery and more! Just like Outbreak, it’ll be due out in the summer so stay tuned for more details. It will also include all the faction lists again, so if you’ve missed out on Outbreak, don’t worry! Escalation will have all the stats and any errata required.
INCOMING INTEL DECK
Along with Escalation, another exciting addition to the Deadzone range is the Incoming Intel Deck. Imagine for a moment that your elite strike team of soldiers is out in the field trying to secure various objectives. However, out in the chaos of the battlefield, plans can often change on the fly. One minute you’re trying to take out the enemy leader, the next you need to capture a particular point on the battlefield.
Well, imagine no more Deadzone fans, because the Incoming Intel Deck will recreate those exciting scenarios. This entirely optional deck of cards generates new objectives throughout the mission and you’ll score extra VPs if you manage to complete them. And as you complete more objectives, you’ll be able to draw new cards from the deck to earn extra VPs. Don’t worry if you can complete a mission either because there’s the opportunity to trade in cards for an all-important re-roll. What’s more, some cards will trigger special events – these could be a race to reach a certain location, or a bonus for particular units.
(Bild zeigt das Warpath-Missionsdeck)
The Incoming Intel Deck will be available alongside Escalation in the summer. More details to follow soon!
Of course, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have some sweet new miniatures to accompany the supplement and card deck. This means in July we’ll have a few brand-new miniatures, alongside a re-release of a couple of old classics.
Leading the charge for the re-releases is the infamous Stuntbot. Out of print for years, the Stuntbot will be making a glorious return in resin for 2019. Even better it’s going to have alternate arms, so you can build a melee-heavy or ranged-heavy version. And don’t worry all you Stuntbot owners out there because you’ll be able to buy the arms separately from the website.
To celebrate the re-release of the Stuntbot, we’ll be releasing an awesome new mini Stuntbot, in the form of ‘Bolts’ – a new Leader for the Marauder faction. You can see an early render below.
Bolts isn’t the only new release because the Nameless will be getting access to an extra couple of units, including the Feromite. Think of it like a mini Ogre.
There will be some other surprises in Containment Protocols: Escalation too, which we’ll be revealing closer to release. However, all this should give you a taste of what’s coming up in 2019. Deadzone is going from strength to strength and the future looks extremely bright.
- Für Deadzone wird es künftig jährliche Ergänzungsbücher im Stil von Clash of Kings geben, jeweils mit neuen Einheiten, Errata und anderen neuen Einhalten. Die Bücher werden „Command Protocols“ heißen.
- Ein Deck mit optionalen Missionszielen, kann im Spielverlauf neue Ziele für die Teams eröffnen.
- Neue Modelle sind ebenfalls geplant.
Quelle: Mantic Games