Frostgrave Second EditionFor those that don’t know, Wizards battle for supremacy and artifacts in Frostgrave. The action takes place in the frozen ruins of an ancient city. There, a Wizard and Apprentice takes on a warband of up to 8 others against their opponents (and the random monsters on a gaming board) to collect treasure off of the tabletop. The game is a ton of fun and I had a blast with first edition.
Frostgrave runs on a D20 system and very much feels to me like an RPG experience in a miniatures skirmish game. Between each mission, your Wizard and Apprentice improve, and you can decide how to upgrade your Warband too. This makes for some great campaign games. In fact, three back-to-back games of Frostgrave in an afternoon makes for a great gaming experience in my mind. Frostgrave Second Edition takes what worked in First Edition and makes it better. I expect that we will see some rule changes that will make the system more in line with Frostgrave Ghost Archipelago with your crew members. Joseph, the author, also revamped the 80 spells in the main rule book to make all of the spells more useful. In the First Edition, certain spells worked better than others. After seeing which spells became most prevalent over the years, Joseph figured out a way to make all of the spells desirable. I am looking forward to seeing those changes myself. Despite the changes, Osprey Games has come out stating that all of the supplements (except The Grimorie) are fully usable in Second Edition. If you want more yet, Osprey Games has some more teaser articles too. You can check their blog or read this one here introducing Frostgrave Second Edition.
Frostgrave Pre-OrdersNow to the meat of this article. Frostgrave Second Edition releases on August 20th. Now, where can you get this book as a pre-order? Well, the best places include North Star Military Figures, Osprey Games, Brigad Games USA, and Badger Games. The best being North Star Military Figures because you can get a free mini. If you buy from North Star Military Figures, they will give you a free miniature of a Thaumaturge Apprentice along with the purchase of any of their Frostgrave Second Edition Pre-Orders on the books. You buy the book from them, you get the miniature.
- Osprey Games is also running pre-orders now. I find the North Star Military Figures pre-sales options much more interesting, but Osprey Publishing is a great company and I certainly won’t discourage anyone from supporting the company directly. You could also purchase some of Osprey’s many other books while you are there.
- Brigad Games is North Star Military Figures North American partner. If you want order deals similar to what North Star runs (but in the USA), this is where to go. They have the same deal where you get the Apprentice miniature for free if you buy the second edition rule book. You can find this on their Frostgrave 2 pre-order page along with the plastic Frostgrave Knights.
- Badger Games also sells Frostgrave Products in America be sure to check them out if you are looking for a supplier in the USA.