Warhammer 40000

Devil Pig is the publisher of the excellent tile-based war game systems Heroes of Normandie (2014) and Shadows over Normandie (2015), and in 2018 they released the Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 licensed version, Heroes of Black Reach. Devil Pig has just announced their plans to continue supporting Black Reach, with 2 new P500 campaigns, each with 2 expansions. Specifically, the Orks will be reinforced with Goff Stompa, Bad Moons, and Evil Sunz factions, while more Ultramarines are also on the roster. These new campaigns and expansions will also be available in a new core box. The publisher also teased The Heroes of Valedor, adding Eldar and Tyrannid to the game in 2020. For more information, check out the press release from Devil Pig here.

The Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Fracture of Biel-Tan Campaign Box is the first, big box expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Battle for Ultramar. In Dice Masters, 2 players make use of a team of characters who are represented by cards, to combat each other through card effects and dice rolls. The Dice Masters engine was developed by Mike Elliott, and Eric M. Lang, when they originally created Quarriors! for WizKids.

This expansion features characters such as the Daemons of Chaos and Skarbrand the Ynnari, The Masque of Slaanesh, The Yncarne, and Yvraine. The Campaign Box includes Sidekick dice, Basic Action dice, rules, and dice bags for two players to create teams comprised of Daemons of Chaos or Ynnari, or a mixture of them both.

               

To further expand play options for the game, players can also purchase the Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Blood Angels – Black Rage team pack. This expansion features the Blood Angels and special units such as Commander Dante, the Death Company, and Sanguinary Priests. If that’s not enough, the Warhammer 40,000 Dice Masters: Dark Angels — The First team pack adds the legendary Dark Angels. Special units such as Fallen Angel, Cypher, and the Deathwing Knight join the fray. Both packs contain 3 different versions of each character includes 24 cards, with 16 dice.

These expansions are expected to release around March of 2019.

Coming soon to a game store near you, is Munchkin Warhammer 40,000, from Steve Jackson Games and Games Workshop.

Munchkin line editor Andrw Hackard and illustrated by Munchkin artist John Kovalic team up with Games Workshop to produce the 2019 deluxe-format game that will feature a level tracker board, character standies and 168 cards.

Players will take their army – Ultramarine, Necron, Aeldari, Ork, Death Guard or Tyranid – and make a pilgrimage to Holy Terra. Weapons like a lasblaster and critters like Sloppy Bilepiper will be found along the way.

Munchkin Warhammer is combinable with all of the Munchkin games, so players can mix and match to their heart’s delight.

“I have never seen a game store without a Warhammer 40,000 section,” said Hackard. “It’s a pleasure to get to play around in a setting that has such a rich history and so many dedicated fans around the world!”

Two 112-card expansions for the edition are planned, also to launch in 2019.

Find out more here.

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) award the Origins Awards at the Origins Game Fair each June. Nominees are picked in March and the academy votes on the games in the different categories based on excellence in game design. Well, the winners for the 2018 Origins Awards have been announced! Let’s see who they are!

Congratulations to Cephalofair Games as Best Board Game, Fan Favorite and Game of the Year goes to Gloomhaven! As Best Card Game and Fan Favorite we have both Renegade Game Studios’ Ex Libris and Hero Realms by White Wizard Games.  For Best Miniatures Game and Fan Favorite we have WarHammer 40,000 (8th edition) by Games Workshop. Best Collectible Game and Fan Favorite goes to Star Wars Destiny: Awakenings Booster by Fantasy Flight Games. As for Best Family Game and Fan Favorite we have Azul by Plan B GamesThe Best Role-Playing Game Supplement and Fan Favorite is Dungeons & Dragons Xanathar’s Guide to Everything by Dungeons and Dragons. As for Best Role-Playing Game we have Adventures in Middle Earth – Cubicle 7,  and finally, we have the Fan Favorite Role-Playing Game winner:  Starfinder– by Paizo.

Congratulations to these amazing game designers and the hard work they have put into making the games that have become staples in our homes and board game cafes around the world!

