Players a lot of money on tabletop gaming when you add up the games themselves plus minis, paints, rules and scenery.
There is one company that is trying to change all that from across the pond. Mantic Games has created such great games such as DreadBall and Kings of War. The company prides themselves on being simplistic while giving gamers more value for their hard earned dollar.
They have found most of their success with their campaigns on the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter. Community Manager James Hewitt stated “Before DreadBall came the Kings of War Kickstarter, which was massively successful – it had a $5,000 goal and made $320,000+!”
We asked James a little about the origins of the company. “Mantic Games came about from a desire to make mass combat games affordable and fun again. Ronnie (Renton, CEO of Mantic Entertainment) is all about big games, and whilst we’re finding great success in smaller all-enclosed boxed games like DreadBall and skirmish games like Deadzone, Ronnie’s heart lies in big battles.”
Hewitt discusses one of the newer projects the company is working on. “Deadzone is a tabletop skirmish game/board game hybrid, set in the Warpath Universe. Two crack team of elite soldiers do battle on a gridded gaming mat that brings the setting of Nexus Psi to life. Not only that, but you’re fighting in a true 3D environment, made possible with our innovative modular Sci-Fi scenery, which comes with the boxed game.”
Mantic Games is not stopping there, as they have teamed up with Topps to release a game based off a popular license. Mars Attacks, which has been chronicled in trading card, comic book and even movie format will now have it’s own game. In this incarnation a Martian general named Tor has come to a small town named Greenville. This Martian force has come down to hunt Novas Vira, a human resistance group who knew about the impending invasion.
“It’s massively exciting to get to work with Topps and an IP like Mars Attacks – we’re hoping it really opens doors for us with retailers as an accessible game that people – whether wargamers or not – can pick up, play and enjoy.” Hewitt explains. “And the game itself will be filled with over the top violence and frantic action. It’s the fun of it, coupled with the fact that people know about it, that attracted us to it.”
As to what will be included in the game, Hewitt stressed the importance of the little guy. “The Characters are a big part of it – Mars Attacks is all about how the little guy perseveres against overwhelming odds, and it’s through these brave – if not sometimes selfish – human characters that we tell the story of the battle for Earth.”
The kickstarter for this project is heading up on October 4th, and you can read more on this and other projects at Mantic Games’ website.