News Round-Up - Sovereignty Emerges, Games Workshop Rebounds, Shrapnel Sale and more!

By Joe Robinson 13 Jan 2017 0

Welcome to this week’s wargaming wrap-up, where we take a look at some of the more interesting news and happenings in our favourite hobby. Everything has picked up quite decidedly this week, so let’s jump right to it.

Matrix Games/Slitherine

The eternal wargames company has had a lot to talk about this week, including more Sanctus Reach, so here’s a run-down of everything they’ve announced:

Sovereignty: Crown of Kings

This game occupies similar ball-parks to that of Total War or Europa Universalis. It’s Fantasy, it’s Grand-Strategy, but you can also fight some of the tactical battles as well on hex-grid maps. It’s been in Early Access since the dawn of time, and was made by Gothic Labs with help from the Panzer Corps guys.

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Some of the more prominent changes that have occurred recently is that the game has been ported to a new engine, and an over-hauled trade system. Sovereignty will be leaving Early Access on February 2nd, although you can still buy into it on Steam right now if you want.

Sanctus Reach – Ork Unit Cards

I bet you’re almost getting tired of hearing about Sanctus Reach, right? Well we’ve got six days to go, so by this point next week you should have read our review!

You’ll remember last month Matrix posted up some snazzy info cards for the Space Wolves in Sanctus Reach? Well now they’ve done the same for the Orks.

You can read all the deets here.

DLC & Updates

2016's Tigers on the Hunt is getting its first DLC titled ‘Kursk’ that focuses on the events of Operation Citadel. It contains three Campaign Game Scenarios, which we understand are larger than normal scenarios. As always, there’s no release information other than ‘Soon’.

MultipleFires

If you’re still playing 2012’s Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue, you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s been updated to Version 1.08f, which comprises of a big update to the code-base, as well as other overhauls and future-proofing. Read the full change log.

Games Workshop in the Black

You’ll remember last year Games Workshop posted that that their upcoming financial report was looking pretty good. That report has now dropped, as the Telegraph noted, and it seems they’ve done very well for themselves indeed.

Profit nearly doubled for the six months prior to November 27th, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 (which was a rough year for them). Revenue also jumped 28%, and their share price rose by 5% on Tuesday.

They’re one of the few companies that are actually benefited from the weakening pound, as they have a large international presence. It’s easy to hate on Games Workshop for what they’ve done regarding Age of Sigmar and their pricing levels in general, but you can’t argue with results – they very much speak for themselves.

Shrapnel Games

We don’t often report on Shrapnel Games, but since January isn’t finished yet we thought we should point out that they are having a sale over on their website. You can read the full details here, but it looks like they’ve discounted their entire inventory with savings ranging between $5 and $10.

They’re also revamping their website and forums sometime in 2017, so keep an eye out for that.

Fantasy Flight Games Updates

The main headline from FFG this week is that they’ve finally announced a Big Ship for the Scum faction in X-Wing: TMG.

The C-ROC Cruiser is a bit of a beast, and it comes with a M3-A Interceptor with an alternative paint scheme. There are plenty of upgrade cards and a damage deck to boot, so you’ll have everything you need to fly the flag of scum everywhere in the Epic or Cinematic Play formats.

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As a follow up from last week’s mention, FFG also posted another article looking at their upcoming RuneWars Miniatures Game. Before you had a preview of the command dials and how they worked, and now you can read about how movement in the game is handled.

Privateer Press New & Future Releases

The creators of Warmachine and Hordes have release some new products as well, along with offering up previews of their April release.

Our brothers and sisters in arms over at TabletopGaming have done admirable write ups, which you should check out for the full details.

Highlights of the new releases include a new sourcebook for the Protectorate of Menoth, while in April you can look forward to two additional tomes – Khador Command & Cryx Command.

That’s all for this week’s update – hope you have a good weekend gaming, and if there’s anything you think we’ve missed please do post about it in the comments below! 

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