Warhammer Quest Silver Tower: Unboxed

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Come see the long-awaited return of the classic dungeon-crawl! Warhammer Quest is back with Silver Tower the new main game for the venerable series!

Don’t buy into the hate this game is actually pretty dope! Aside from not being able to play it right out of the box because the minis are not assembled it seems to be one of the funnest RPG crawlers I’ve ever gotten my hands on.

Warhammer Quest Silver Tower – Unboxing & Review

via Games Workshop

Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower $150

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Warhammer Quest Silver Tower is a stunning boxed game for two to four players, set in the shifting, labyrinthine lair of a sinister Gaunt Summoner! Work with your friends to conquer the secrets of the Silver Tower, or take the glory for yourself – characters level up and become stronger with persistent stats kept between games. The thirteen double-sided board tiles mean no two adventures need be the same; a roll of the dice can send your adventurers off on wild tangents, with literally thousands of different dungeon-crawl combinations. Included in the rather packed box:

– 51 (count ‘em!) Citadel miniatures: a Fyreslayer Doomseeker, Darkoath Chieftain, Excelsior Warpriest (with loyal Gryph-hound), Knight-Questor, Mistweaver Saih, Tenebral Shard, Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch, Ogroid Thaumaturge, 2 Skaven Deathrunners, 2 Pink Horrors, 4 Blue Horrors, 4 pairs of Brimstone Horrors, 6 Tzaangors, 8 Grot Scuttlings, 8 Kairic Acolytes and 8 Chaos Familiars!
– A 40-page guidebook containing the rules, and a 40-page adventure book filled with the trials of the Silver Tower;
– 36 skill & treasure cards, and 40 exploration cards;
– 13 gorgeously-realised double-sided board tiles, bringing the dungeon to your table;
– 6 character cards, allowing you to track your heroes as the level up and grow ever more capable of tackling the Tower.

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Throughout the mortal realms the legends of the Silver Tower are recounted with awe and admiration. Tales of disparate champions good and evil, brought together by naught more than fate, battling against sanity-shredding horrors in the ever-shifting domain of the Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch. Tales of bravery, heroism, treachery and betrayal. Tales of teamwork, success, and glory-hunting failure.

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Some who tackle the Silver Tower seek a boon from the Gaunt Summoner, others wish to learn his true name, that they might destroy him. All must face foul, writhing monsters, bizarre, labyrinthine corridors bristling with traps and strange, maddening riddles before they even gain the chance to stand before his fell sorcery. The greatest champions, those who grow in strength over time as they solve the Silver Tower’s secrets, even they may fall at this hurdle – yet the riches, power and freedom they could gain drive them ever forward. But for every tale that ends in glory, another falls short, bringing only madness and despair…

Age of Sigmar is moving forward with this combo RPG / Fantasy / AoS themed release. It’s for 2-4 player’s of course comes with all the contents above.

Overall I think it’s a great looking game that is of course based true to it’s hobby roots, and not something that’s just playable “out of the box”  like some of the Board Game counterparts out there. However don’t get it twisted this is a hobby product, for a hobby audience not the captive board game one.

 

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  • Marky Thirteen

    Still…. $150 / £85?
    No thanks….

    • Benoit Tremblay

      some people argue that it’s too expensive, others that it’s a great deal given that there’s over 50 miniatures in the box. I believe they should have made this a gateway game into the hobby and priced it accordingly: no more than approximately 100$. That being said, I drank the GW Kool-Aid and don’t mind their exorbitant prices so I’m buying it.

      • ZeeLobby

        Haha, most of it depends on whether they plan on using the miniatures outside the game. I’d say it’s overpriced as a game, but for the minis, it’s a good deal.

        • Shadowlord

          Yes you say.

          I am onto you.

          Now report me to the mods and spend your allowance on the next mantic release,

          • ZeeLobby

            Lol, what? I don’t even own or play any of mantic’s stuff outside of Dungeon Saga, and I play that alongside 20 other games that I find more interesting… You’ve clearly shown your fanboy flag tho…

        • Aezeal

          I agree. GW should have made simpler or smaller minis and less of them and kept the game cheaper. More expensive and bigger minis for expansion once people are committed.
          GW is probably to proud about their minis and not without reason, they still have the best one the market (barring a few individual models)

          • ZeeLobby

            Exactly. As much as I love the minis that came in the box, having less and dropping the price would have seen higher adoption. Release those dropped as an expansion several months from now, etc.

          • This game has been selling like crazy, most places cant keep up with the demand. So saying it should have contained less, really undervalues the game and the value you get for it. GW cant help that the pound is weak against the Euro and Dollar right now

          • ZeeLobby

            Well it hasn’t been selling like crazy around here (East Coast US). They sold 2 copies of the 20 they got in my local FLGS (I bought one), and the other 2 stores have sold none. So I’ll wait for final sales before I proclaim a winner.

