In the distant future the Terran Authority has exercised virtually unchallenged control over the colonies of mankind for centuries. Advanced nano-based technology has transformed the human race, extending life spans, curing hunger and disease. A large proportion of the Authority’s populace is enhanced by the ‘Brand’, particle-sized machines moving within their own bloodstream cleaning and repairing, speeding reactions and cognitive functions.
A handful of individuals among the trillions that have merged with the Brand have done so far beyond normal human parameters. They can wield unprecedented power like unto the gods of old; hurl lightning, disappear into thin air or move with preternatural speed. These gifted individuals are known as the Awoken.
The Authority is watched by the Iron Legion, a hand-picked military organization that spans the stars. It exists to protect the people, keep the peace and enforce the Authority’s laws by suppressing the senseless criminality that flares up among the colonies from time to time. Most of the Awoken serve with the Iron Legion as revered commanders, and those few who don’t are closely monitored to ensure their gifts are not misused. All in all life under the Authority is good.
The call from the colony world of Kharkyn is a routine investigation – non-payment of tithes, refusal of communication, all the usual signs of some local administrator getting delusions of grandeur. The disappearance of a judicial investigation team escalated the affair to the Iron Legion and prompted the dispatch of a force under the command of an Awoken named Kara.
You can probably guess what happens next…
Kharkyn will be the Authority’s first contact with a threat so far beyond their imagination that the universe will be changed forever. Mankind’s continuing existence will depend upon the actions of Kara and her legionaries.Timeline
Warforged: First Contact is a classic tabletop ‘man versus aliens’ board and miniatures game for two or more players inspired by classics of yore like Space Crusade and the much beloved Space Hulk, as well as the subject of more B movies (and AAA movies) than we’d like to confess to having seen. The plot: An elite group of warriors attempt to fight their way into the stronghold of a previously unknown enemy – an enemy that proves ever more threatening the further they go.
Sumptuous map tiles are used to depict the depths of the Mantra shrine portal and its network of interconnecting gates. Finely sculpted miniatures in quality plastic (or resin, depending on the miniature) will depict the heroic Kara and her force of Iron Legionaries with a variety of weapons, as well as their supporting Ironclad, a towering machine still possessed by its human origins.
Ranged against the Iron Legion are the alien Mantra, a convocation of diverse alien species that have dedicated themselves to a single, all-encompassing concept of divinity and an unquenchable will to bring it into being. While the Mantra forces are scattered initially, their response to the Iron Legion’s desecration is fierce and immediate.
The shrine-portal itself can add additional complications. In addition to cover pieces placed on the map tiles there are traps and special conditions (like low gravity or blinding light) to hinder the Iron Legion along the way. In many cases the Iron Legion must fight for time as well as against the Mantra, with a countdown timer to win certain scenario in a set number of turns before the game ends.
Our scenario book gives a succession of game lay-outs of escalating difficulty and complexity following the ‘historical’ Iron Legion campaign with facilities for gaining experience and upgrading along the way. The game also features a card-based system for randomising the Iron Legion’s exploration to create scenarios with virtually endless replayability.Close
Warforged: First Contact is a tactical battle game for two or more players. Players take command of the Terran Authority’s Iron Legionaries in mankind’s first encounter with the alien forces of the Mantra. Players use their warriors, war machines and heroes to vie for victory through cunning tactics and bold strategy (plus a little bit of luck) within the extra-dimensional realm of a Mantra shrine-portal. The fate of humanity rests in the balance.
This is a game where the gameplay is the king. The aim of the design team was to create an alchemical mixture of board game and miniature game where you can learn to play within minutes, and yet the replayability and depth of the gameplay will keep you coming back again and again.Read More