Monday, December 03, 2012

Press Release - Announcing the First Novels Based Upon the Warmachine and The Iron Kingdoms Games


Amherst, New York—Pyr®, an imprint of Prometheus Books, and Privateer Press®, the second-largest miniature games manufacturer in the world, have partnered to publish the first novels based upon the award-winning WARMACHINE® steam-powered fantasy wargame and the world of the Iron Kingdoms™ Role Playing Game.

       The Iron Kingdoms™ world takes classic fantasy concepts and gives them a new twist with a high-octane rush of steam power and industrial engineering. These tie-in novels will be action-packed, steam-tech, military fantasies that combine elements of epic wartime adventure with thrilling cloak-and-dagger espionage.

       The first—IN THUNDER FORGED: THE IRON KINGDOMS CHRONICLES (The Fall of Llael Book One)—will be published in June 2013 in paperback and ebook editions. Author Ari Marmell has authored RPG materials for games such as Dungeons & Dragons® and the World of Darkness® line. He is also the author of the novel The Goblin Corps, as well as Thief’s Covenant and False Covenant in the Widdershins Adventures series for Young Adult readers.

       In July 2013, BIG IRON: THE IRON KINGDOMS CHRONICLES (The Fall of Llael Book Two) will follow. Author C. A. Suleiman has contributed scores of books to the hobby games industry’s top properties, including Dungeons & Dragons and the World of Darkness. He is the developer for White Wolf’s Mummy line, the creator of the Hamunaptra setting, and the coauthor of Vampire: The Requiem®.

       Pyr’s editorial director, Lou Anders, says, “I am extremely excited by this partnership with Privateer Press. Their reputation for excellence in the game industry matches our own reputation for quality fiction, while the unique ‘steam-powered fantasy’ setting of their WARMACHINE and Iron Kingdoms™ games pushed all my personal-narrative buttons. The Fall of Llael trilogy is everything an Iron Kingdoms fan could want, as well as a great introduction to the world for fantasy readers looking for new lands and new adventures.”

       “People around the world have long been demanding novels that chronicle the epic tales of the Iron Kingdoms,” said Matt Wilson, founder of Privateer Press and creator of the Iron Kingdoms. “We are pleased to be working with Pyr on a series of novels that will be among the first of a vast library of fiction offerings coming next year that will explore the Iron Kingdoms setting and the sagas of WARMACHINE and HORDES™.”

       Prometheus Books, an independent publisher of nonfiction based in Amherst, New York, launched the Pyr science fiction and fantasy imprint in March 2005 and it has since become a brand known for quality both inside and out, from rich, engrossing narratives to award-winning cover art and design. Editorial and art director Lou Anders won the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Editor in 2011 and has been nominated six consecutive times.

       Founded in 2000, Privateer Press is a privately held producer of entertainment and hobby brands, including the award-winning Iron Kingdoms setting, and the LEVEL 7®, Bodgers Games™, and Monsterpocalypse® brands. The WARMACHINE and HORDES hobby miniatures games, set in the Iron Kingdoms, are the fastest-growing miniatures games on the planet and are played by gamers around the world. Privateer Press has won over twenty-five industry awards for the Iron Kingdoms and the games set within them.

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