• The 9th Age: Fantasy Battles

    is a community-made miniatures wargame in which two armies clash in an epic battle.

    The 9th Age: Fantasy Battles
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    2nd Edition Beta: 17 December 17, updates through 2018.

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The 9th Age

Fantasy Battles: The 9th Age

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The website will be under maintenance this weekend (May 25st - May 27th), starting around 18:00 CET
During this time, the forum will be unavailable and downloading the rules will not be possible.
Though we will proceed as fast as possible, we are not sure yet how long the forum will remain out of reach. We might push info on Twitter if it takes more time than expected.

Fantasy Battles: The 9th Age is an independent table top miniature wargame set in a fantasy world, in which players take control of armies and set them upon one another in conflicts ranging from minor skirmishes to mighty battles with hundreds of models.

The game and all of its rules are completely free to download and use, and consist of a main rulebook and over fifteen army documents, ranging from stoic men and noble elves to the feral orcs and dread worshipers of the dark gods. You can easily assemble your own army using appropriate 28mm miniatures from any manufacturer.

Fantasy Battles: The 9th Age has been created by a group of experienced wargamers, a large supportive staff and continuous input from the wargaming community. We aim to provide a competitive, balanced and fun game, with updates and new rules to be released regularly.

We’ve created 16 unique armies from the Dread Elves in the west to the Ogre Khans in the east. Each army has different units and playstyles and can be represented by models from any 28mm model company. People said it was impossible, but we have created a game that is both balanced and fun. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourselves.

Happy wargaming.

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  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    Or warmachine as he tends to like tanks and machines. Might be really a better choice.

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    Blonde Beer

    since we are already talking about hobbying with the kids....https://www.the-ninth-age.com/index.php?thread/37901-building-pirate-terain-with-my-7-year-old-son/

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt
    Blonde Beer

    Building Pirate Terain with my 7 year old son!

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  • wcf.user.avatar.alt
    Blonde Beer

    Thanks! To be honest this is the most fun I had with the hobby in years.

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    Arrrrr you sure? ;)

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt
    Blonde Beer

    Yup ;). Especially since he is now raiding his old toys for stuff to use with it :)

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    all that reminds me of The Lego Movie –– have you watched it ?? the ending is so cute, i found it very inspiring for “people like us” :D

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    Please someone add 9th Scroll 9th issue to downloads

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    Admin team is currently busy with other stuff

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    Anyone else having an issue with battle scribe data? Getting an error when I'm updating.

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt
    Happy Aspid

    For me - mobile version of scribe for some reason thinks that i have invested more point in every group that i have actually are. Like 1800 DH of characters are treated as their collective cost is 2600

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    recent Battlescribe software update messes a lot in our armyfiles, more details in dedicated thread here: Battlescribe files for T9A 2.0

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    The Barbarians Warband, via @Kickstarter kickstarter.com/projects/776147335/the-barbarians-warband

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    Is there any ​Playstyle-Army Graph/Matrix (according to ASAW)?

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    thanks for the kickstarter link, threw some euros in ;)

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    Haha ace

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    You should maybe put a notice up, that there was an update, otherwise people will miss it ;)

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    There was an small Update :)

  • wcf.user.avatar.alt

    And what I will do with my life in the Weekend now... Maybe I'll paint something eventually ;) Good Luck with server upgrade.

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  • New

    Tournament Analysis on the example of the WTC

    I want to give you all an example how an event can be analysed and processed by Tournament Analysis. I will use the WTC in Herford for that. I use it out of several reasons. First many of you tried/did their own analysis and started discussions about it, at least it was so on the HE board. Second it was a really big tourney and should still be one of the five biggest even at the end of the year. As we have real actual data=results of the games played and final ranking and it is a team tourney we can show almost everything which complicates the analysis.

    So how do we analyse a tourney?

    If it and the results are on www.tourneykeeper.net. www.warscore.net, www.tabletopturniere.de, ranking.wfb-pol.org, the9thagerankings.com/#/events and on ecksen.ddns.net/eto/#/ than we copy paste it into a prepared file where the macros process it into the format we work with. If it is somewhere else (and we find it), we have to enter it in the right format per hand.

