Posts Tagged ‘Games Workshop’

Turn-Based Marines: Warhammer 40,000 Sanctus Reach

Warhammer strategy games are thick on the ground, and my current favourites cover both the Fantasy and 40k settings. In Fantasyland we have Total Warhammer and in the grimdark future, there’s Armageddon, the hexy wargame from publishers Slitherine. Dawn of War III brings RTS to the 41st millennium again soon, but Slitherine have just announced that they’ll be returning to the eternal war as well. Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach [Steam page], running on the company’s new 3d Archon engine, looks like it might be the closest thing to a digital version of the tabletop game we’ve seen yet.

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Punch A Pirate: Man O’ War – Corsair Adds Melee

I’ve only played Man O’ War: Corsair [official site] briefly, but I’ve enjoyed my time with it. A massive shark tried to eat my ship. Currently in Early Access, it’s a loose adaptation of Games Workshop’s out of print table top game of combat on the high seas, Man O’ War. It’s a more expansive game than its inspiration, playing out a little like Sid Meier’s Pirates, but with orcs and zombies and all that good stuff. The latest update adds melee combat, so that your boarding parties can really party, as well as Chaos Warriors and Chaos Spawn. You can also turn bits of sea monsters into weapons, which sounds nice.

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Colour & Chaos: Exploring The Art And Mechanics Of Warhammer 40,000 Dawn Of War III

I’ve never seen anything quite as Warhammer 40k as the fire that rains from the sky when Relic’s representative calls in orbital bombardment on an Eldar army. It’s like the finger of an extremely angry god, a column of flame that can be dragged around the planet surface, disintegrating any unit that it touches. Eldar become brittle silhouettes, elevated by the white heat for a moment as if undergoing a warped Ascension, and then they crumble to ash. This is Dawn of War III [official site] and it’s hideous, awesome and garish.

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My Games Workshop Relapse Part 2: Wraithing My Time

A continuing story of reverting to type.

Eldar were, I suppose, my first love, although it was more a matter of being allocated something by the 40K players I fell in with at school than it was choosing. Every other faction at the time – and this was pre-Necron and Tau – had been claimed by another boy, so I got the space-elves. Fortunately, this still seemed like a radical idea at the time, and my boredom with pointy-eared posh people had yet to set in. Plus, Eldar were cool: they had bone armour and ghost-robots and floating tanks, and nasty tricks like shooting razor webbing underneath their enemies’ skin. Badass elves, basically.
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Reforged: Total War – Warhammer Mod Support

Total War: Warhammer [official site] is so close now that I didn’t expect any more announcements that would catch my attention before release, but developers Creative Assembly have just announced that they’ll be including robust modding support for their fantasy battler.

Though it was announced previously that the title would not benefit from official mod and Workshop support, CA and Games Workshop have been working away on the paperwork to make this much-demanded fan feature a reality.

At launch, there’ll be full Steam Workshop support for browsing and managing mods, as access to the Assembly Kit used in previous Total War titles and “the Database Editor and BOB for modifying and exporting database tables and campaign start positions”. Further support, including battle map editing, is planned for later in the year.

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The Cold Gods: Blood Bowl II Adds Norse For Free

I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Bowl II [official site]. A huge part of that enjoyment comes from the base rules of Blood Bowl itself, which create a tactical game so compact – in both duration and fieldspace – that it’s almost claustrophobic. The slightest error can lead to a turnover and a defeat, and the riskiest plays occasionally see the entire run of play overturned in a moment. No matter how solid the foundations are, I’d always like to see more teams. The latest addition, the Norse, were free to everyone who already owned the game (on PC) before their release a couple of days ago. The next three teams will follow the same principle.

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