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You just made me remember that Battlefleet Gothic exists. I bought the corebox, split the forces with a friend, and played it twice, only to have it collect dust after that.

 

Too bad, it was fun, it's just no one wanted to buy more things for yet another game, in a genre that no one was really into.

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Truth is, I never played ANY of GW's specialist games that I didn't think were GOOD. They WERE good. Loads of fun, every one I ever tried. (Dreadfleet wasn't among them...)

And then they all went away for some reason.

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Truth is, I never played ANY of GW's specialist games that I didn't think were GOOD. They WERE good. Loads of fun, every one I ever tried. (Dreadfleet wasn't among them...)

 

And then they all went away for some reason.

 

That reason being GW thought they were taking money away from their main moneymakers, when it was actually adding money as an item to buy for those that don't want to play Warhammer/40k, but still want to play some kind of minis game.

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As an aside - I got a notice in my e-mail that the 25th edition HeroQuest is finally coming out in March - just a couple of years late. (GW let the TM on HeroQuest lapse....)

 

The Auld Grump

Wait, wazzat yer talkin' about there?

 

GW is doing this, or are you talking about that look-a-like/clone from the Spanish company (Game Zone?)?

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The Gamezone one - which is why I mentioned the Two Years Late bit.

 

I originally ordered this as a present for my good lady's mum - Megan was introduced to fantasy gaming at a very early age, via the classic game.

 

I ended up cleaning up and painting up one of my two copies of the original game instead - and we gave it to Megan's mum two years ago for Christmas - we played it on Thanksgiving this year, now traditional. (A tradition that predates my giving up one of my old copies - I had been bringing the game over since Megan and I started dating.)

 

Now... I will likely keep the anniversary edition, when and if it finally arrives, and play it with our own daughter.

 

And thus does the circle of life continue. ::):

 

The Auld Grump

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I loved the Man O War game, but I could not afford the Dreadfleet and I heard they had changed the scale of the ships. Also I may have ended up buy it had there been more to it. As in if they had re-released it as continued to support it with new fleets and such. 

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The Dreadfleet ships looked great, I wished I had bought a set.

 

I think I could use the Undead Giant token in a 28mm Army...

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I loved the Man O War game, but I could not afford the Dreadfleet and I heard they had changed the scale of the ships. Also I may have ended up buy it had there been more to it. As in if they had re-released it as continued to support it with new fleets and such.

Yeah, it would have been much more tempting if it had two distinct fleets with room for expansion rather than a random assortment of ships.

But then I've already got both Man O War and Uncharted Seas that I don't play...

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I bought Dreadfleet purely for the gorgeous ship minis. 

 

I really need to add those to my painting queue...

Even I will admit that some of those ships were gorgeous - the mechanical Kraken in particular.

 

But they made no attempt to fit in with their ow setting material - the result was a bunch of random high fantasy ships, with no real central theme.

 

The Auld Grump - now a 28 mm scale mechanical Kraken in Bonesium, on the other hand....

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At least the videogame scene is trying quite hard to scratch our specialist games itch.
Gotta love GWs new approach to licensing out their IP
 

To be entirely fair, in hindsight, I should not be that surprised that GW is bringing back so many of their specialist games.
The general market seems to have shifted towards board and other self-contained games.

It kind of makes me think, that their marketing department foresaw this trend, and maybe Dreadfleet and Spacehulk, may have been a way of testing the market for the right time to act.

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As much as I would love to see Mordheim return...I am slightly afraid that that if it does it would be shoehorned into the Age of Sigmar universe as was Warhammer Quest. Even if that did happen it would be ok so long as they recast the original warbands. This 25th edition of Heroquest I'm going to have to look into, the original and Battlemasters is what got me into the hobby.

One thing about how GW handled Mordheim that I never could figure out was why they never seemed to think of it's potential as an army builder. From the original warbands it would have been interesting to scale up into a skirmish level type game and from there to full Warhammer. Also the potential for additional sculpts for pure reikland, averland, middenheim armies even a pure witch hunter army....if only.

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