Games Workshop’s latest board game was announced over the weekend with little fanfare, but it actually has tremendous value. Warhammer 40,000: Fireteam It’s only $ 49.99, but it has the same kind of drama as the rebooted version of Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team. The $ 49.99 Barnes & Noble exclusive goes on sale September 11. Here’s how it works and why it’s so important to the famous and complex desktop franchise.
Starting with any of the Games Workshop properties can seem like a scavenger hunt of sorts. For example, you can choose the last set of Kill team in you local game store and online for approximately $ 170 – but you don’t actually have two complete sets of troops inside that box. For that, you’ll have to wait a bit longer for Krieg and Ork’s indie miniature sets to hit store shelves … or buy a second starter set. Also, once you put it all together, you will need a place to store it all, as it is simply not possible to put that much toothpaste back into your cardboard tube.
With Fireteam, you actually get two full fighting forces inside the box. You also get a nice plastic package that keeps everything you need to play in one place. It’s a very portable experience and it only takes 30-45 minutes to play a game. That means you can walk into your friend’s house or local game store, play a few games in about an hour, and get on with your day. It’s fast and satisfying, and comes with a large selection of push-fit models included with the coveted Warhammer 40,000: Untamed set in box.
The set of rules for playing Fireteam is a shortened version of the new Kill team experience. The movement is abstracted from inches to hexagons, but in general everything else is the same. Players even use similar stat blocks to control their units in both games. the Fireteam comes with a campaign mode, just like its big brother Kill team, which means you can unite multiple missions with a friend and upgrade your individual units along the way. Best of all, there are cards inside the box detailing four additional armies, one for each Militarum Tempestus, the T’au Empire, Orks, and Harlequins – which can be built with just one additional box of models each.
When the original Kill team launched in 2018, it was seen by many as the gateway for people to get involved in the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop war game. That never worked due, in part, to the weirdness and complexity of its rules. But Fireteam is clearly meant to be the gateway for people to access the new version of Kill team. If you were undecided about that rebooted skirmish game, or were looking to save a bit of money and just hold hands to paint some miniatures with a game objective in mind, Warhammer 40,000: Fireteam it is the new best entry point to the franchise.
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