Wargamer Weekly: Truly Massive Edition

By Joe Robinson 26 May 2017 0

Wargaming has been ticking over at its usual pace this week, along with news that the new edition of Warhammer 40K is about to drop-pod into our lives and obliterate our heretical wallets. Read on for the full briefing!

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Panzer Corps 2017 Championship: Following on from their experiments last year with officially run tournaments, Matrix are going big this time with a new 96-player championship for Panzer Corps.

Launching on D-Day, June 6th 2017, Matrix will also be upgrading the top prize if they reach the participant cap. If you want the chance to win something truly stupendous, call everyone you know and get them involved!

To sign up, email goose_2, who helped make the event happen. You need to include username, your location and how long you’ve been playing Panzer Corps.

Strategic Command: We liked Strategic Command WW2: War in Europe when we reviewed it last year. Jeff even wrote some great guides to opening strategy as the Axis powers. If the only thing holding you back from jumping in has been its lack of a Steam presence, then rejoice – the hour is upon you!

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On June 6th, Fury Software will be launching Strategic Command's invasion onto Steam. The Steam version will coincide with a new update that adds some much needed tweaks to this masterpiece of a grand-strategy wargaming. Read the full details here.

Finally, and it's rare that we get to talk about wargaming on consoles, in case you hadn't had enough of Shenendoah's Battle of the Bulge, it'll be landing on Xbox One at some point in the near future!

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We have an official release date for the 8th edition of Warhammer 40,000. The staple science-fiction miniature wargame will be dropping its latest revision on June 3rd.

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True to form, GW is also going to try and bankrupt you as you migrate over to the new edition. The new starter set, which comes with 53 minis (Space Marines and Chaos), the Hardcover Rulebook, some smaller reference rulebooks, some dice and a ruler will set you back $160.

The worst thing about that is that the new rulebook is $60 on its own. You can also but supplemental books looking at other factions in depth for $25 apiece. Bell of Lost Souls has a great breakdown for you here.

In other news, pre-orders are now open for the Skirmish variant for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. This allows players to play out engagements between groups of 5 – 20 models, and caters to all of the usual suspects in terms of factions. The most surprising thing about this is that the rule-set is only $10. Oh, wait, no, that’s why…

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Meanwhile, Thousands of Miles Away…

Related to the above (but not quite), the creators of Heroes of Normandie (Devil Pig Games) have announced a new partnership with Games Workshop to bring a new board wargame to market. Called Heroes of Black Reach, it sounds as if they're going to port the 'Heroes System' to the world of 40K, so expect a similar experience just with Grimdark sensibilities. The official announcement says it will be releasing on June 19th, but stay tuned.

Of course, you know who else has had dealings with Devil Pig Games, don't you?

Dawn of War III, which Bill scandalously admitted to being a secret fan of, is coming to Mac & Linux on June 8th, 2017. The port is being developed by Feral Interactive, a stalwart developer known for Mac & Linux conversions, including Rome: Total War to iPad.

You may also remember Day of Infamy, the World War II FPS that Martynas looked into for us earlier in the year. Recently, it released the ‘Aussie Update’, which surprise surprise brings the plucky Commonwealth soldiers into the game with authentic voice-overs and apparel. The update also brings a new map, new weapons and an overhaul for the ranking system.

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You can read the full patch notes and details here.

That's all for this week's round-up. Got anything else to share? Let us know in the comments!

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