Blackstone Fortress: Escalation expands on Games Workshop‘s 2018 hit board game, set in the Warhammer 40k universe, Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress. In the Escalation expansion, players face Obsidius Mallex, a Chaos Lord, who threatens not only the Precipice, but the Imperium of Man. The alien space station, Blackstone Fortress, commands apocalyptic power which is now under Mallex’s control and aims to use it against his foes. Players are no longer fighting for treasure, but for survival in a new quest for Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress.
Four new Explorers (including an Adeptus Ministorum Crusader, a Primaris Psyker, and a loyal Servitor), and their accompanying plastic models, are included in the expansion. The Servants of the Abyss are also bolstered by new cultists who sport a more occult, barbaric aesthetic than the Slaves to Darkness in the core set, and are led by a Firebrand.
The Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions Trading Card Game has been added to a new digital platform, the Nintendo Switch. The game was already available on Steam, the Apple App Store, and the Google Play Store. One of the unique aspects of the game is that it can be bought as physical products in the form of starter decks, and booster packs, then scanned into the digital platform to be added to a player’s collection. If players primarily enjoy online play, digital cards can be purchased directly in the game.
Players can create decks from one of the four Grand Alliances (Order, Chaos, Death, and Destruction) who are each composed of factions such as Stormcast Eternals, Skaven, and Bonesplitterz, to name but a few. The release onto the Nintendo Switch allows players to play on the go, with a joy-con and touch screen support, or at home. A brand-new, single-player adventure, Realm Trials, is also launching with the Nintendo Switch version, which contains dozens of hours of content. A new mode, Arena of Echoes, has also been added which allows players to draft from 2 given alliances using a random selection of cards. Using this deck, players battle through a series of League rounds until they gain entry to the prize Gauntlet.
First up is Warcry, a new skirmish game designed by the same team who created Warhammer 40K: Kill Team and Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire. However, this isn’t just an Age of Sigmar reskin of any of their existing games. Warcry features new game mechanisms, and features character driven campaigns where warbands of Chaos grow and develop through their own journey. All models for the game are brand new and highlights the diversity in the Chaos faction who make their dark pilgrimage to the Varanspire.
The Games Workshop and Steve Jackson Games mashup continues as they’ve announced Warhammer Age of Sigmar Munchkin. Now players can kick down doors and fight the forces of Chaos with a dollop of good humor splashed in.
Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress will also get a Traitor Command adventure pack which sends players into darkness to crush a growing Chaos threat. New hostiles include the Traitor Commissar and Chaos Ogryn. Traitor Command can be tackled as a standalone expedition or added to the main quest.
The immensely popular Warhammer 40K: Kill Team also gets an expansion in Kill Team: Elites which brings the deadliest troops to skirmish combat in the 41st Millennium. Players will be able to add Terminators and Crisis Battlesuits, including the Vanguard Space Marines from Shadowspear, Mandrakes, and Striking Scorpions. A new faction, the Adeptus Custodes, the most elite Kill Team in the game, also make their debut. Players can also expect a host of boxed expansions with themed, ready-to-go warriors to be added to the game.
Games Workshop revealed a number of new tabletop games at the 2019 New York Toy Fair.
Combat Arena is a miniatures combat game which features quick bouts of tactical action set on an Imperial vessel. Players pick a hero, represented by a brand-new Games Workshop model, then test their mettle against each other with their heroes’ distinct fighting styles and abilities. Champions such as the Crusader, Primaris Psyker, and Rogue Trader are only a few of the available heroes to choose from. The game also serves as a prequel to the Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress board game.
In StormVault, 2-5 players embark on cooperative adventures in the Mortal Realms. Players select from distinct, fantasy heroes who possess unique abilities. There are hidden treasures to find and monsters in need of slaying. StormVault features optional difficulty levels and random events.
Warhammer Underworlds: Dreadfane is designed to introduce beginners to the competitive, miniatures game, Warhammer Underworlds. It’s a streamlined version of the game and features hazards such as falling meteors, beams of magical energy, and other events which disrupt the combat actions. Both included warbands will initially be exclusive to the set, but they will be available separately in the future.
