Today we’ve posted a new Pandora Hub on the website. We’ve got pictures of some of the new tiles, the models and the contents, including a few gameplay snippets, with explanations of how some of the mechanics work…
Here’s a taster:
Briefly covers special rules like Reaction Fire, as well as mechanics like shooting.
Project Pandora: Grim Cargo is released April 23rd and will be available at Salute and Adepticon. Pre-order your copy now and be in with a chance of winnning a free Veer-myn Nightspawn or Corporation Major-General. The Veer-myn Army Release follows in May.
We’re running two Veer-myn Competitions at the moment where you can win a free Night-Spawn character.
Here’s how you can participate:
1) Place a pre-order on the website for Project Pandora. 10 copies of the box have been mysteriously tampered with and now randomly contain either a Night-Spawn or a Major General. Pre-order now to be in with a chance of winning! Full details here.
2) Name a Night-Spawn character – Suggest a name on the forum and win a free Night-Spawn if we pick your winning name. Full details here!
If you missed it last week and want to check out the Veer-myn Night Spawn sculpt, make sure you’re signed up to the newsletter as the Veer-myn Dossier will once again be available to download for free in Friday’s newsletter!
In today’s newsletter we have background, concepts, sculpts and cool information about them all wrapped up in one exclusive Dossier, and the Veer-myn army list – totally free and exclusive to the newsletter.
Mhorgoth the Faceless. Elthenar Bladedancer. There’s some pretty cools characters developing in our games as we build the world and the background behind the armies. Similarly, the background for Warpath is growing as well but as of yet, there aren’t really any standout characters – and that’s where we need you.
The Veer-myn Night Spawn is just ripe for a naming competition and we want you to name a Night Spawn character – list your suggestions in this thread here and Alessio will pick the best name and use it in the background going forwards. You’ll be accredited for your name and we’ll even send you a free Night Spawn character as a prize.
We’ve got a deadline of the 9th April otherwise Collette is going to call the figure “Van Dam Veer-myn” – best hurry!
The Veer-myn launch is just around the corner with models featuring in both Project Pandora in April and as the fourth full launch for Warpath in May.
The newsletter at the end of this week will contain the Veer-myn dossier – the complete guide to the new race from Mantic Games.
Featuring the first shots of the models, concept art and background, the Veer-myn Dossier is a completely free to download guide exclusive to the Mantic Games newsletter and comes complete with the first version of the Warpath army list.
What better way to cap off Project Pandora with new photographs of the Game and the Veer-myn?!
This new pic shows off one of the layouts you can make with just some of the tiles included in the box. The cargo, airlock and engineering deck all feature along with a few Veer-myn and the Corporation Guardsmen
The new race of space scavengers, calling themselves ‘the Veer-myn’, began to live in the vast bowels of all large space ships, regardless of the race they belonged to. It goes without saying that the Space-Vermin soon also begun to infest the sewers and ventilation ducts of the sprawling mega-cities, and the gigantic underground bases and artificial colonies built by many races throughout the galaxy.
These creatures have now spied the world above long enough to learn some of its science and lust for its wealth. More and more often, the chittering hordes of rat-creatures, armed to the teeth with scavenged weaponry they have ‘adapted’ to their needs, emerge from the bowels of spacecrafts and settlements alike in an attempt to seize them and enslave the ‘folk above’.
Once I start typing they usually have to prise my cramped sweaty fingers from the keyboard and edit it down to something readable and (hopefully) informative!
My previous blog covered all things Corporation, but the excitement doesn’t end there! Corporation marine Sergeant Cruise and his squad feature next month in a space ship with a very precious cargo on-board, and the mysterious Veer-myn will stop at nothing to get their filthy claws on it!
Project Pandora is the latest in the successful board game series written by veteran game designer Jake Thornton. Last year the hugely enjoyable Dwarf King’s Hold series launched (and promptly sold out!). We are now on the third print run, and have another starter set (with Orcs and Elves) and an expansion (Ancient Grudge) that takes it to a 4 player version and allows players to design their own forces and add heroes to their game.
The challenge with ‘Project Pandora’ was how to add shooting to a board game that still worked with hand-to-hand rules. This took Jake a few goes, but having played it several times now I think the result is one of the slickest 3d board games I have ever played. The introductory scenario is one of the cleverest I have ever seen, and not only teaches you how to play – but makes you want to play it again and again. (My best score is 6 by the way – I thought I was heading for double figures, but it all turned a bit ratty!).
