For long time readers, they may have seen the journey and my love of board games evolve over the years and the origins of that love all stems from tabletop wargaming specifically Warhammer 40,000.

Games Workshop is no stranger to the board game sector, with a lengthy partnership with Fantasy Flight Games. Unfortunately, in September 2016 there was a devastating split and I’m not talking about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, no I’m talking about something much more traumatic, Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight games parted ways. I’ll just give you a minute to let that sink in, it still hurts now to know there will never be any more factions for Forbidden Stars, but that is another conversation for another therapy session.

This left me wondering about what direction Games Workshop will go in when it comes to future board games. Are they taking it all back in house? Maybe a new partnership? For the love of God what!?

What we do know is that Coiledspring partnered up with Games Workshop to become the exclusive distributor of Talisman: The Magical Quest Game and 6 of its expansions. Great if you are a fan of Talisman, but what about new stuff?

Low and behold this morning an email hit my inbox that got me very excited, no it wasn’t a nude of Luke Hector, I wait in anticipation for that. It was from Iello announcing the release of…

Heroes of Black Reach is a blend of Warhammer 40K and Devil Pig’s Heroes System of which their games Heroes of Normandy and Shadows over Normandy is built on.

For a game that was announced in May 2017 I’m surprised this hasn’t had as much attention, as I would come to expect with anything Warhammer related. I know for me this is the first time I’m hearing about it and I like to think I keep my ear quite close to the ground on board games licenced by Games Workshop.

With that in mind, I can’t wait to check this out because as much as I enjoy painting miniatures, these days I just don’t have the time. I have longed for a game that incorporates all the things I love about the Warhammer 40,000 universe with the framework of an actual tactical game that’s close to a tabletop version. The various possibilities of Heroes of Black Reach has me on tenterhooks at the thought I may have finally found a substantial substitute for Warhammer 40K and that I may be able to get my Dark Eldar on after all.

I’d like to hear board gamers and wargamers thoughts on this one, YaY or NaY?

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