The Antian sector is facing untold horrors and 2-4 players venture forth to protect it from certain doom. Players choose from 10 unique characters who come from different factions and have different abilities. A scenario is then randomly chosen which affects the rules and objectives of that game. The players then compete to gain rewards and experience based on threats they encounter during missions, as they journey from the outer tiers of the board and make their way to the inner tier where the ultimate objective resides. Their progress inwards becomes harder and leveling up their characters becomes critical to their success. Games typically last 2-3 hours and are designed for players aged 14+.
WizKids are releasing a Standard and Premium Edition of Relic. The Premium Edition features 10 pre-painted, plastic busts for the characters, while the Standard Edition has unpainted, plastic busts. For more information, visit the WizKids product overview page on their website. Expect it’s release in June of 2019.
Love it or hate it, the board game Talisman is an important part of modern dungeon-crawl board game history. First produced in 1983 by Games Workshop and designer Robert Harris, Talisman is a roll and move game with multitudes of characters to play, items to find, monsters to slay, and expansions galore. The game has seen versions migrate through various companies, most notably the 4th edition published by Fantasy Flight Games jointly with Games Workshop. After the split between those two companies in 2017, the future of the game franchise was unknown, but a recent press release has revealed that the newest publisher to jointly produce the “Magical Quest Game” will be USAopoly. Details are few, but it does appear to be the nostalgic game back again from the dead, rather than the offshoot game recently released from Pegasus Spiele. However, the press release discusses “two new licensed editions”, which could mean Harry Potter, Disney, or even James Bond, all of which have been put into games by USAopoly in the past. For more details, check out the official press release from the New York Toy Fair.
Warhammer Quest Blackstone Fortress by Games Workshop is an adventure board game that puts players in the heart of an unfolding mystery in the 41st Millennium. The game is a stand-alone sci-fi, dungeon crawl board game using the Warhammer Quest brand and format.
Players take on the role of a group of explorers delving into the labyrinthine halls of a vast and ancient space station. Everyone must work together, balancing strengths and skills to have any hope of survival.
To start, each player picks an explorer and starts on the adventure. Your characters will grow, develop and pick up new gear between runs, with each journey offering greater rewards – and greater dangers. With each expedition, you will discover powerful “archeotech” and learn more of the Blackstone Fortress’ closely guarded secrets, including, perhaps, the location of its greatest treasure.
Warhammer Quest Blackstone Fortress can be played solo, or with up to four friends, with the fifth player controlling the hostiles. It is a legacy game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe with a “pause game” mechanic. At the end of each expedition, the players return to the nearby port city of Precipice to rest, recuperate and trade their loot for resources that will aid in their next adventure.
Details & box contents
120-180 minute play time
Like most good dungeon crawlers, there is a lot in the box:
• 44 brand-new, colored plastic Citadel Miniatures
• 16 page rules booklet
• 24 page background booklet
• 16 page combat booklet
• 24 page precipice booklet
• 16 page datasheet booklet for using all miniatures in games of Warhammer 40,000
• 40 board tiles
• 234 cards
• 70 counters and markers
• 28 dice
“Many previous attempts to build a lasting fortification at Anvalor have failed. Its strategic location on the Great Parch, a particularly arid region of Aqshy, the Realm of Fire, is of supreme importance. However, each new effort to establish a significant foothold has also irked a new foe, an enemy who rises to the challenge of thwarting the attempt. Equally distant from Anvilgard, Hammerhal Aqsha and the City of Brimstone, the competing factions of those great cities have put their quarrels aside and committed to a final push to rebuild Anvalor together. Whoever can secure the new stronghold will also dominate the Great Parch, significantly strengthening their influence in all the Mortal Realms.” [source]
In The Rise & Fall of Anvalor, players are tasked to build and defend Anvalor from enemy assault but are secretly working to gather the most Influence and secure dominance over Anvalor, even though it may cause the fall of the city. Players obtain Influence by constructing City Buildings and defeating enemies during assaults.
The game consists of:
Over 180 tiles
6 different player factions
3 different enemy factions
There is another 4-player variant included for additional game play content. Expected released date is the end of April 2019.