The Twelve Days of Mantic Christmas #12: The Walking Dead

Hi everyone,

Ronnie here. Happy New Year – I hope 2015 was a good one and that 2016 is even better.

We’ve been building up to this for some time, and I’d like to proudly announce that Mantic will be making ‘The Walking Dead Miniatures Game’, titled ‘All OUT WAR’, under license from Skybound Entertainment.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: All Out War will be set in the engaging and immersive post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead comic series. Having the comic license gives us far more freedom to reproduce from all the rich and evocative artwork, and over 149 issues of the comics. This offered the biggest choice of factions and characters – in fact the widest scope possible to explore the setting and heroes. Finally the comic license also gives us direct access to the Skybound team, and insight into the world by the people who actually created it! We will bring the pages to life with fantastic models that will cry out to be painted, slick game play and it’ll all be part of an awesomely fun gaming experience.

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To stay up to date with the latest previews and gossip surrounding The Walking Dead miniatures game, sign-up to our dedicated The Walking Dead newsletter here. The first one will arrive tomorrow!

Why The Walking Dead?

When I set up Mantic I had a very clear vision for what I wanted the company to stand for and to be about. I have enjoyed collecting, painting and gaming with miniatures almost all my life. Certainly from a very early age I always had plastic soldiers of one kind or another very close at hand. As I got older that developed into my grown-up hobby and one that I have managed to work in all my adult life (and I hope I am lucky enough that continues until retirement – although I am not sure my wife would agree!).

Mantic was set up to share that love of gaming with miniatures with as large an audience as possible. I felt the need to create Mantic because the companies in the market were actually going the other way – they were making gaming more expensive, more complicated and more restrictive. I wanted to share my wonderful hobby with as many people as possible. I knew it would take years to build up the company to the point where it would have a good-sized gamer base and the infrastructure to cope with the growth (and plateaus). Mantic has been helped by huge support from the community through its short life – both for the business generally and for all our Kickstarter campaigns. We now have a truly global wargame with Kings of War and the rapidly evolving and very exciting sci-fi Warpath Universe. In the coming years we will continually add to, and develop, both of these.

However, I believe to really open up gaming to new markets you have to start with an IP people know and love – and to do it in a big way it has to be a truly massive, well known license. It has to be a property that people love, feel deeply about and want to get more involved with. Then you have to make the game world class, simple, fun and exciting, with tactics and army building. The miniatures have to be astounding so you want to get on and paint them and bring the world to life. And let’s be honest, full armies take a long time to collect and get painted – so something with 10 or so models is a great place to start, especially if it scales up a little along the way ;).

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When I really started digging in to this subject and actually talking to license holders talking there was one property that struck me as perfect. It covered all the points above – and then some. It has a global following and has leaders with character; interesting factions and a world we can relate to. Once I had gone and met them I was even more certain.

In the next four weeks we’ll let you see the game design, the miniatures and the vision for the system – and look out on the Mantic blog this week for all the inside news – including my visit to the Skybound studio. I hope to see you there!


The Walking Dead: All Out War miniatures game is due out in stores late 2016. To stay up to date with the latest previews and gossip surrounding The Walking Dead miniatures game, sign-up to our dedicated The Walking Dead newsletter here. The first one will be sent tomorrow with a never-before-seen shot of The Walking Dead miniatures.

58 Comments

  1. yawning at the speed of light

  2. Really really really love it 😀

  3. Love TWD IP (hooked me there), but still unsure how much interest I’ll have as a game until those “game design, the miniatures and the vision for the system” part gets released. Good luck on this new endeavor!

    • We are looking forward to sharing more over the coming month 🙂

    • Kazzigum Burning Skeletons January 5, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      I hope that it is compatible in some fashion with Mars Attacks. I really want to run some cross compatible scenarios.

  4. Well done on getting this IP. Time to start shouting about it.
    I wonder how Blaine fits in.

  5. very excited! but where is the fun without KS? 😀

    • considering how poorly their last KS’s have been going it will go much better without going that route.

    • I’m not entirely sure what you mean by our poorly our last Kickstarters have gone? All of them have been phenomenal successes. Lessons are learnt every time and there are improvements to be made on the post-Kickstarter side, but the Kickstarter campaigns themselves have consistently outperformed expectations.

