If you’re living outside of North America, chances are you don’t know about the Games Workshop (GW) exclusive board games at Barnes & Noble (B&N). Chances are if you are living in the US, you haven’t heard of them, either, because they’re not marketed at you.
I’ve previously written about Space Marine Adventures, a cool-looking combat game in the 40K universe.
However, there are other GW titles you’re just not going to be able to get your hands on.
This of this as a trimmed-down, sped-up version of Blood Bowl. In Blitz Bow, players pits orcs and humans against each other as they clash over some pig skin to score the most points. I’m not a sports guy, but this one looks really good.
The Blitz Ball paint set and expansions:
- Blitz Bowl: Build and Paint Set
- Blitz Bowl: Chaos Team
- Blitz Bowl: Halfling Team
- Blitz Bowl: Skaven Team
- Blitz Bowl: Undead Team
That’s quite the title!
The Quest to Mount Doom is an adventure game where players race to be the first person to find the One Ring and take it to Mount Doom. It’s kinda standard Lord of the Rings fanfare and nothing all that exciting.
You can read my article about it here: Space Marine Adventures, the ‘US-Exclusive’ Warhammer board game
The Space Marine Adventures: Labyrinth of the Necron paint set and expansions:
- Space Marine Adventures: Paint Set
- Space Marine Adventures: Recon Mission Pack
- Space Marine Adventures: Rescue Mission Pack
This is just a reskinned version of Quest to Mount Doom. The biggest changes in Stormvault are the addition of co-operative play and gaming the game takes place in the world of Warhammer Age of Sigmar. There’s just not a lot about this title out there, but I still like the artwork and figures.
Dreadfane is another smiled-down title, this time taking its cue from Warhammer Underworlds. According to a few forum posts, it’s missing some Underowrlds features and the map can’t really be used with the rest of the series. If you really do want the contents of this set, Games Workshop released an Underworlds expansion called Champions of Dreadfane. These are the same miniatures included in Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Strike.
Can’t I just buy them from Games Workshop? I have the money!
If you’re not in the US, then no. Tough luck to you, buckaroo! B&N doesn’t process credit cards or PayPal payments outside of the US, and won’t ship outside of North America, either. You can pick up a few of these titles in Germany or from GAME UK, but not most of the add-ons.
You can get around these restrictions by having a generous family member or friend in the US grab them for you, but that’s not going to work for everyone. I can understand why B&N would want exclusive games, but not that Games Workshop is limiting the exposure of these titles.
Thanks, capitalism (yea, there’s an irony here in wanting a product while making fun of the system that makes me want it).