Mantic updates Deadzone with tuning, tweaks and a whole new (lower) pricepoint. Ronnie chimes in on what to expect:
Skirmishes on Forsaken Worlds
HUMANS AND ALIENS COLLIDE ON WORLDS ERASED FROM EXISTENCE ENTER THE DEADZONE!
In the future, unthinkably powerful mega-corporations own and govern entire planets outright, protecting their interests with vast, private armies. Now, an even greater danger is sweeping the galaxy – a hideous mutagen wiping out entire sectors of space. To stem the carnage, highly classified Containment Protocols are enacted, blockading the infected system and wiping it from navigational charts forever. Here, with the veil of civilisation lifted, rival factions descend into furious conflict, each with a unique claim on the chaos of the Deadzone!
CHOOSE YOUR SIDE!
Deploy elite Enforcers to mercilessly hunt down the rampaging Plague army as it surges ceaselessly towards total contamination; Oversee the ransacking of abandoned districts by the hulking Marauders as the terrifying Veer-Myn single-mindedly set about bolstering their own numbers; Plunder natural resources with the tech-heavy Forge Fathers as the eclectic Rebs scavenge for discarded gear, or simply scheme in secret as the mysterious Asterians pursue goals known only to themselves. As your collection grows, where will your loyalty lie?
PREPARE TO DEPLOY!
A tabletop wargame without the hassle, Deadzone strips away unnecessary complications leaving you free to enjoy the excitement and tactical depth of futuristic battle. Starter armies of two rival factions are included in this set, kicking-off your collection of Enforcers and Forge Fathers, along with everything else 2 players need to get right into the action. Assemble your finely detailed miniatures and get ready for fast paced, easy to learn, mission-based skirmishes in a brutal future!
This set contains everything you need to play:
- Hardback Rulebook
- Battlefield Mat
- Game tokens
- 8-sided Dice
- Command Dice
- Battlezones Scenery Accessories & Connectors
Enforcer Strike Team in Hard Plastic:
5 x Enforcer models including parts for:
- Assault and Rifle options
- Burst Laser
5 x Pathfinder models including parts for:
- Sniper Rifle
- Optional accessories
- D.O.G. Drone Support Weapon
Forge Father Strike Team in Hard Plastic:
10 x Steel Warrior models including parts for:
- Stormrage Veterans and Rekkhyrr
- Hailstorm Autocannon
- Magma Cannon
- Dragonbreath Flamer
- Mjolnir Missile Launcher options
- Huscarl upgrade
Here are some excerpts from Ronnie on the new updated edition of Deadzone. Click over to read even more:
The game now has a beautiful, hard cover book – with the rules and army lists for all the factions in 1 place!
There is a slick game system that keeps all the charm of the first edition, while adding some great new developments, based on a more refined, intuitive set of mechanics
A couple of new terrain sprues that take the Battlezones range on to another level (no pun intended!)
Lots of the core troops in hard plastic, and razor sharp detail throughout
The cards have been replaced with something that’s just as much fun, but a lot easier to manage, namely the new command dice
A full campaign system to allow you to play a series of linked games and develop your strike force
At Mantic I really want you to be enjoying your box of toys (yeah, I know you’ll never paint them ALL, but hey we need to get SOME of them on your tabletop!). This means the Deadzone 2.0 was probably a little early for a second edition – but I thought it was so close to being the game that lots and lots of people would love to play – and so many people already had the models and the scenery – that the best course of action was to get the rules out to allow them to use all that they had! Over the next 6 weeks we will be adding to the website background on each of the races you’ll find in the Warpath Universe, and collating all the great hobby content that has been generated for Deadzone over the past 3 years (please grab the free downloadable audio book – done by DZ fans ‘Coach’ and his friends – which you can find the first 2 parts of here.. http://deadzonegame.podbean.com/
And of course we will be making the basic rules and 2 starter lists available to download for free from the website – so you can give the rules a try before you have to spend anything.
Seriously, it is really important to me that you enjoy the games we make and want to tell lots of your friends about it, so they start playing too. They can buy their faction at their local store – and that’ll help to support our retailers, who give us all places to play, and provide a venue for us to release more factions and add-ons directly. Ultimately this keeps the game exciting and fresh, creating a supportive network that keeps reinforcing itself. It starts with us making games you want to play over and over – I really hope Deadzone is one of those!
~Mantic continues to come on strong! Who is picking one of these up?