 

 

Devil Pig Games brings Heroes System Tactical Scale to the Warhammer 40,000 universe in Heroes of Black Reach. Designers Yann and Clem previously implemented the Heroes System Tactical Scale in Heroes of Normandie and Shadows over Normandie.  Heroes of Black Reach is being released with two expansions and a demo kit, all of which are available for pre-order now from Iello.

On the hive-world of Black Reach, the Ultramarines, commanded by Captain Cato Sicarius, fight the Waaagh! ork, commanded by the Goff Warboss Zanzag.  Like the previous Heroes System Tactical Scale games, units are represented by punchboard tiles.

Heroes of Black Reach is a game for 2 players, ages 14+ and plays in about an hour. The core game comes with rulebook, campaign with 8 scenarios, 6 terrain tiles, bunkers, Ork Units, Ultramarine Units, 100 cards (50 per Army), and 4 dice.

The Ultramarine Units in the core game include the following:

  • Sergeant Telion
  • Chaplain Elianu Trajan and his options
  • Veteran Sergeant Daceus
  • 1 Tactical Squad (Vandar) with its Rhino and options
  • 1 Scout Squad with its Land Speeder Storm and options
  • 1 Predator Tank
  • 1 Razorback Tank
  • Order tokens, Ultramarines 50-card deck, Wargear and Upgrade Options, Command Options, Vehicle Equipment and Personalisations

The Ork Units in the core game include the following:

  • Goff Warboss Rockbrakah
  • Snake Bites Weirdboy Gravebrakka and Psychic Powers
  • Evil Suns Mek Grugnoz and his Grot Oilers
  • Bad Moon Boyz with their Nobz, Trukk, and options
  • Goff Stormboyz with their Nobz, and options
  • Goff Nobz with their Trukk, and options
  • Death Skull Burna Boyz, with their options
  • 1 Deff Dread
  • 1 Battlewagon
  • 1 Trukk
  • 1 Warbuggy
  • 1 Mek Gunz
  • Order tokens, Orks 50-card deck, Wargear and Upgrade Options, Command Options, Vehicle Equipment and Personalisations

 

The Ork Reinforcements expansion tells the battles at the walls of Gospora Hive, and Zanzag’s escape and includes the following:

  • New rules
  • Campaign with 4 scenarios
  • Goff Warboss Zanzag
  • Death Skull Painboy Grimsnagga and his Grot Orderlies
  • Bad Moon Big Mek Kagbozak
  • Goff Boyz with their Nobz, Trukk, and options
  • Blood Axe Kommandos with their Nobz, and options
  • Goff Runtherdz and Gretchins with their options
  • Bad Moon Lootas with their options
  • Goff Meganobz with their options
  • Evil Sunz Tankbustas with their options
  • Battlewagon
  • Deff Dread
  • Trukk
  • 2 Warbuggy
  • Mek Gunz
  • Gorkanaut
  • Morkanaut
  • Killa Kan

 

The Ultramarine Reinforcements expansion tells the battles at Sulphora Hive, taking place during Telion’s hunt for Zanzag, and the final fight between Cato Sicarius and the Ork Warboss. It includes the following:

  • New rules
  • Campaign with 4 scenarios
  • Cato Sicarius
  • Brother Vandius, the company banner bearer
  • Honoured Brother Gaius Prabian
  • Apothecary Venatio
  • Tactical Squad (Octavian) with its Rhino and options
  • Terminator Squad (Helios) with its Land Raider and options
  • Devastator Squad (Tirain) with its Rhino and options
  • Assault Squad (lxion) and options
  • Bike Squad with its options
  • Dreadnought (Ultracius)
  • Vindicator tank
  • Razorback tank
  • Land Raider Redeemer
  • Land Raider Crusader
  • 2 Thunderfire cannons
  • Land Speeder

 

If you are not sure this game is for you, check out the Drop Zone Demo Kit.  It is a stand-alone game that will introduce players to the Heroes of Black Reach. Players will have to provide two six-sided dice, but the demo kit contains everything to play a full game in a scenario.  Drop Zone includes the following:

