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.
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.
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.
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
Not enough killzone diversity in your Warhammer 40,000? Games Workshop has solved this problem in the expansion Kill Team: Rogue Trader. It adds two brand new killzones to any of your games – The Truehawk (a spaceship) and The Ministorum Shrine. These thematic battlefields are perfect for newbies and hardcore gamers alike.
Both of the new killzones are set in ultra-close confines. Instead of fighting in sprawling wastelands or ruined cityscapes, players must battle at close-quarters in starships and Adeptus Ministorum shrines.
“In ultra-close confines, the board is broken up by walls that cannot be fired through, seen through or measured through in any way – meaning careful positioning is key to victory. Once-reliable Sniper specialists must scrabble for strong firing lanes, while Combat and Demolition troops reign supreme.”
Not only is this a thrilling gaming experience, ultra-close confines is portable as well. Your board and all of your terrain will fit into a skirmish case.
The Truehawk & The Ministorum Shrine
These new killzones are fantastic tools for narrative players – allowing them to start a campaign with style.
“Imagine kicking off a Kill Team campaign with every player attempting a landing in a shuttle of their own while under attack from enemy forces – or linking the Ministorum Shrine to another killzone in a multiplayer game as a group of troops rush for cover during an orbital bombardment.”
A double-sided game board, featuring the layout of the Truehawk on one side and the Ministorum shrine on the other is included. The board measures 22”x30”, the same as the board found in Kill Team. You can combine the boards to create a large play area that can accommodate up to 4-player games!
Introducing two new killteams
Kill Team: Rogue Trader also introduces two new teams. The Elucidian Starstriders, led by Rogue Trader Elucia Vhane, seek to colonize new worlds at the behest of the Imperium’s mightiest leader. The Gellerpox Infected is a virulent band of mutants led by the hulking Vulgar Thrice-Cursed. Who will prevail – the answer is up to you!
Rogue Trader is an expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, and requires a copy of the Core Rules. A 56-page book filled with background and rules for the Elucidian Starstriders and Gellerpox Infected – as well as new advanced rules for all Kill Team factions is included.
You didn’t read the title wrong, and no it isn’t April 1st, in a partnership with Games Workshop USAopoly will be releasing a Warhammer 40k themed Monopoly. Most of the art, except most notably the corner spaces, has been changed to be more in line with Warhammer 40k’s art style, and the properties are all locations taken from the lore of the game. Chance and Community Chest are replaced with Glory and Fate cards, and the player tokens are bits from six of the major factions in the game like a Space Marine helmet or an Ork Choppa. Overall while everything is rethemed and renamed to fit into the grimdark future of Warhammer 40k, you are still playing Monopoly so keep that in mind. Look for this on store shelves later this year, and you can check out the game on USAopoly’s website for more information.
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 Knight Households of the Imperium are being upgraded from a small force with only a single kit to a full faction in their own right. This will provide a wider choice of units and more army building options than ever before.
Over the next few months, three new Codexes will be released. They would be for the Imperial Knights, Harlequins, and the Adeptus Astartes (Deathwatch). The Codex for the Imperial Knights would cover the new units as wells as the rules for Knightly Households, Freeblades, and their Stratagems. For the Xenos, the Drukhari and the Asuryani are being joined by the Harlequins who will now have their own Masques (similar to the Space Marine Chapters) to allow for greater customization and more distinctive armies. The alien hunters new mixed units of Primaris Space Marines and specific Stratagems to deal with varied xenos upgrades the Deathwatch to deal with the large number of updated Codexes the xenos have recently seen released. Even if you don’t plan on fielding these factions the Codexes make for great reading to further enrich the Warhammer 40k universe.
With the success of Warscroll Builder for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar it was time for Warhammer 40k to have its own online army builder. Roll Call has been running for a while now (courtesy of Tom Hewitt) but Games Workshop have teamed up with him to release the official, free, online tool, Warhammer 40,000: Combat Roster. This will later be joined by a digital companion app which will feature a matched play list builder.
The Adepta Sororitas (Sisters of Battle) will also be making their way to the battlefield as a new army. Expect tons of previews and behind the scenes information from Games Workshop as they build up to their planned release in 2019.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar
Who or what are the mysterious Idoneth Deepkin?
“Hidden for centuries beneath the oceans of the Mortal Realms, the Idoneth Deepkin have finally surfaced – a magnificent and terrifying race of soul-stealing reavers with mastery of the strange magics of the seas. Colossal sea beasts. Living tidal waves. Predatory shoals of fish. Aelves riding sharks and giant turtles with bolt throwers. We’re in!”[source]
Raw magic has been released upon the realm. The forces of Death continue to rise and the Grand Necromancer has more nefarious deeds on the way.
“As Nagash’s great work nears completion, the laws of reality are approaching their breaking point. Early on in Malign Portents, the effects were subtle signs and omens, but now, the very winds of magic themselves are starting to rebel…”[source]
With the release of the last two factions recently there has been community concern about future content. Games Workshop have assured everyone that more content is on the way and gave a sneak peak of two cards to prove it.
For those attending independent events, Games Workshop plan on providing event exclusive miniatures to reward the passion of the organisers and attendees. This will start as from AdeptiCon 2019.
The White Dwarf magazine team have also been incorporating reader feedback into the magazine and there will be a survey in the near future which will help determine the future of the magazine.
Warhammer Legends will be the new home for classic and fan-favourite miniatures, though it will not be intended for matched play. This gives players the ability to enjoy all their figures they’ve collected over time in the hobby to see how the heroes of yesteryear perform against the new champions from the Age of Sigmar. Games Workshop will be running Made to Order waves to allow you to finish older kits as part of this initiative. The first wave will focus on the Dark Elves.
The Games Workshop store has also introduced split shipping after hearing and acting on feedback from the community in their most recent survey. This way the Made to Order items won’t hold up items in stock when ordering from their website.
Games Workshop have taken community feedback to heart and it seems they have many great initiatives on the way. For the full preview check the article on the Games Workshop website.
Games Workshop are releasing a new mobile game set in the Warhammer 40k universe which takes place during the greatest civil war in the Empire’s history, The Horus Heresy. The Legiones Astartes are fighting amongst themselves and players need to pick a Lodge (clan) for their Warlord to join or create their own. Space Marines have been turned into cards to be used in card-to-card combat with thousands of other Lodges in worldwide events.
Players build a deck of allies to support their Space Marines and can call in orbital support to dominate the battlefield. The game supports ranked and non-ranked events where players can battle for glory and prizes. During special events, players choose a faction which brings a game-changing award should the faction win. Examples include new cards for the faction and deciding which future events will take place.
On March 15th, 2018, The Horus Heresy: Legions will open up for Beta access on the Android platform (for later release on iOS) which players can sign up for on their website. The first 1000 players to pre-register will get $20 of in-game currency while all pre-registered players will receive $10 of in-game currency.