Mantic: Free Rules for Warpath Beta Testing



Mantic is calling all players to try out their rules and give them feedback – It’s time to go on a Warpath!

via Mantic Games

Warpath is coming along well, with many thousands of words of background written for the sourcebook, and the rules in a very polished state, about to go into layout. However, we can’t finish this game on our own – 6 armies and infinite combinations is just too much for our team to test. We’ve read a lot of battle reports and had a lot of really useful feedback come in, but we need more, and we want to make the most of the next few weeks before we lock it all down. For both Warpath and Firefight, the core rules are pretty solid, so it’s the army lists that need the focus.


Here are the latest versions of the rules:

Warpath Mass Battles Beta Rules

 Warpath Firefight Beta Rules

This is your chance to be a part of this game and make it better – your help is invaluable to us. Between now and the 25th July please play as many games as you can with as many armies as you can, and let us know how it goes. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the right models – we’ve had people testing with Mantic miniatures, other companies’ miniatures, and all manner of other creations, from kids’ toys to… stuffed fish…?


We are assured that this is a Veer-myn Tunnel Runner.

We suggest that you try games with lists that you consider balanced, and then try the same games with lists that you consider horribly broken, and see what the difference is. This will highlight which units are powered or costed wrongly, and also help inform that last bit of the game to be written – the force selection criteria – what should we restrict and how? All the science tells us that we need to limit vehicles/high defence creatures, but by how much only testing will tell. The Veer-myn and Asterians will also need a little more focus than the other armies, due to the quirky nature of their rules. These guidelines apply to both Firefight and Mass Battles.

The best way to provide feedback is in the form of battle reports, along with notes on your feelings about the game before, during and after. This is far more useful than any theoretical discussion – we can see how the rules are being interpreted and used by players and adapt our response to that. There are many ways to send in your feedback:

Email: Warpath Mass Battles Feedback
Warpath Firefight Feedback
Forum Warpath Mass Battles Feedback
Warpath Firefight Feedback
Facebook Warpath Universe



If you’re looking to try something new or stretch out those miniature game designer muscles then this is a great shot at that. The rules are FREE to download and all they are asking for is some feedback. So grab some miniatures, so buddies and get to playing!


The Warpath Beta needs YOU!

  • Heinz Fiction

    Playtesting is heresy!

  • Nesred22 .

    Judging by the number of comments different articles get on here, GW has 97% of the player base, WW2 games 2% and everything else sharing 1%.

    • Beefcake the mighty

      Well to be fair most of the articles on BoLS are about GW games so it stands to reason most of the people reading them would be 40k/AoS players.

    • ZeeLobby

      You’re also ignoring the fact that a ton of people who post on GW articles post disappointment or anger towards the game. Whether they still play it or not is questionable.

      In reality though it still is the most popular table top game. X-wing has a huge player base and hardly any posts here so my guess would be that X-Wing players head to X-Wing blogs(forums, Infinity to infinity sites, etc.

  • StingrayP226

    Going to be much harder for Mantic to gain traction with Warpath compared to Kings of War since GW hasn’t burned the 40k universe. However if the rules end up being good they could create their own little niche.

    I really wish the Rebs would have been introducted in Warpath as they are kind of unique for a 28mm Miniature game but actually parallels factions from more main stream Sci Fi. A rag tag group of pissed off/oppressed/etc aliens and humans working together to survive.

    • Heinz Fiction

      On the other hand mantics Sci-Fi miniatures look surprisingly good and 40k isn’t in a really good state either. Everyone seems to love the fluff but the game itself not so much…

      • jcdent

        Not too hot on Mantic minis, tbh. On the other hand, that Enforcer captain is dreamy.

        • ZeeLobby

          Warpath at least has a solid core of minis that aren’t horrible. KoW, eh, can’t really say that about them, lol.

    • Beefcake the mighty

      After AoS I become a bit of a Mantic fanboy, and if the Martians get Warpath rules sign me up!