Thursday, 15 August 2013

Publication Day – The Orc War Fighting Manual

The orcs are here with their own brand of mayhem, lovingly (painstakingly?) translated by Sebastian Venghaus. This is the first of three War Fighting Manuals, illustrated by the super talented Andrew James, set in the High Fantasy world of Naer Evain.

Not the most vegetarian-friendly book
 I've ever written to be fair.
A few words of thanks:

Everyone at Gollancz and Orion – particularly Simon Spanton, Gillian Redfearn, Charlie Panayiotou and Jon Weir.

Supportive writer types – Tom Pollock, Kim Curran, Jen Williams, Will Hill, and all of the London gang. Also: James Dawson who helped me get unstuck during the dwarf book.

Supportive awesome types – Jared Shurin, Anne Perry, James Long and J for Jetpack, all at Fantasy Faction, Juliet Mushens, and Matt Rowan.

I remain incredibly grateful to Jon and David for the lap top.

And if you’re wondering when the launch party will be – October, to coincide with the dwarf book. See you then.


  1. I couldn't find a web or email address to comment to you so I will put my first thoughts of your orcish war manual here. I'm sat in Costa in Plymouth (UK) reading your manual (I'm on page 13) and I have thus far laughed out loud three times already. You truly understand the orcs that are and always in my mind right from my young days of reading citadel miniatures and 25k stories. They are a truly fierce race of people,uncaring for outside social influence or opinion, with little or no time for airs and graces. I've played many orcs and bestial races in role-playing campaigns and now hopefully after I'm done with it my fellow nerds will finally glean some understanding into why my characters do what they do. Really impressed so far mate and I'll post again once I have delved deeper. Hahaha p-onses! This has made me want to write orcish stories again. Daniel Smith

    1. Hi Daniel,

      Glad you're enjoying the book. Thanks so much for taking the time to write, it's a really nice gesture. Get writing those stories I say.