    • @chris The post kickstarter phase is the most important to backers, with the new Deadzone you are having people requesting refunds, Dungeon Saga was a mess that people are still complaining about. That’s exactly what I mean by the last few kickstarters doing poorly, all you are looking at is the numbers, and you ignore the customer satisfaction part of running a business. Call me crazy, or ignore me, but I am a long time customer who really just wants Mantic to succeed. I have bought plenty of mini’s from you guys since I stopped playing GW’s games, and overall I have enjoyed most of the rule sets. With the kickstarters though, each time you pump out a new one without finishing the one before it, the customers seem to suffer.

  6. Will this product be funded through a Kickstarter campaign?

  7. Excellent gaming potential…narrative play with great characters…very interested to hear more about how the game will play out this world of horror and faction friction…

  8. So glad to have another use for Plague zombies!!!

  9. Any chance you can aquire David Gemmells license for his Druss setting? 🙂

  10. I’ll be honest, when I heard you were doing a post apoc license I thought it was going to be Fallout or Mad Max.

    It may take some time for me to get over not having a plastic Dofus or an Enclave trooper sprue.

    • I agree, I’m almost disappointed that it’s Walking Dead, I wanted it to be Fallout so bad!

  11. The walking Dead huh? The funny thing is, I am a giant comic book fan. Over film, board games, or anything else. The only thing that rivals my Comic Book hobby is Video games.

    You guys would have had me with The Walking Dead, as I love miniatures and hobby gaming. But after I’ve seen you screw up DS and other Kickstarter Projects…lets just say I’m not going to get burned twice. If I even think of supporting you guys and buying it. Best believe it will be on sale or at a deep discount.

    Also, you guys realize the comic book is in B&W right? Is that conducive to painting miniatures? Yeah yeah, cover art, and whatever, but to REALLY give the feel of the books, folks will want to paint these things with that color pallet in mind. Your preview minis look terrible due to the color.

  12. *gets down on bended knees……

    “Pleeease don’t let this detract from work on KoW”

    (I am still in therapy from the calamity of another-system collapse and my counselor says I must keep in continuing dialog with my fantasy miniatures !!)

    Not to be taken too seriously.

    • I don’t think there’s any risk of that.

    • Nope, no risk of that. Seeing as about half of mantic’s catalogue is out of print and they barely scrape the bottom of the bucket in terms of quality, I’m sure the walking bland will be a great way for them to pull money out of people’s pockets.

  13. Quests-of-Legend January 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I love walking dead, but and this is a big but, there is already a massive zombie game out there, with 3 KS under there belt, and many people looking for a zombie game (including me) would have heavily invested into it.

    The only way you are going to be able to slowly pull those people away is by making the miniatures the same scale 30-32mm with loads of characters and hundreds of zombies……no matter how much I love the miniatures too much money has already been invested in another game if the miniatures are not compatible.

    • Yes, you need to make your game different by adding an RPG (read character development and resource management) or it is potentially just another Zombicide, Deadzone, etc.

      No Kickstarter? Maybe the comic book folks did not want it Kickstarted?

    • Why do you think no kickstarter? Four weeks of reveals about a year before the product is due is pure kickstarter.

    • “The Walking Dead: All Out War miniatures game is due out in stores late 2016. ”

      Mantic never turns a Kickstarter that fast. They have to be well underway at this point.

  14. Good to hear but will wait and see how the minis and game profress before nailing my colours to the mast.
    Well done on obtaining this though Mantic.

  15. I’m happy for Mantic as a big fan of the company, and hopeful as a Walking Dead fan. But, I’d be lying if I said this was an instant buy for me. I have almost zero interest in a straight Zombie war game, for me this will be all about if it can deliver a super strong campaign system allowing more narrative gameplay.

    • Just a quick FYI: It’s not going to be a survivors vs. zombies game. It’s pitting the various survivor factions against one another in a world populated by zombies, where the actions of the parties draw the attention of the NPC zombies. Think Rick’s gang vs. the governor, for instance.

    • I hope Bookawar is right. RPG feeling and conflict bwetween various survivors would be refreshing. More Dead of Winter, less Zombicide.