  •     1 booklet (containing the rules and 1 scenario)
  •     1 battleground poster

Ultramarines units:

  •     Brother Malcian
  •     1 Tactical Squad (Solinus) with its Rhino
  •     1 Dreadnought (Agnathio)
  •     Wargear and Upgrade Options

Orks units:

  •     Goff Boyz with their Nobz
  •     1 Killa Kan
  •     Wargear and Upgrade Options

 

To learn more about this game, visit the Heroes of Black Reach website where you can find videos explaining the game rules, descriptions of units, and other support for the game.

A big announcement has been brewing in the 40k community and it’s finally out, Games Workshop is releasing the 8th edition of their biggest selling game, Warhammer 40k.  This means a whole new set of rules for the universe to improve the game and make it “improved, faster, bloodier and better”.  They have been working with the community on this new rule set and aspire to have no useless units in the game, that each one will have some utility in your army.  They have even go so far as to launch a new website with a trove of information for current players as well as guides and information pages for new players.  No release date has been given yet but they have released a trailer to start teasing the upcoming edition and you can read the announcement on the 40k community site.

Games Workshop has been having a resurgence lately with new games they have put out as well as new ways to get into their biggest seller, Warhammer 40k.  So to continue the trend of making it easy to get into the game they are now selling Battleforce boxes and Armored Assault boxes.  Both of these lines will offer you multiple figures in a single box to help to either start your armies, or strengthen them with more reinforcements.  Each Battleforce pack will contain 15+ models featuring several basic troops along with higher level troops and vehicles of a single faction to help you field a balanced army.  Each Armored Assault box centers on one large armored vehicle, and includes several troops to support it while it mows down your enemies.  Both of these lines will feature an overall lower price tag compared to buying them individually, so you are definitely getting yours money worth.

You can check out all the different packs being offered on the Games Workshop website, then head on over to your local Games Workshop store or local game store to pick up your new army for the new year.

Games Workshop is most notably known for the Warhammer 40,000 miniatures game, and with that game comes a sub hobby of miniature assembly and painting.  Getting into that sub hobby can sometimes be tough as new comers aren’t sure what paints, brushes, glues, and what not they need to purchase.  So to simplify things and get people assembling and painting right from the get go, Games Workshop is releasing the Build and Paint series of model sets.  Each box will come with one or more models, plastic glue, a paint brush, paint, and decals for you to build and paint all the models in the box.  Series 1 will contain figures from the Space Marines and the Space Orcs, giving you a nice starting point to get you going.  You can check out their launch video and look forward to their release at the end of November.

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In the long history of Warhammer 40,000 (from Games Workshop), and it’s very long, almost 10,000 years long, no event has enthralled the minds of lore-hounds like The Horus Heresy.  Amidst a galaxy spanning quest to reunite the human empire, Horus the Warmaster, right hand of the Emperor, leader of tens of thousands of space marines, betrays his leader and attacks Terra.  He is joined, not just by almost half of existing space marines from other armies, but by the very gods of chaos themselves, goading and guiding Horus and his black-hearted legions in their betrayal.  Now you can relive this moment in Talisman: The Horus Heresy, a digital game coming soon from Nomad Games Ltd.

The Game is Talisman: The Horus Heresy and is a digital board game based on the Talisman rule system and set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, during the cataclysmic events of the Horus Heresy.

Up to four players will be able to take control of one or more of the galaxy’s greatest heroes or most notorious villains. Taking the side of either traitor or loyalist, these Warlords will form vast companies of Space Marines, battalions of tanks and battlefleets of Spacecraft. They are the most powerful beings in the Galaxy and their followers are legion.

The teaser video shows brief glimpses at various components that will appear in the game.  More images can be found on the product page, linked above.  If you’re a fan of Talisman or the Warhammer 40,000 universe, this game should be on your list to investigate.  Expect to see it release some time next month for PC and Mac.

death warhammer

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.