Warhammer 40K: Wrath & Glory, the sc-fi wargame’s official tabletop RPG, got another new adventure on Friday, titled On the Wings of Valkyries. The second of a four-part series from publisher Cubicle 7, it follows the events of earlier release The Bloody Gates, and sees your (now more experienced) strike squad of human troopers continue the fight for Hive Tora Armis. This time it means tracking down and taking out a Chaos “witch” named Raurok the Herald.
Armed with the upgraded stats, abilities, and wargear that come with ascending to the game’s Tier Two setting, the player characters are tasked with storming the Hive’s Spire, a miles-high skyscraper overrun by the “twisted acolytes” of Raurok, a warp-touched sorcerer serving Nurgle, the Chaos god of plague and decay. On Raurok’s side, a small army of cultists at least – plus an apparent daemonic ally waiting in the wings for a late-adventure boss battle. On the players’ side is a “gang of hive scum” (combat effectiveness unknown). Just another day at the Warhammer 40K office, then.
“My favourite thing in the adventure is the opening, which has you storming the top of the spire by Valkyrie, with a company of Tempestus Scions,” the adventure’s writer Martin Lloyd tells Wargamer – “straight away you’re in a game that can only by 40K”.
“The opening of part three, which I’m not going to spoil, should also deliver a massive adrenalin hit to any table,” he adds.
Lloyd tells us writing the adventure – which seems like it contains at least a generous dash of Die Hard – was “a blast”.
“I loved extending the mechanics for Ruin and Glory to simulate what’s going on on the battlefield around the characters,” he explains.
“Being able to do things like call in airstrikes or boss about less important units is great for players, while GMs can have fun with stuff like snipers, mines and even friendly fire.”
The previous instalment in the series, The Bloody Gates, saw a group of human dregs assigned to a penal colony being sent on a probable suicide mission against Chaos forces, and coming face to face with the mouldering walking corpses and rictus grins of many (many) Poxwalkers, among other foes.
Wrath & Glory is the latest in a long line of Warhammer 40K-inspired tabletop roleplaying games, and has enjoyed a positive community reaction since it released its full rulebook in 2020. So far in 2021, new adventure content has been released every few weeks.
Featuring a d6 pool game system, a relatively complex roster of rules and mechanics, and a deep well of lore-appropriate roleplaying content, the game has drawn praise for its faithful representation of 40K’s deadly, grimdark worlds.
Publisher Cubicle 7 also produces the Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soulbound tabletop RPG, and the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying Game, alongside various other titles.