  16. great news.
    but i will wait and see the rules before going in

  17. apocryphal_lore January 5, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    A lot of people are comparing this to Zombiecide; but reading the article; this doesn’t sound like it will be survivors vs zombies – this sounds like it’s survivors vs survivors with zombies being something like Hazardous Terrain…

    Not necessarily my cup of tea but all the same….

    Mantic! Mantic! Mantic! 🙂

    • As I understand it from people I’ve talked to, that’s exactly how it’s going to work. Not Zombiecide at all.

    • I would love it if it had more the feel of Necromunda and less of Zombicide, I have them both but would love a game that sort of mashes them together.

  18. Daniel "Darklord" King January 5, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve playtested the game and absolutely loved it! I’m still under NDA at the moment of course, so cannot say much more. 🙂

  19. It’s not one I have any interest in personally, but I hope it does well.
    Love Mantic as a company.

    Can’t help but be a little disappointed that the Fallout game rumour turned out to be just that. I would have been all over that. 🙁

  20. Great News !! 🍾🍾🍾🍾
    Does this game will be sell in France ?
    Thanks for your comment

  21. so is it kickstarter or not? Either way, looking forward to more info!

  22. I can confirm that it’s Survivors vs Survivors with a campaign system in there 🙂 Also inches, not squares.

  23. Ahhhh Mantic you clever clever people!
    I might jut have to fall in love with you all over again.
    Can’t wait to see this come to fruition!

  24. I believe the phrase is, I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

    Except there is actually a newsletter to subscribe to. 😀

  25. I agree with some of the above sentiments. This game must must.. must be an RPG lite style game and it has to be able to completely stand on its own Two Feet, any re-skinning here will not beat a Zombicide Fanbase. Having a Story that you can progress through ( like reading a comic) guarantee’s you will lean on the meat of the IP, The Story. But it has to be passable to gamers( a fickle bunch) so it’s gotta have mechanics that are smooth, modern but lots of crunch to support the Background and consumer committment to their characters ( which we will lovingly paint and play). I’m very very excited to see what you come up with, I feel like this opportunity is all yours to either knock outta the park or bumble horribly. So please be careful of the re-skinning one of your other games feel, this just has to be it’s own Pillar. That is your mission, if you can pull it off.. I will absolutely own each and every thing you produce for this game, no matter the expense.

  26. Happy to hear The Walking Dead is coming to my wargaming table. Not enthused by Mantic holding the license. They seem to have too many balls in the air already. [& none ofthe balls are Orx/Marauders…]

    Heck, they can’t even update Orx for DZ/WP yet or finalize the DZR rules & now they’re taking on a whole new huge IP that’s due late this year?

    If it does hit tables this year, I’m betting its as big a mess as the original DZ rules were…

    • Wow, bitter. Seriously, I do understand the root of your complaint but please understand that the “mess” as you claim is based on Mantic listening to it’s Fanbase to give them the game they want and that can be very very challenging once you open up that box. Honestly, I have more respect for a company willing to accept it’s shortcomings and works to giving the people what they’re clamoring for.

    • The DZR manuscript is with Mantic and destined for layout once approved. Current focus is on balancing army lists; we’d love your input if you wished to contribute. http://Www.vb.manticforum.com – go to the Deadzone playtest forum to learn more.

    • As much as I don’t have room in my wallet or painting table for another game, if this has a settlement management and growth system then I don’t know if I could stop myself.

  27. Not bitter, just *gun shy*. The original DZ were a mess. The new rules that went through a rules committee, left much to be desired.

    Meanwhile, big mess with DS KS. Also, DZ2 KS still is in the wind. Most of their KS have been plagued with delays & more problems. They don’t have time to include updated Orx in DZ2 & WP.

    & now their taking on a huge IP with the intent of rolling it out by years end? I get that *movement is life*. They hafta keep moving forward. I just question their ability to tackle The Walking Dead in a timely & orderly fashion.

    I get that the rush is on for IPs. Prodod snatched up AvP. Now Warlord with Terminator. But with their history of past difficulties in getting a quality game out on time, I have my doubts about their ability to do the IP justice.

