News for April 2010
The Evolution of War 46
Announcing the Tannhäuser Revised Edition Rulebook
Tannhauser | Published 19 April 2010

The year is 1949, and the first World War rages on. The forces of the Union strive to end the conflict through the use of advanced technology, created from the alien wreckage discovered at Roswell. Their foes are the Reich. Headed by the occult powered Kaiser, this army of evil scours the globe for ways to enhance their prodigious occult abilities. Squads of the possessed sweep through Europe led by the Marquis General, Hermann Von Heïzinger.

What’s more, recent developments in the war have forced Mother Russia to enter the battle. Living embodiments of the reawakened Slavic gods, the Matriarchy is a deadly force to be reckoned with. Their robotic hordes are fueled with the genius of Tesla, and his electrical weaponry is easily the equal of the Union's technological advancements. The war is reaching a fever point... but which side will win?

Since its original release, Tannhäuser has engaged thousands of players with its deep narrative, innovative and intuitive mechanics, and action-packed gameplay. This spring, Fantasy Flight Games is improving on the strong foundations of this remarkable game system with the Tannhäuser Revised Edition Rulebook!

The Tannhäuser Revised Edition Rulebook improves upon the innovative mechanics of Tannhäuser. This 96 page perfect-bound book is intended as a comprehensive replacement to the original Tannhäuser rulebook; it includes revisions to the core game rules, as well as those originally found in the Operation: Novgorod expansion, along with the Wolf, Yula, Gorgeï, and Ramirez single figure packs.

In short, it includes all the rules players will need for any Tannhäuser product currently available. What’s more, players who already own a copy of Tannhäuser needn’t worry about their game becoming obsolete; the Tannhäuser Revised Edition Rulebook utilizes current Tannhäuser components, and requires no additional purchases!

For more details about this exciting setting, head over to our Tannhäuser description page. And for insights into some of the design decisions that went into the Tannhäuser Revised Edition Rulebook, check out “The War Heats Up,” a designer diary by Producer J.R. Godwin.

So what are you waiting for? The war thus far has been mere preparation for what is to come. Never have the three competing factions had so much to gain, or so much to lose. To which faction will you lend your tactical genius? Will it be the technologically enhanced Union? Will it be the occult-tainted Reich? Will it be the electrical fury of the Matriarchy? Whether you’re a Tannhäuser veteran or a newcomer, the Tannhäuser Revised Edition Rulebook will deliver the gameplay you’ve been looking for!

One final note: Although we previously revealed an intended price for this new rulebook, we found that over the course of the production process, our costs were slightly greater than expected. That being said, when this exciting resource become available later this spring, you’ll have two purchasing options: as a pdf download for only $5, or as a printed copy of the rulebook available through your local retailer and on our webstore for $9.95.

First, however, we welcome you to download the 20-page preview of the Tannhäuser Revised Edition Rulebook (pdf, 24.2 MB) on our support page. This sample (consisting of pages 8-27) of the full rulebook will give you a glimpse of some of Tannhäuser’s most exciting changes. Check it out, then prepare yourself... because the Great War is far from over.

Tannhäuser is a squad based tactical board game set in an alternate timeline in which WWI has never ended. The forces of the Reich have turned to the occult, while the forces of the Union have delved into alien technology and developed deadly weapons of war. Using the revolutionary Path-Finding System, Tannhäuser is quick and easy to play.

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Published: 4/20/2010 1:29:20 AM

Excellent. And when do we get the RPG for the setting? Use a OGL and put it out (Runequest would be a nice basis for this and AT 41)

Published: 4/19/2010 11:33:57 PM

Are you guys trying to kill me?!?

First you announce the next expansion for Tide of Iron - which caused my wallet a major coronary - then four days later you bring this out?  Seriously, you should put a health advisory on your homepage!

My two all-time favorite FFG games, both of which had been long silent and even rumored to be forgotten, are now back in the saddle in a very big way.  Let's rock.

P.S.  I never doubted you guys for a minute.

Published: 4/19/2010 11:24:55 PM

Read the preview there and it looks great. I was beginning to get worried that Tannhauser would get lost in the shuffle of all of their new products, but I'm glad it's here. I'll be ordering a copy from my FLGS when it gets released. Thanks, FFG. Can't wait to see the new stuff.

To Scott4263, if you want the updated book, I think you'll have to buy it since it's 96 pages long. At $10 or $5 a download, that's not bad. By comparison my Warhammer Vampire Counts army book is 96 pages long, but cost $25.



Published: 4/19/2010 10:31:39 PM

is this a book you have to buy or will they replace those of us who already have the game's original book? Either way I can't wait. PS make more yula figures

Published: 4/19/2010 9:43:28 PM

Wasn't there a new/updated version with the updated rule set coming?

Published: 4/19/2010 8:42:21 PM

 Arrggg.......the server is getting slammed.Let download  won't start. 

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Published: 4/19/2010 8:40:22 PM

YES!!! I have been awaiting this eagerly. I was dissapointed with the game when I first purchased it but over the next few weeks I discovered that I was playing it constantly. Now a goon squad needs to be released and I will be thrilled. I think it should feature character sheets and tokens for the goons and I think the matriarchy really needs some non-robot goons. If that happens Tannhauser will be the kick-ass game it always had the potential to be.

Published: 4/19/2010 7:45:07 PM


Awesome!!! This is one of my favorite, yet too rarely played games. I am soo eager to try the new rules and to see what will be coming in the future!

Published: 4/19/2010 7:44:25 PM

Yay! Finally! Oh wait, when does it come out? It didn't say. Grrr.

Published: 4/19/2010 7:05:34 PM

Awesome - I'm sure J.R. is proud of this, he loves this game.  That means (for fans) that you can be assured that the utmost care has been put into its design.  :)

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