Warhammer: Age of Sigmar was released three years ago to the pleasure of some, and disdain of others, but has been going strong as THE fantasy skirmish game set in the Warhammer universe. Now three years later the game has grown and changed, and so to clean things up Games Workshop is going to be doing a new edition of Age of Sigmar Core Rulebook. In this new edition will be an expanded narrative and lore, cramming lots of new background and history to the many places and times you have heard about in the game. Also they have managed to add in one thing players have been asking for, maps, lots and lots of maps of all the different locales you can take your armies. Plus they have refined the rules of the game to play faster and cleaner while somehow making it more fun to play. They have even teamed up with tournament organizers and champions to create some of the best competition rules for the game to date. So whether you are a veteran or a new comer, this new core book will be everything you need to drive headline into the Age of Sigmar universe.
You can find out more information on the Warhammer Community website, and look for this jam packed core book on store shelves in June of this year.
Warhammer fans rejoice! Warhammer Fest was this past weekend and in it’s wake came a bevy of announcements and reveals. Most die-hard Warhammer fans who couldn’t attend the event have probably been reading about it via the live blog on Games Workshop’s webpage, but for those who may have missed it we have the highlights right here along with a few extra Games Workshop reveals that were made within recent months:
- A new edition of Age of Sigmar was revealed, featuring revised rules to make the game “faster, cleaner and more fun to play.” The core of the game has gone through heavy playtesting and taken on general community feedback, leading to refined phases and a new command point system.
- Adeptus Titanicus, a new game of giant mech combat, was unveiled and is due to release in August. Players will lead God-machines into battle to combat one another, featuring impressive all-plastic figures.
- Two new family-weight Warhammer board games are slated for late 2018. Blitz Bowl is just like Blood Bowl, but with smaller teams and faster turns. Space Marine Adventures is a cooperative dungeon-crawl experience where players control new heroes (with new sculpts) who try to break into a Necron labyrinth.
- For the only piece of non-Warhammer related news from the event, a new Lord of the Rings board game, Quest to Mount Doom, was revealed with box art and is awaiting a release date. The game is focused on the journey to Mount Doom to destroy the ring, but it has a competitive twist. All players are actually racing to get the ring into the magma of the mountain’s cauldron, while keeping the ring hidden so nobody else knows that you have it.
- A new, alternative rules set for Warhammer 40,000, Killteam, is on the way. This new skirmish mode of play uses existing factions and models, but is designed to play much faster and use less space, allowing for quick battles or campaign missions to be knocked out in a short time and on something as small as a coffee table!
- Several new factions and expandable content were displayed for existing Warhammer properties. Magore’s Fiends and the Farstriders were announced for Warhammer Underworlds. Van Saar was just released and Cawdor announced for Necromunda. The Doom Lords just released and Dark Elves were announced for Blood Bowl. Last, but certainly not least, via a sneak peak it was revealed that more cards and warbands are on the way for Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire.
Phew! That’s a lot of news, and honestly that’s not all of it! There were even more announcements on the digital gaming front as well that’s worth looking into. If you’re interested in learning more about Warhammer Fest, and all other announcements and updates from Games Workshop, be sure to check out the live blog and the community website where there is absolutely more in store.
The new expansion for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, The Malign Portents, is quickly coming; the web site countdown has ticked their mysterious timer to just under a week as of this writing. Games Workshop has announced a third champion in this dark new world, following up on the Knight of Shrouds and the Darkoath Warqueen.
The Fungoid Cave-Shaman is a fantastic new miniature, covered in hallucinogenic growths, and unquestionably insane. Having consumed much too much of his beloved mushrooms, he has been granted “strange and arcane powers allowing him to predict the dark events to come”. Additionally, the Malign Portents Website has a series of videos showing various aspects of the new expansion. Look for the Fungoid Cave-Shaman and the other new champions next year.