    Like I said, seems they’re having trouble just juggling the balls they already have in the air. So I’m very wary of them with TWD.

  28. Ahh.. This explains Ronnie wearing a Lucille shirt a while back.

  29. TWD is one of the projects I was hoping coming. Next I want TMNT, Mad Max and Fallout Computer Game. 🙂

    I hope the TWD Miniature game will be compatible to the Mars Attacks Rules.

    Only sad is that TWD has only Walkers and Crawlers, so no Runners, Fatties, Abominations, Dogz, Zombivors, Screamers, Glowing Ones (radioactive like in Z Nation), Toxicz and so on.

    I hope for a good campaign system. The Zombicide Rules which I like are to simple to make good campaign systems.

    But the Dungeon Saga KS left a negative feeling. Not getting the 19 missing missions as promised in the Dungeon Journal:

    Ally Mcsween Character Mat Not in Dungeon Master Pledge
    Ibahrim Character Mat Not in Dungeon Master Pledge
    Missing Dungeon Journal Mission for Logan
    Hordin and Gnasher Missing Mission in Dungeon Journal
    The Path of the Righteous Mission missing from Dungeon Journal
    Infernal Crypts Expansion Promised 8 Scenarios only 6 Produced
    2 Missing Dungeon Journal Mission vs Green Skins
    2 Missing Dungeon Journal Mission vs Hordes of the Abyss
    Witch and Dwarf Engineer Classes Missing from Adventurers Companion
    Rise of the Shadow King Digitial Adventure Book Missing
    Unholy Crusade 4 Mission Pack Missing from Dungeon Journal
    Green Tide 4 Mission Pack Missing from Dungeon Journal
    Black Fortress Campaign (? Missions 4+ Assumed) Missing from Dungeon Journal

    I don’t want them as digital versions. I would prefer Mantic reprint the books end of this year instead of making a new lame version.

  30. Right on, glad to hear it Mantic. I plan on starting a few warband-style minis in the near future. There’s lots from Reaper, Studio minis, Hasslefree and others who have been riffing on zombie survivors for a long time, so it’s great news for a lot of manufacturers! It will also be great to get some friends into mini games, I know a lot of folks who will be instantly keen to play.

    BTW, ultravocal complainers from kickstarter projects loudly banging pots/pans in these threads is so dull. Please go find some reasonable place to vent vitriol, its cringe-worthy to see such nerd rage in such a public announcement.

  31. only two players game or more?

  32. It’s *cringe worthy* to think that someone could think venting of frustrations over past [& ongoing] problems with Mantic on Mantics very own blog is not *a reasonable place* to do so.

    The only thing *dull* on here is the mind that could think such a thought as the above.

  33. Hate to say it but this is a case of missed opportunities, there are already so many board and miniatures games with zombies as the theme. Zombies have been done to death (undeath?), and I get the feeling that in the coming years their popularity will wane. Why didn’t this happen 2-4 years ago? It would have sold like crazy.

    In all honesty I can’t get excited for this, barring extremely good rules and an actually interesting game, I can’t see myself ever playing this game. nonetheless, good luck.

    • Yep, the market is 100% saturated with zombies and there’s no demand for more. This explains why The Walking Dead is the least popular TV show in the world, why no-one picked up Zombicide, and why Dead of Winter was a massive flop. Oh wait, I’m thinking of bizarro-world.

    • @Oliver Oh geez you are so smart how did I ever forget that there would be other Zombie games in a saturated market, and you mean the IP that Mantic picked up is a popular TV show? Oh jesus how did I ever miss that, I’m so sorry, I should rescind my statement…..

      If you care to actually have a conversation about this try not using sarcasm. If a troll, well played, didn’t get me mad, but you did make me reply.

  34. I REALLY WANT a TWD Mini Game with RPG Elements! I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DO NOT WANT a TWD miniature game that uses the Dungeon Saga Combat and Campaign mechanics.

  35. With the way the DS KofW2 and other Kickstarter issues and in generally how they where run I would not trust this company again. Also honestly who cares another crap zombie game big woopie

  36. Bones Balkham-Smith January 12, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Hi

    why have you discontinued the mars attacks “Big Stompy Robot”

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