Warhammer Lost Relics
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The general thought of tabletop Warhammer is that you must spend hundreds of dollars on miniatures, then hundreds of hours painting them, and dozens of hours learning complicated codexes, only to spend a couple of hours on a weekend rolling dice and moving said miniatures on a tabletop. And while some people really do take this path, there are alternatives to this that are just as epic, without all those monetary investments (as Tzeentsh would say – time is relative).

As you may have heard (or read), there’s never been a better time to play Warhammer. The 10th Edition is pretty exciting, and as a friendly reminder – the changes do not affect only the 41st Millenium, but all aspects of Warhammer. The “simplified, not simple” mission of Games Workshop is reaching all Warhammer games on all scales – it doesn’t matter how big the armies are. I bet this really sounds epic, but perhaps overwhelming still. It is only natural to ask yourself: “Where do I start?”. In this article, we will look at a couple of Warhammer titles that are neither time-consuming, nor all that expensive.

Three Games – Three Ways to Play Warhammer

Let’s start with Blitz Bowl: Ultimate Edition – a streamlined version of Blood Bowl, the fan-favorite brutal, bloody version of American football. In this version of Blitz Bowl, six Human players from The Reavers will do battle with the six-Skaven team of The Scramblers. The box also comes with all the cards, dice, pitch, and goodies ready to make a two-player game of Blitz Bowl in less than an hour. The streamlined rules and extremely easy to learn and just as rewarding to master – there’s never been a better time for a quick game of Blitz Bowl.

The second game we’ll look at is Warhammer Quest: Lost Relics. Set in the world of Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, players take on the role of four Stormcast Eternals and their loyal bird, and will have to navigate their way through a dangerous labyrinth they somehow woke up into. Along their way out, the unfortunate party will find epic rewards, but also deadly traps and enemies to fight. Fans of cooperative dungeon crawlers will be extremely pleased with Warhammer Quest: Lost Relics, as the game offers innovative rules, solo play against the lord of the labyrinth (an AI opponent), and tons of replayability. A game of Warhammer Quest: Lost Relics lasts for about 30 minutes – quick, easy, and most importantly: fun.

And the final game we’ll look at is Combat Arena: Clash of Champions. Set in the 41st Millenium, Trazyn the Infinite has trapped four epic warriors from warring factions in one of his seemingly inescapable vaults. There is only one choice – they must duke it out for a chance at freedom, and only one may stand. Combat Arena: Clash of Champions offers fast-paced action, and with every champion’s unique actions and attacks – a lot of strategic depth and color. The rules are beautifully simple and satisfying to learn. A game of Combat Arena: Clash of Champions is expected to last anywhere between 30-45 minutes.

A self-proclaimed warrior-poet, Krasen is a man of many hobbies – ranging from combat sports training, LARPing, to writing poetry. One of those many hobbies happens to be board games. Be it with a fist, pen, sword or keyboard – he aims to be just, merciless and effective.