We intend (limited technology skills permitting) to put up on the blog a series of videos of Jake playing through the basics, so pop on over and have a look about how to play this fantastic game.
The game also introduces our 4th army for Warpath – the mysterious and very vicious veer-myn! In the coming weeks we will be featuring a host of background info, images, sketches and some model shots. Those of you wise enough to be signed up to the Mantic newsletter will be getting your own Veer-myn dossier, with all things Veer-myn collected into one place. With 4 units and another truly incredible hero sculpt the Rats will be ready for war one day one. With another new army list from Alessio Cavatore and a background written by the talented Mr Haley you might want to gets signed-up for your free dossier right here.
What makes all this even more exciting is that all three launches, (from the Corporation to the Veer-myn army) will all be on the shelves of your local gaming store within the next three months! An for the loyal Kings of War fans – please don’t despair – you are not forgotten. In June we launch a 144 page full colour rule book, to kick off a summer of KoW, but let’s talk about that next time….until then, thanks for supporting mantic, I really appreciate it.
We held a Kings of War tournament back in February and as part of the evening’s entertainment we asked Jake to play through a couple of Pandora demo games.
Project Pandora demo – note that these tiles were made in the office for this demo and are not the quality tiles in the box. You’ll also notice we’re playing with Marauders and Forge Fathers!
The scenario they played was the training mission from the new rulebook, called Yodobashi Maru. It’s one of six scenarios in the book, which progressively get harder, making use of new and different mechanics as you get to grips with new tactics and the two different styles of play between the Veer-myn and the Corporation.
As the preview below shows, Scenario 1 pits 3 Corporation Marines against a never-ending supply of Veer-myn in a simulation that trains the Marines in to how to react and fight in the eventuality that the Veer-myn are found in a starship.
The cool thing about this scenario is that the Corporation can never win – it’s all about how many rats you kill! What this means is that you’ll be wanting to swap sides as your opponent tries to kill more than you, and you’ll do everything you can to stop him. Play this scenario in a group of people and watch everyone’s competitiveness come out and you try and outsmart and outgun your opponent and his kill count.
This is exactly what we’ll be doing at this year’s Salute. In addition to demoing the game and teaching everyone how to play, we’ll be counting up kills and keeping a leader board. The person with the highest kill count at the end of the day will win themselves a prize.
Furthermore, Joe and Ronnie will be keeping count of the American veer-myn kills at Adepticon on the Saturday, meaning it’s US versus UK on who can kill the most rats!
Jake’s highest score is 18 Veer-myn kills – anyone who gets more might just grab themselves a prize as well!
When did the common rat, most common of pests throughout the history of the human race, develop into this new race? Nobody knows the answer to this, but for sure it must have something to do with the first, clunky and massive cargo ships that moved wares from system to system as humanity begun to trade amongst the stars.
Maybe it was the radiation leaks of poorly shielded nuclear reactors, or the cosmic rays generated by stellar activity in some distant system, or even the alien chemical cocktails that might have mixed from the many spills during transportation incidents in remote outposts of the galaxy. Whatever caused the change, the common rat eventually evolved into a larger, bipedal form with opposing thumbs and a cunning sort of primitive intelligence, combined with the natural gift for survival and amazing reproductive capacity of the original species.
This new race of space scavengers, calling themselves ‘the Veer-myn’, began to live in the vast bowels of all large space ships, regardless of the race they belonged to. It goes without saying that the Space-Vermin soon also begun to infest the sewers and ventilation ducts of the sprawling mega-cities, and the gigantic underground bases and artificial colonies built by many races throughout the galaxy. It is said that no matter where you are in the Milky Way, you’re never more than a few meters from a Space-Vermin – and that’s a very alarming thought.
These normally secretive creatures have now spied the world above long enough to learn some of its science and lust for its wealth. More and more often, the chittering hordes of rat-creatures, armed to the teeth with scavenged weaponry they have ‘adapted’ to their needs, emerge from the bowels of spacecrafts and settlements alike in an attempt to seize them and enslave the ‘folk above’.
The Veer-myn are the fourth science fiction race from Mantic Games. Coming in April’s Project Pandora: Grim Cargo board game and as a full army release in May, the models will be unveiled in the Veer-myn Dossier – a free to download preview guide complete with art, background and Warpath army list exclusive to a forthcoming Mantic Newsletter in March.