Games Workshop Finally Becomes Affordable

Something's not quite right. There's two sales within two weeks that are worth paying attention to. Something's not quite right.

It's a Humble Bundle. It's being promoted by Games Workshop. And it's got plenty of Warhammer in it.

Somebody hold me.

I've lost count of the amount of times I've heard someone complain or rage against the behemoth that is Games Workshop. Their miniatures cost too much. And GW is farming out the IP to anyone for a quick buck, the complaints go.

In a sense, I suppose you could consider the latest weekly Humble Bundle a very quick buck since the entry price is pretty bloody low. What's interesting is that there are only two tiers, with the second priced at a more than reasonable $8.31 (US$6).

The first, pay bugger all tier, gets you a string of action-adventure Warhammer games: Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, Chainsaw Warrior, Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night, and Talisman: Digital Edition (with the Frostmarch Expansion).

Talisman is actually a board game, which could be interesting. For US$1 (that's how much you usually have to pay to get in on the ground floor) it's probably worth at least one playthrough, even if you never touch it again.

The second tier is much more tempting: for $8.32 or more, you get the Ultimate Pack of Space Hulk, Warhammer Quest, Dawn of War 2: Retribution -- The Last Standalone and the added DLC for Talisman: Digital Edition.

The Dawn of War 2 game in this is the standalone re-release of the Horde mode, which for some was the best part of DoW2. (Not for me, but it was good enough and popular enough that it warranted being split from the main game.) Space Hulk was also a pretty solid conversion of the tabletop property when it first came out, and the Ultimate Pack adds three more campaigns, a Space Wolves chapter, the Behemoth and the Kraken skins.

Warhammer Quest is probably the throwaway item of the bunch, and from what I can see it looks like a very secondary title next to Space Hulk. But getting the Horde mode from DOW2, Space Hulk and Kill Team -- think a slightly weaker and older version of what Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine tried to do -- for less than a tenner is a solid offering. Some of the games are available on Mac OSX and Linux too, including Space Hulk and Chainsaw Warrior (another board game with has an interesting premise).


    Talisman is a very lengthy roll and move game where players try to take control of the centre of the board. To do that, you have to move around the outer edges of the board to become strong enough to take on the inner section. Once you're in the inner section, you have to do it all over again to reach the crown of command.

    It's incredibly random and there aren't many interesting choices that players can make. It's also in this bundle because Games Workshop used it as the template for a board game called Relic.

    There are people out there who absolutely love Talisman. If you've got a group of friends that just want to roll dice and see where the madness ends, you're in for a good time. It's a competent digital conversion that takes away many of the fiddly elements of the original game.

      Hear! Hear!

      (I like Talisman, but you are right in what you say about it)

    ...and thankfully no 40K Fire Warrior in sight. I love 40K, but that's my number one game purchase regret (and I have a lot of games). Worst game in the franchise ever.

      it could of been sooo much better if they didnt try enforce table top rules into the actual game. seriously seeing every single projectile just straight up dissappear after it had gone farther than 30 feet was just beyond stupid. and that was on the pc version. Nevermind the fact that the objectives for a map were straight from the original doom with find the red key then blue key then yellow key

    Ohhhhh, it's the games that are being made affordable... well that's not as surprising.

    I thought you were talking about the miniatures being made affordable (and sold via Humble?!), in which case yes, I would've assumed that people were speaking in tongues, dogs and cats getting married, y'know, end-times stuff.

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    Games workshop took it to far with age of sigmar

      I think Games Workshop jumped the shark when they discontinued White Dwarf in its original format and split it between hobby mag and pictorial mag. I wrote a comprehensive letter to GW in protest and did not renew my subscription. Tough love is where it's at for me.

        I actually still had a subscription fir a couple of those small fat issues when they switched. They were useless just full of advertising photos and no content. Wd had little content as it was by that point anyway. Imo 8th ed fantasy took ot downhill and went from a strategy game to a more random game.

    And yet the model range has just seen another price hike.

      that reminds me - I just saw another set of nice looking and affordable miniatures games go up on Kickstarter this week, and they are starting to get really competitive with the international shipping!

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