Games Workshop has announced the Deathrattle Sepulchral Guard, a new faction for the upcoming Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. Joining the previously announced Bloodbound and Stormcast Eternals, the Sepulchral Guard adds a more devious, strategic play to the game. Like most undead, this warband has numbers on its side, but in addition they can bolster and inspire undead warriors around them. The new miniatures are amazing in every detail, and are clip-together models, allowing play minutes after opening the box.
Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire is expected towards the end of 2017, and you can follow the announcements on the Facebook page here.
Following in the footsteps of the popular Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Games Workshop has announced a new game in the Warhammer Quest Line, Shadows Over Hammerhal. Taking place in the seat of the God-King Sigmar’s power, Hammerhal, 2-5 players control a band of heroes questing to nullify a Chaos plot in the dungeons under the great city. Shadows Over Hammerhal comes with 31 miniatures, a 72 page guidebook, adventure book, 55 cards, 18 double sided boards, 12 dice and a variety of tokens and counters.
Warhammer Quest: Shadows Over Hammerhal is available now for pre-order and is scheduled to ship February 25, 2017.
Games Workshop would like to announce the imminent release of a new starter set for the vast Warhammer: 40,000 universe entitled Battle for Vendros. Below is the official press release from Games Workshop that discusses the new starter set in detail:
The world of Vedros lies in peril; darkening skies had heralded the arrival of planetary invasion, as the Orks mass migration across the war torn galaxy arrived at this rich world.
Overwhelmed the Imperial defenders prepared for a glorious but futile last stand when the firmament was crisscrossed by the streaking trials of drop ships; humanities finest warriors, the Space Marines of the Ultramarines Chapter had arrived. The battle lines are drawn, and the fate of an entire planet rests in your hands.’
Offering all the fun and mayhem that miniatures gaming provides, Battle for Vedros the newest, simplest and easiest way to enter into Games Workshop’s massive Warhammer 40,000 universe, the world’s leading miniatures game.
Battle for Vedros offers you the chance to play exciting games set in the crucial conflicts raging on this war torn world, but also offers so much more. You can not only choose how to fight, but where and with what – a host of options are available to you the commander. The unique appeal of miniatures gaming is that you craft the warrior playing pieces yourself. The appeal of building and painting is universal, and you may find crafting the highly detailed models is everything you want from this fully engaging game.
But you’ll want to take part in everything on offer however, with a Starter Set focused on getting you into the action straight away, and the 6 expansions already available enhance your forces from day 1. Battle for Vedros is easy to get into.
The game pits 2 sides (2 players or teams) against each other (in under an hour), maneuvering your pieces for advantage before unleashing your sides firepower or going in with blade and axe. The Starter Set includes 2 forces, complete with heroes and differing engines of destruction on each side. The add ons available allow you to enhance your opinions with more troops, aliens and combat vehicles.
For those familiar with Warhammer 40,000, Battle for Vedros offers tremendous value for the money including Space Marines, Orks, a Dreadnought and Defkopta.
Taking the very best of Warhammer 40,000, the Battle for Vedros is ideal if you want to see what miniatures gaming is all about the easy way, specifically designed with you in mind. Set up your forces and prepare the dice, the fate of an entire planet rests on you.
Battle for Vendros is set for release on June 6, 2016. For more information, visit Games Workshop’s site.
Games Workshop had to know that there would be some dissent when they decided to discontinue their long-standing Warhammer Fantasy line in favor of a new Age of Sigmar lore. However, some fans are taking it harder than others. A video by former Warhammer player Death, Holy Death was released by youtube user Tremendous027 last week that includes an eight-minute profanity-filled rant by the player against Games Workshop and their new Age of Sigmar system followed by the destruction of his entire Warhammer Fantasy miniatures collection. First the user dowses the miniatures in gasoline and then proceeds to watch them burn. Death, Holy Death wanted to protest the changes made by Games Workshop, and his message is coming across loud and clear.
To watch the carnage, this video is queued up to skip the rant and go straight to the fiery heart of the matter.