News for September 2009
Tannhäuser: State of the Game 20
A look at the past, present, and future of Tannhäuser.
Tannhauser | Published 04 September 2009

As many of you have seen on our website, a State of the Game is a way for us to give you an update on how things are going with a game, what is coming up, and address some of your concerns. Tannhäuser is the newest addition to the FFG family. We are going to be doing these State of the Games periodically for Tannhäuser to keep you better updated than times previous.

For those of you just joining us, Tannhäuser is a game set in the 1950s. The Great War (known to us today as World War I) has never ended, and each side is trying to break the stalemate. 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. Living embodiments of the reawakened Slavic gods, the Russian Matriarchy is a deadly force to be reckoned with. Their robotic hordes are fueled with the genius of Nikola Tesla, and his electrical weaponry is easily the equal of the Union's technological advancements.

For those of you who have been with us since GenCon 2006, Tannhäuser has seen new forces, new missions, and new entries into the glorious history of this universe. You have seen Yula, Ramirez, and Gorgeï choose a side. You watched the discovery of the Cardinal Points and the warping of reality around them. You have seen the elusive Wolf (who will be for sale alongside Daedalus this fall). You have seen the Matriarchy enter the fight, and the awesome powers of Zor’ka brought to bear. You have been there for every step of the past, but what is the future?

FFG wants to see the full potential of this game realized. We want this world to be a living breathing thing that we have the privilege of revealing. Currently we are in the process of transition. Take On You is sending us all of the assets for the game, and we will be going over them to see how far along all of the already announced projects are, and to make sure all upcoming projects are as close to perfect as can be. We will be showcasing previews of the upcoming Daedalus map expansion over the coming weeks, and there are a lot of products planned to follow it. We are holding off announcing them until the schedule is much more concrete, which means the time between announcement and when the product is in your hands is kept to a minimum. No more waiting, no more delays. We want this world to come alive, and stagnation is not an option.


Tannhäuser 2nd edition is something that we are throwing our complete support behind. The rules are being revised to provide a much more immersive feel to the game, and clear up a few spots. All of your existing material - tokens, figures, boards, dice, and packs - will be fully compatible with the new rules. We want you veteran players to get new joy out of playing the game you already have and love. We want those of you new to the Great War to have the best play experience possible. To ensure everyone has the chance to enjoy the new rules, they will be available for free download from our site. For those of you who love the smell and feel of a professionally printed rulebook, it will be available from our webstore for US $5. We do read the forums, and even though we do not post in them, we make sure to keep track of what is happening on them. The newest incarnation of the rules will clear up a lot of concerns.

Fear not Tannhäuser fans, the way ahead is clear. Whether you throw your lot in with the Reich, the Union, or the Matriarchy, this war is far from over.

Tannhäuser is a squad based game set in a U-chronic past. WWI has never ended and the forces of the Reich have turned to the occult. 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: 2/23/2010 7:13:54 PM

Again, my fear (frustration) is that all these other new games come out on FFG, but Tannhauser seems to be the ugly stepchild that just keeps getting pushed back. I hear FOR MONTHS what Tannhauser is going to be doing, but it is at least 6 months or more that anything is available.

i am as patient as the next gamer, but all this delay tends to make me think that Tannhauser has always been seen by FFG as a second rank game in their arsenal, and all the other new games that hit the shelves so often are the real stars of the company.

Prove me wrong, FFG. Let's see some action for a change on what could be one of your best games...and not in LATE 2010.  I for one have other game companies to buy from that feature German zombies...

Published: 1/21/2010 1:57:19 AM

When, when, when?!

Published: 9/9/2009 1:11:05 AM

Seems like good, sober news, I missed out on this at launch by choice, while I have full confidence in FFG, there were so many new games on my plate, that I had to draw the line somewhere.  This was on that otherside and my early words from some gaming buddies reinforced that idea initially. Based on whats being brought about now, my interest in this one is on the rise again, I will endeavor not to miss the launch of 2.0 if I can it sounds like something I want to be in on now!   :)

Published: 9/7/2009 4:01:21 AM

 This is why this company rocks. Our group has constantly insisted that the Pathfinder system is a revolutionary mechanic that should be taking the world by storm. Tannhauser is a masterpiece that suffered from appalling business management. Hearing such a strong vision from FFG makes me even more excited than when the product was first announced.


Rock on FFG. You know how to please the gamers!

Published: 9/6/2009 12:57:35 PM

Let the fight for Freedom/Conquest continue! Thanks for the update FFG. Can't wait for whatever expansions are coming our way. I didn't keep up with what the European folks did with this game, but I reckon that's what yo have in store for us. Thanks again!

Published: 9/5/2009 10:08:39 PM

Fantastic!  I can not wait to see the revised rules. 

Published: 9/5/2009 4:17:31 PM

 Great stuff!



Published: 9/5/2009 1:51:54 PM

What´s that last picture? Seems like a map from Ksiaz-Environment ;-) Maybe they throw in a conquer-setting, where the players can claim domination over several states/provinces via winning a scenario? would be pretty cool

Published: 9/5/2009 10:22:31 AM

 Excellente, this game and its fluff have excellent potential, hit us with a map pack please, tow or three double sided maps to create a number of missions and scenarios, thats a key element missin from this awesome game.

My trust remains with you...



Published: 9/5/2009 3:14:02 AM

Seems i'll keep an eye on Tannhauser and put it high on my possible purchase list when Christmas arrives. ^__^

Published: 9/5/2009 12:58:51 AM

Really great news to read and I think I probably will spring for the hard copy of the rules.  Just to have them there as I continue to figure out how to play this's a fun one, so the thought of adding components to this is great!

Published: 9/4/2009 11:19:17 PM

Will it be possible to buy a copy of the new Rulebook at Stores? I live in Germany and the shipping from your webshop is kind of ridiculously expensive, 5$ is a nice price, 36,75$ is defininately too much.

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