    But what is the format we mostly work with? It is [(Number of participicants) – (Ranking reached) ] : [(Number of participicants) – 1 ]

    And now I will explain it in English.At a small Tourney (6 participicants) with Place 1 SA, Place 2 VC, Place 3 SE, Place 4 ID, Place 5 KoE and Place 6 SA we will award the armies the following points:

    Place 1 SA gets (6-1) : (6-1) =1

    Place 2 VC gets (6-2) : (6-1) = 0,8

    Place 3 SE gets (6-3) : (6-1) =0,6

    Place 4 ID gets (6-4) : (6-1) = 0,4

    Place 5 KoE gets (6-5) : (6-1) = 0,2

    Place 6 SA gets (6-6) : (6-1) = 0

    So as SA has both 1 and 0 points the mean would be 0,5 points.

    What does what number mean? Which average number shows an army to be over performing and which number shows that the army is underperforming? Well, between 0,45 and 0,55 we consider armies to be balanced. Under 0,45 they underperform and over 0,55 they overperform.

    So does in my example ID underperform? Well, I am sure we agree that one single army placement is a bit to few to say exactly how it really is. How much away the true value is assumed from the mean with a certain certainty (in our case 68 %) is measured with the certainty interval. It is calculate like that (here enter formula from arwaker).

    With the certainty Interval we can see if the corridor of the assumed true value is inside the corridor of 0,45 – 0,55. It also explains why we don’t go for example for 0,475 - 0,525. How does the certainty Interval explain that? Well we need quite a real lot of tourney ranking results per army to get a certainty Interval which is under 0,05. Everything above would be broader then the corridor between 0,475 -0,525 and so allow us no interpretation.

    That is one kind of analysis, but there are others, too. The more rounds are played on a tourney the more likely it is that an army shows it’s real strength. The more players are at a tourney the more likely it I that the pairing process brings players of equal skill to play each other. So naturally we have an additional calculation which takes the size and the length of a tourney into account. Later we compare both to see if tourney size and duration really have an influence and when which one. (Of course that only has a chance to have an effect if we have different tourneys with different size and duration.)

    We also used to do some complex calculations to see what would be if every country had the same number of results (= we treated them equal in one analysis). But as that and analysis which tried to capture the competiveness of the different countries scenes proved to influence the Certanity interval in a way which made results uninterpretable, we dropped that.

    The way we calculate the performance based on Ranking reached and the number of participicants naturally produces bigger differences between place 1 and place 2 depending on the number of participicants. That is different if we look at the actual games played. Those games always have a 20-0 / 0-20 matrix and so a 20-0 always brings 100 % or 1 and a 19-1 always brings 95% or 0,95. On that sort of analyse a totally balanced army would get an average of 10 points from it’s games. Here between 9.5 and 10.5 points average are the balance corridor. That kind of analyse can in theory potential produce more precise results than the ranking based, but we mostly get data for that analyse from big team tourneys and very few for smaller single tourneys. Later in this article I will go into more details how the difference between single and team tourneys influences our analysis.

    What does that mean?

    Well if we have the rankings reached by an army in a single tourney and the results of the matches it played, the result of an analysis based on ranking and the analysis of the actual played games natural will provide different numbers. But here again between 0,45 and 0,55 or between 9.5 and 10.5 points achieved on average (equalling 45 % - 55 %)… [Read More]
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    Replied to the thread ID 2.04 BLT question thread.

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    Liked amplebob’s post in the thread Avatars of War (New releases May 2018 on pg. 30).

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    Liked Ludaman’s post in the thread Fireforge Games support 9th Age.

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    Replied to the thread ID 2.04 BLT question thread.

    Yeah I re-tweaked the question to try and stop them wriggling out of it with that excuse. Also since 2 questions were similar, I asked about the Kadim Titan instead.
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    Replied to the thread ID 2.04 BLT question thread.

    Re: #6 and the cross-army comparison nonsense, maybe phrase it as: "Could you please explain, in detail, what differences between OnG and ID cause our strictly worse bolt thrower to be 5 points more expensive than theirs."
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    Replied to the thread ID 2.04 BLT question thread.

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    Replied to the thread Shifting Tides 8.

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