The 9th Age continues to impress with community involvement and moving forward with new factions for the game. Here is the latest look ahead for the 9th Age.

It's important to note that this book will come after the current 16 factions get done, as these have priority.

Also take a look below, as The 9th Age is holding a contest for short stories and artwork. So those of you holding back on your talents, it may be time to show off your metal.

via T9A Forums

Hello T9A fans,
Several of you had questions about a possible T9A mercenary faction, and here is some information about it:

The 9th Age definitely has plans to make a mercenary book. We can even reveal the title of the book here: the faction book will be called Iron Crowns.

We are not working on the Iron Crowns book at the moment, because the main rule-set and current 16 faction books take top priority, as well as the ongoing work on the creation of The 9th Age world with its background. But please know that the Iron Crowns book is definitely on our wish list! We currently plan and hope that the release will be somewhere in 2017.

As you know, we are a community driven game and very proud of that. To ensure the quality and balance of the game, we follow a specific procedure to create official The 9th Age supplements. One of the main reasons we all like to play The 9th Age is the quality of the rules, in combination with the internal balance of the faction books. As you might already know, the creation process for official supplements involves many teams, such as a rules team, an army book committee, an army support team, a balance board and a data analysis team. And a lot of coffee and nightly discussions, of course.

One of the great benefits about being a community driven game is having many enthusiastic players. It is those players, you, we'd like to thank for the results so far. Sometimes you create rules and books yourselves, eager to add a supplement. And even though we are often tempted to put an "official" stamp on those products, we are keen to follow the creation procedures to maintain the balance of the game. But each member of the community can also apply for a staff function and contribute that way.

On behalf of The 9th Age staff

via The 9th Age
Following the release of the Sylvan Elves army book, and to celebrate the wealth of talent in our community, we are holding a competition to find the best artworks and short stories submitted by our players.

All entries, once checked over, will be posted for everyone to read, and the winners will be selected by the heads of the Background and Art teams. The winners will be eligible to use the "Hired Swords" tags, and join an elite group of 9th Age stars! You can read all entries here as they become available.

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