          • Here in the Uk the store I work for has sold well over 40 copies of it as it stood today and it’s a FLGS depends on your marketing and what discounts you apply I guess. But then again we offer a minimum 20% discount on all we sell so maybe that’s it.

          • ZeeLobby

            Eh, so do our local FLGS here. AoS just isn’t popular, and GW stuff in general just isn’t moving like it used to. I can understand why it’s still popular in the UK tho.

          • As I said I think its more to do with the exchange rate being what it is that’s limited its impact in other countries. If the pound was stronger I wouldn’t be surprised to have seen it sell better abroad.

          • ZeeLobby

            Normally I’d agree, but it’s price point is similar to what GW has been charging in the US for these types of games for years. Most people in the US are pretty ignorant of the strength of currency as well. There’s just been little interest in playing these one off GW board games. I mean I know GW has said they’ll support this further, but everyone just thinks that means more character repack “expansions”.

          • Alpharius

            It has nothing to due with currency fluctuations, these are typical prices for us. No one buys it around here, although I’m tempted to pick one up for the neat models.

            You’re seeing things through a UK perspective, where GW is an unavoidable juggernaut. Here it’s just another fish in the sea. The 90s were a long time ago.

          • That comment is a little ill informed, there are lost of other companies people could turn to here in the uk.
            The reason people stuck with GW is to put it simply they are the best. Best models, best universes, best character creation, best staff.
            As much as everyone complains behind closed doors they say the opposite when they have the chance to meet GW high ups.
            This hobby is like any other it’s what you make it and how you use the opportunities granted.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            still same 6 copies sitting on the shelf at our flgs..will still be 6 until friday (when I make it 5) not high in demand for its price. but then this is PP country here.

    • What should it have cost

      • ZeeLobby

        If they wanted it to be a real game, to run parallel to AoS rather than just feed it, I’d say $100 would put it in the range of pretty much all other offerings available. I mean Dungeon Saga and it’s two expansions can be bought for around $100, and have just as many miniatures (arguably lower quality) and definitely more game content.

        • Shadowlord

          Arguably?

          There isn’t a smirking rolling eye smiley dope enough to add after that.

          • ZeeLobby

            Hey man, unlike some people, I don’t force my personal opinions onto others. For example, most of the Tzeentch stuff is pretty amazing. I’m not a fan of the dwarf or any sigmarine, aesthetically, and I would have preferred a female character.

          • Aezeal

            The misting aelf is female

          • ZeeLobby

            It’s so busy I honstly couldn’t tell. Which I guess is the second issue. As beautiful as the minis are, they’re heroes already which kind of reduces the impact of gaining renown.

        • Shadowlord

          ….

          • ZeeLobby

            ….. (dots are fun!)

          • Shadowlord

            Indeed…

            (It makes you all mysterious and cool)

        • Admiral Raptor

          How is dungeon saga? I’ve been thinking about getting it for a while.

          • ZeeLobby

            It’s a lot of fun. I mean it’s definitely no D&D, but i feel like the depth of gameplay is more interesting than Silver Tower.

      • WellSpokenMan

        Isn’t that up to each individual person? GW will sell plenty at $150. Ebay bits sellers will take care of the rest. For some people, $150 is a considerable amount of money even if it is a “good value.”

        • It is thats why I asked “what should it cost” because I like to see what different people feel things should cost.

          For example, based on numerous polls and comments, the average acceptable cost of a tabletop miniatures game, to include miniatures and rulebooks, is roughly on average $210 total for the average player based on their input.

          • ZeeLobby

            But this isn’t a “tabletop miniatures game” in the sense that people are willing to pay those prices. This is for all intents and purposes, a board game.

          • Shadowlord

            I am not? I better return my copy.

            Is it OK to spend it on fake dope?

          • I mean i don’t want to get pedantic over the term “tabletop miniatures game”. I can just as easily ask the same question for any number of hobby / entertainment goods. “What should a video game cost”. “What should golf clubs cost”, “What should an electric guitar cost” etc

          • ZeeLobby

            I know, and everyone will have a different answer. I’m just saying, based on the design space it’s intended for, $100 seems more reasonable to me. Just like Shadowlord would gladly spend $1000 for it.

          • WellSpokenMan

            It’s hard for me to value it personally, as the miniatures range from pretty cool to meh. Generally, I’d like to spend $100 (minus terrain) for a miniatures game to start with. That should get me playing and I can drip feed the rest of the plastic/metal crack as needed. $100 is probably the limit of what I’d be willing to pay, even if it came with less minis.

        • Shadowlord

          Considerable for some, quite accepable for others.

          And that is what Mother’s Day is all about.

      • Shadowlord

        His memoirs from Scotland?

      • Thatroubleshootah

        I won’t buy a board game for more than a hundred bucks.

        • Aezeal

          Yeah I wouldn’t have either except for the fact the minis are great and I loved heroquest and already play aos

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah, I imagine for a lot of people in the same boat as you this was a no-brainer. I don’t play AoS, but I even bought this. I’ll probably use the Tzeentch minis in 9th age.

