It is now almost exactly a year since the release of Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City, and what a year it has been! With this anniversary, I thought it would be a good time to take stock of all that has happened, talk a bit about what is coming up, and to have a little fun by giving a few things away!
Well, by almost every measure, Frostgrave has been a huge success. As of a couple of months ago, the main rulebook has sold over 16,000 copies in English, and is currently on its eighth(!) printing. It has also been translated into French, German, and Japanese with a Spanish translation coming soon. I have no idea how well it has sold in those markets. The first supplement, Thaw of the Lich Lord has sold just shy of 8,000 copies in English and has also appeared in French and Japanese. Three ebook mini-supplements: Hunt for the Golem, Sellsword, and Dark Alchemy have also been released, but I don’t have any numbers for those.
The game has received tremendous fan support. The main Frostgrave Facebook page has nearly 5,000 members (wow!) while the dedicated Lead Adventure Forum is very active. This fan support has also been crucial to Frostgrave winning two awards: Miniatures Game of the Year from Beast of War and Best Miniatures Game from UK Games Expo. It also received a nomination in the Origins Awards.
In the next couple of weeks, the second full length supplement, Into the Breeding Pits will be released. Unlike Thaw of the Lich Lord, this book is less about specific scenarios and more about new rules to give new options for wizards and new play experiences.
In September, there will be another ebook mini-supplement entitled Arcane Locations which will contain some new scenarios designed to be played with slightly unusual table set-ups.
This will be followed in November by Forgotten Pacts, another print supplement which focuses on demons and the barbarian tribes that live in the mountains to the north of the Frozen City. And yes, the rumours are true, the book will be supported by a new box of plastic barbarian miniatures. (I have seen the 3-ups and they are awesome!).
In March next year, all of the mini-ebooks and a bit of new material will be collected into a print supplement called The FrostgraveFolio.
And there, until recently, was where things ended. However, I can now happily announce that Osprey have commissioned me to write three further supplements about the Frozen City! I can’t reveal any details at present, but there is certainly more Frostgrave coming! Also, although it is top secret at the moment, they have further commissioned me to write a ‘Frostgrave related product’...
So, the truth is, I’m booked up for the foreseeable future!
It has been a darn good year for Frostgrave, and a really good year for me professionally off the back of it. So, as a little thank you, I’m going to hold a contest and give away a few things! I’ve got two ‘Frostgrave Gift Packs’ to give away. Each pack includes a signed copy of Into the Breeding Pits, one each of the two printed Wizard Cards, a Frostgrave Ruler, and a resin cast of the Zombie Troll!
I will be selecting winners for each of these packs next week. One winner will be randomly selected from among the followers of this blog. The other will be randomly selected from anyone who comments on this post (make sure to include your name!). Check back next week when I announce the winners!