I was in middle school when a friend of mine showed me a small model Space Marine for the first time. The paint job was shit, but we were kids and it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. This is what brought me down to my local game store for the first time. I began as a war gamer before going down the rabbit whole that is Dungeons & Dragons, and, though I haven’t played in years, I still love the lore and story of the Warhammer universe. So much so, that many of our first D&D 3rd edition games were set in those worlds. Now, it’s fair to say that I’ve loved many a fictional realm, but if I had to choose my favorite… It would be Warhammer fantasy/40k hands down. That’s why 2020 has me so excited as a tabletop RPG fan, because the publisher Cubicle 7 will be putting out two new(ish) books for the Warhammer franchise. The newly developed Warhammer: Soulbound RPG and a re-work of Warhammer 40k: Wrath and Glory.
As much as I’m excited for new Warhammer RPG books, I’m even more hyped by the publisher currently licensing the franchise: Cubicle 7. I’ve always been impressed with the quality of books put out by the Cubicle 7 team. I myself have 4 or 5 books from the One Ring role playing game for Lord of the Rings, along with a few of the Adventures in Middle-Earth 5e supplements. All of these books have been beautiful, well organized, and a pleasure to read. Cubicle 7 also has a tremendous amount of experience working on franchised IPs. Making this an ideal pairing for the company that owns Warhammer: Games Workshop. Now, there have been very talented publishers working on Warhammer RPGs in the past, Fantasy Flight Games (from 2008-2012) for example, but unfortunately I missed those games and they’re largely out of print. (You can find them on ebay/Amazon, but they’re waaay to expense!) So, I think Games Workshop wanted to gather all their properties under one roof. Cubicle 7 had taken over the Warhammer fantasy game from Fantasy Flight Games in 2018, and released 4th edition. Coming off a strong showing for that game, Cubicle 7 is poised to release the new Warhammer: Soulbound RPG that takes place in the Age of Sigmar. Now, on the 40k side, Wrath and Glory was developed and released by Ulisses Games in 2018, however, shortly after the release, it was announced that the rights to Warhammer 40k and Wrath and Glory would be moved over to Cubicle 7. We can only speculate why this happened, but I think part of it was to have all their properties under one roof. That being said, Cubicle 7 is re-releasing a new version of Wrath and Glory. In interviews, the team has stated that it’s the same game, but they are adding new art, taking another editing pass, and re-writing some sections for ease of use. There may be a few changes, but the old books released by Ulisses will still work with all future content. So if your a Warhammer fan, by the end of 2020 you will have three different tabletop RPGs to adventure in.
Personally, I’m excited to get my hands on all three games. Warhammer Fantasy has been on my wish-list for awhile and provides that dark and gritty aspect of life in the Warhammer universe. While you can level up to be a hero, most of the starting classes are things like beggar, farmer, miner, etc… So, if you’re looking to start at the bottom and work your way up, well, this is the game for you. This brings us to the next Warhammer fantasy game: Soulbound for Age of Sigmar. Now, the reason there are two different fantasy games is that Age of Sigmar takes place after the mortal realms have been destroyed, and the God Sigmar calls forth heroes of old to join the cosmic battle. Think of heroes imbued with the power of Gods fighting demons of the warp. This is a more mythical and epic setting, so in order to do that, it required a slightly different rules system. Of course, then we fling ourselves 40,000 years into the future where there’s, you guessed it, still only war! Wrath and Glory tries to build one system that will allow players to create military grunts all the way up to Space Marines. Obviously, because this system was developed by a different publisher, it also has different rules, but it also uses a similar style dice pool system to the other two. So, I do find it interesting that though these are three separate games, they have a common type of DNA. It’s also interesting to note that Warhammer fantasy breaks up the lower level mortals and the more divine aspect, however, Wrath and Glory goes for a system that is flexible enough to allow players to create a large variety of different parties. Obviously, this is because one was developed at another studio, but I can’t help but wonder how Cubicle 7 would have approached a Warhammer 40k game if they were allowed to do so from scratch. I have always loved Warhammer for its depth, and I hope that Cubicle 7 gets the opportunity and time to really explore all three of these systems.
So, if you’re looking forward to adventuring in the Warhammer universe like I am, I encourage you to check out the Cubicle 7 website for more details and release dates. Also, it’s worth noting that they put out the Dr. Who, One Ring/Middle Earth, and Lone Wolf RPGs. There are so many great RPGs coming out in 2020, but the upcoming Warhammer RPG releases from Cubicle 7 should certainly be on your radar.
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