Last week, it was announced that board games giant Fantasy Flight Games and miniatures games equally giant Games Workshop were ending their relationship. FFG has published a number of fantastic titles that utilize the setting and worlds of Warhammer, along with other GW intellectual properties. In some ways, this is like hearing Lion Force Voltron is splitting apart for good, never to unite and face Emperor Zeppo again.
But hang in there. The fate of some of the amazing games that these two powerhouses created still hangs in the air. Will we see a reprint? Will they find a new home? The important thing is that you probably should have picked up these five great games already.
This 2015 title was a huge shocker. It re-implemented the core programmed order system from the classic StarCraft board game to produce a conflict heavy punch to the gut. If you ever wanted to invade an Eldar Craftworld with a marauding band of Orks or square off in a battle royale against Chaos and Ultramarines, this is the game for you. It’s an epic three hour affair that is worthy of the investment.
SPACE HULK: DEATH ANGEL
This modest card game mimics the fantastic Space Hulk board game with a much smaller footprint and compact playtime. Players cooperatively control teams of Space Marines fighting through corridor after corridor of alien Genestealers. Somehow designer Corey Konieczka was able to perfectly capture the sense of claustrophobia and tension that defined its predecessor. If you were looking for an Aliens card game, this would be it.
BLOOD BOWL: TEAM MANAGER
Similar to Death Angel, this is all about distilling a larger miniatures game down to its essence utilizing a deck of cards. Participants compete over an abbreviated season of brutality. This is a sports game with asymmetric fantasy races and a huge dose of clever. It plays like a more sophisticated and dramatic version of the ever popular Smash Up.
WARHAMMER QUEST ADVENTURE CARD GAME
Before Games Workshop re-released a new edition of the classic dungeon crawler Warhammer Quest this year, players had been pining for a hit of this nostalgia for decades. Last winter FFG released this card based adventure game that hearkened back to one of the hobby’s most prolific titles. It sold through its first print run instantly and was surprisingly successful. It looks like this one will be cut down before it was able to spread its wings, but the base game still offers a solid amount of replayability for a great price.
FURY OF DRACULA
While this game is based on Bram Stoker’s seminal vampire novel, it needed to be included on this list as it’s getting the ax as well. Games Workshop published the first iteration of this board game in 1987, but the most recent third edition from FFG is the most stunning. With a graphical overhaul and streamlined play, this is a hidden movement game you don’t want to miss. One player controls the ferocious Dracula while the others hunt him across Europe. It’s a game of cat and mouse, lurking in the shadows, and spilling blood. You can catch it on TableTop this season.
Have you played any of these FFG/GW games? Which are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
In addition to Geek & Sundry, Charlie Theel writes for Miniature Market’s The Review Corner and co-hosts the gaming podcast Ding & Dent. You can find him on twitter @CharlieTheel
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