    • wibbling

      Descent is £60 and has 20 fewer miniatures Your argument over cost is baseless compared to other products on the market.

      • ZeeLobby

        And much cheaper available expansions, and greater character development and depth.

      • Thatroubleshootah

        I wouldn’t buy descent either for the reason of cost.

      • Admiral Raptor

        Decent has proper RPG elements, far more depth, pre-assembled models, more tile variety, and is $50 cheaper than silver tower in North America.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        Descent is a much better game and the tiles are much better. the miniatures are not really comparable as they are all 1 piece plastic weird. but overall comparing the two I find Descent the better game. Descent has more characters and more development as well.

    • its £74.50 here with free postage http://www.alchemistsworkshops.com

    • its £74.50 here with free postage http://www.alchemistsworkshops.com

  • Rob brown

    Really good game, lots of fun. Particularly as you don’t need a GM player. Model quality is quite simply phenomenal.

    • It’s great that it’s you and friends against the game and not against each other. I think that’s been the key to its success

  • Gridloc

    I haven’t tried game yet, get to this Thursday, reviews from friends has been its great. So looking forward to playing.

    That said, $150 is a lot and of those same dozen friends, most will not buy, not because they don’t like the models, but because 2-3 have the game now, so why buy another copy? you want 4 people anyways, so you would more than likely have that one friend with the game with you. Plus if you don’t play any of the armies for AoS in the box, its not worth it (even if you play one, buying ebay would be cheaper). I think this is what will bite GW in the butt for the 150 price tag. Models are great, game is great, but a gamer community won’t need everyone having a box, just one out of 4 people really.

    • ZeeLobby

      Split 4 ways it’s definitely more affordable.

      • Gridloc

        Oh i’ve tried that in the past, it never works out well, but if you have a gaming club, i could see this being a smart move.

        But again, that’s 3 lost sales. Not that a $100 price tag would have been the end all, but $150 does put people on the fence on if its worth having a second copy for your friends if you don’t really need the models.

        • ZeeLobby

          very true.

    • Thatroubleshootah

      I’m waiting till I can snag it for less than a hundo on ebay

  • Aezeal

    Sorry friend reading through rules and discarding them is no argument at all.

    • ZeeLobby

      So what does playing them and thinking the same mean? They’re better than the original WHQ, but not by much. Most deaths or victories still seem to be determined by luck with random encounters.

  • Admiral Raptor

    At $100 I’d already have a copy. At $180 I’ll get the models I like from e-bay or china.

  • trn

    I am the market for a dungeon crawler, but this is twice the price of Dungeon Saga. Putting personal preference for GW or Mantic minis aside, how does this compare from a gameplay perspective? Does it offers more variety, more replayability? Are games longer? I’d be interested if anyone has played both as all I’m getting so far is this is ‘fun’ and has 51 GW minis (but no doors).

  • frankelee

    That it’s a board game sort of precludes it, but still I think this would have been the ideal starter for Age of Sigmar. The theme of the setting finally comes through, along with its distinctiveness compared with Warhammer Fantasy. The actual starter just looked clownish, and the forces were wrongly designed, they should have been more based on heroes and had greater diversity in factions and model types.

    The rumor that it’s going to big retail chains seems like even more of a joke now given its price and its strangeness, though.

    • Rob brown

      I agree that it makes a good starter for Age of Sigmar, acclimatising older players to concepts like fixed to hit rolls and a reduced number of powers/spells/items.

      However I don’t see how it is typically AOS in style or theme. For me it fits perfectly well within the Old world, as did the board games that preceded it.

  • Satyan Patel

    I bought the game. Not a fan of the price here in the US, but it’s an opportunity to play with my family. Really like the heroes that came packed in so no need for more heroes right now. Downloaded the app too and saw a Assassin hero which fits the profile for ninja / monk, and digging through my heroclixs I found the perfect proxy. The only expansions I am truly interested in are more tiles, book of scenerios, with more enemies new and old from warhammer and I’m golden. More heroes for other customers though I’m quite happy with.

  • DeadlyYellow

    Aw man, that walking fish is killer.

  • DeadlyYellow

    Can’t say I’m surprised. The main systems feel bloated and aged, and I hear tell of their licensed games being only slightly more riveting than a child’s bedtime story.

    I have Descent 2nd Ed, and this really makes me want to pick up those four or five expansions I could have instead.

  • Rob brown

    A lot of people talking about the price, not so many people talking about the game which is a shame. I got my old WHQ box out and it is amazing to see the difference in quality between the old card, box, books, art and miniatures.

    I would like to see them expand WHQ at the same as selling minis for the fantasy line. New rooms with cards could easily be released without having to do a who set release, as could adventures. Expansions could focus around releases for the other goods, or other locations. Very excited

  • Alpharius

    I like these models, but .. Fyreslayer Doomseeker? Stuff like this is why I will never, ever, ever play Age of Sigmar, even if they gave me all the armies free and fully painted by the GW studio.