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Space Marine Adventures, the ‘US-Exclusive’ Warhammer board game

I may have an obsession with all things Warhammer; I may have an obsession with games that I never get around to playing. Of late, I’ve gone through every nook and cranny of the Games Workshop site, various hobby online stores and forums, consuming everything I could. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the hobby (as a fledgeling player) and then I came across the US-exclusive Space Marine Adventures: Labyrinth of the Necrons.

Space Marine Adventures: Labyrinth of the Necrons box art
Space Marine Adventures: Labyrinth of the Necrons box art

What’s Space Marine Adventures?

Space Marine Adventures is a co-operative adventure and fighting board game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Players control one of five Space Marine miniatures as they make their way through various missions, pitting them against a Necron force. It sounds a bit like Space Hulk, doesn’t it?

If you’ve ever played a combat or dungeon-crawling game, then you’ve played Space Marine Adventures. For one to four players, you’ll need to complete one of several missions in a mini dungeon. Players have action cards, plastic miniatures, dice and a killer enemy force. I haven’t played it, but the game does look like all kinds of quick fun.

Speaking of miniatures, the five included figures were previously released in the first wave of Space Marine Heroes blind-box figures. I’ve got a few of them and can attest to their intricate detail and gorgeousness.

Space Marine Adventures: Labyrinth of the Necrons components
Space Marine Adventures: Labyrinth of the Necrons components

Can I get a copy?

Probably not. More than likely not. Definitely not.

From what I’ve gathered, the game was released in the US – along with Warhammer Underworlds: Dreadfane, Combat Arena, and Blitz Bowl – as a way to tap into the market. More specifically, the titles are sold at book and gaming stores along with general titles, such as Catan.

Though I’ve seen a forum post or two mentioning the game is available in Germany and a few other European countries, it’s pretty much a US-only release. And, no, Barnes & Noble doesn’t accept international credit card payments to shipping addresses. Believe me, I’ve tried to get the game from them.

Hell, there’s even two expansions for the game – the Rescue Mission Pack and the Recon Mission Pack – and both of them ae Barnes & Noble exclusives. There’s even a dedicated paint-set.

Will Games Workshop ever release the game in other territories?

Who knows. They’re a strange company that makes strange decisions. I can only hope to one day get my hands on Space Marine Adventures: Labyrinth of the Necrons and its two expansions.