Who Owns Dust Warfare?

Who owns Dust Warfare?

Ever since Battlefront Miniatures took over distribution and marketing of Dust from Fantasy Flight Games, the question of who actually owns Dust Warfare has circulated within the Dust community and outside of it. There has been a lot of rumour and misinformation on this subject on forums, in social media, and in YouTube videos, too.

With this in mind, I set out to clarify what has actually happened with the Dust Warfare rights. I shot an email over to FFG, and John Grams, Senior VP of Business Development, kindly replied with some answers to the overall question: Who owns Dust Warfare?
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Happy Birthday, Unit Forward!

Happy first birthday, Unit Forward!

A year ago today, I started this crazy adventure called Unit Forward. The aim was simple: keep people informed about Dust Warfare, and try a few different things along the way.

The driving force behind the site’s creation was that too many wargames begin their lives as the latest new and shiny thing, only to drop off the radar when the next new and shiny thing comes out. I really like Dust Warfare, and didn’t want to see it share that fate. So, I identified that one of the big reasons why wargames seem to disappear soon after launch is because news on them becomes scarce. It’s out there, but who’s reporting on it? UF’s main focus became reporting on Dust Warfare news, with the occasional article, too.

Looking to the future, I’ve got plans for new stuff over the next few months. Zero Station, the Dust Warfare podcast, will launch this month, the UF YouTube channel will see more than just unboxing videos, and I’ll try to get more non-news articles up on the site. As always, the door is open to anyone who’d like to publish an article or two on Unit Forward. Just email hello AT unitforward.com and we can have a chat. Oh, and the site will also get a facelift soon!

Also, be sure to follow/like/circle UF on Twitter, Facebook and Google+, and subscribe to the YouTube channel.

Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has visited the site, read an article, watched a video, chatted with me on social media, and said hello in the offline world. Dust Warfare is still in its infancy, and there can only be more exciting days, weeks and years to come!

Happy Birthday, Dust Warfare!

Happy Birthday, Dust Warfare!

Dust Warfare was released one year ago today. Many were curious to see how Dust Tactics would translate to the tabletop, and I think it’s fair to say that 6×4 Dust turned out extremely well! A few days after release it took Adepticon 2012 by storm, earned mostly rave reviews from the tabletop media, and has continued to gather pace ever since.

Over the past year, the game has seen the introduction of three campaign books, lots of new models including aircraft, and a new faction, the SSU. But there have been downs as well as ups. Let’s take a look at how our favourite Weird War 2 wargame has fared over the last 12 months.
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Some Thoughts On Worlds 2012

This past weekend, November 9-11 2012, the first FFG World Championship Weekend took place in Roseville, Minnesota, USA. The event was streamed online at Justin.tv, and I watched quite a lot of the coverage.

The fact that the event, and especially the miniature games were streamed at all is an important one. Online streaming of miniature games is very rare, and the games that do feature in streams will set the pace for others that will inevitably follow.

This article isn’t a recap of Worlds as such, but is what I hope will be constructive criticism of the live online streaming coverage. There was a lot of good stuff, but quite a few things about the coverage could be even better with a bit of polish.
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Dust Warfare Tournaments With A Magic Assistant

Dust Warfare Tournaments With A Magic Assistant

There isn’t much software available for Dust Warfare yet, but there is plenty for Magic the Gathering, including collection editors, deck builders and even a card editor.

One program in particular stands out, Magic Assistant, by Alena Laskavaia. It’s a program of two halves: one half is a collection editor and deck builder for MTG, but the other half is a game-agnostic tournament organiser.

The tournament organiser is meant to replicate the official Wizards Event Reporter software, but because it’s not tied in to the DCI (the official rules body for MTG), it can be used for any game, including Dust Warfare!

In this article I’ll explain how to use Magic Assistant to run a Dust Warfare tournament.
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Keep It Tight

The Blazing Gun: Keep It Tight

Welcome to The Blazing Gun. This is an opinion piece column that will appear every Friday, or at least on Fridays when there is something to say!

One of the things I really like about Dust Warfare is the tight nature of the rules. It’s something that you don’t see very often in wargaming, and comes as a breath of fresh air. It’s something that needs to happen a lot more.

A clear, well-written set of rules benefits both casual and competitive players. Let’s find out why.
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The July 2012 Tournament Rules

The July 2012 Tournament Rules

On June 29th 2012, Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) announced the first edition of the tournament rules for Dust Warfare, along with details of big DW tournaments coming up in 2012. The rules PDF lays out how DW tournaments should be run, and introduces a new Battle Builder, too.

After mulling over the rules for a week, I have some thoughts that I’d like to share. Let’s take a look at the rules and some of what lies within.
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