How To Play Gorechosen Board Game

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Gorechosen is the new board game from GW. Here is a quick look at how to play the newest installment to Age of Sigmar!

This game is pretty simple and pretty fun. It can be set up and played in less than an hour and we can see this being used as a social drinking games between some friends.


Here are some screen shots from this How To Play video that explains exactly how the game plays out.


Each Action card has three ways to play it, move, defend, and of course attack. However some of your hardest hitting attacks are also very good blocking actions as well, so you must decide wisely which is worth more to you!


Even the board spaces can damage you, from flying to your death in a pit, or getting slammed into the outer wall or obstacle.


Initiative is the key to actions in this game, the more wrath you have, the more activation cards you get. Each player’s activation cards are shuffled to form the activation deck, so you never know if and when it will be your turn to perform an action!

The more you’re damaged or the more abilities you play in lieu of attacks, the more wrath you get,. While the more damage you inflict generally the more wrath you lose, and the less you activate to attack!

Striking a careful balance between attacking and defending may be the the key to keeping your character’s head firmly attached to his body.

Don’t miss this game, it’s a blast!

Source: Games Workshop

Gorechosen: $60.00


The Bloodbound – these are the lunatics who have passed the trials of Khorne, proving themselves worthy of his violent gifts. Since the dawn of the Age of Chaos, they have destroyed kingdoms and empires in a stunning tide of ferocity, reaping blood and skulls for their god. The most devoted, those who have trodden the bloodstained Path to Glory, are the Gorechosen. True glory for these elites of Chaos lies in offering the mightiest skulls to Khorne – and what skull mightier than that of another Gorechosen?

The Game

Gorechosen is a game of brutal, fast-paced arena combat for 2-4 players. In this game, four champions of Khorne are thrown into the pit, fighting bitterly against each other to prove who is the most worthy of the Blood God’s gifts! Fight every man for himself, or team up against the strongest player to decide who is the most favoured of Khorne – lots of variations and tweaks to the bloodthirsty core game rules are included.

The Contents

– 4 Gorechosen Champion miniatures, each with their own ultraviolent playing styles and signature moves:
Redarg Bloodfane, Exalted Deathbringer;
Kore Hammerskull, Skullgrinder;
Heldrax Goretouched, Slaughterpriest;
Vexnar the Reaper, Aspiring Deathbringer;
– a double-sided arena board with hex grid;
4 Fighter Reference cards, with rules and health trackers;
– 52 Action, Initiative and Critical Injury cards;
– 16 page rulebook, which includes rules for an additional four Gorechosen characters;
– assorted tokens and dice necessary to play.

Setting up and playing a game of Gorechosen should take around an hour – quick enough to please the Blood God.

~This is a great fast paced game that will offer a lot of fun and excitement to many Warhammer and boardgame lovers across the world!

  • Xodis

    Has anyone posted who the other 4 models are that have included rules yet?

    • EnTyme

      Bloodstoker, Bloodsecraor, Slaughterpriest with Hackblade and Wrathhammer, and Exalted Deathbringer with Impaling Spear. Basically the rest of the Gorechosen formation.

      • Xodis

        Thats what I was hoping, but you never know.

  • euansmith

    According to all of the other articles about this game, that focus on the “massive savings” in buying the minis this way, I assume you play Gorechosen by assembling and painting the minis and then using them in your games of Age of Sigmar.

    This seems a shame, as the actual game appears to have some fun mechanics of its own.

    • Xodis

      There have been a couple good points made about the rules, but yeah it seems that everyone is more excited for half off over priced models.

    • NNextremNN

      I don’t play AoS and I’m not a big fan of Chaos anyway but this game seems fun to play. And I think about bringing it to the next board game night and play it with some non Warhammer friends.

    • benn grimm

      I’d love to read an unbiased review rather than just another thinly disguised advert.

      • Aezeal

        hmm not asking much are we?

        • Aezeal

          Why don’t you start your requests smaller.. by asking for world peace 😀

          • benn grimm

            Yeah, my bad… I know impartiality isn’t particularly valued round these parts, but I literally cannot find a single review of this game anywhere which doesn’t refer to the ‘great value’ of 4 infantry sized models for 60 dollars and not much else.

            There’s a place for shameless endorsement, but it shouldn’t be all there is.

          • Xodis


            This is the most non-bias I can find.

          • benn grimm

            Yeah, not much out there unfortunately, cheers anyway.

          • Frank Krifka

            I would agree with you if it wasn’t true.

            P.S. Posting the same thing on every review make it look like you’re just looking really hard for something to hate in these games. If that’s what you’re looking for, I’m pretty sure you can find it yourself.

          • benn grimm

            Tbh, I pulled back from making an entirely negative post based on my thoughts, feelings and suspicions and just went with an honest expression of how disappointed I am at an approach which adds little to either my knowledge or anyone else’s.

            The truth is, I looked for a good half an hour last night for a decent review on this game, all I got was a whole bunch of the same empty endorsements. That’s disappointing.

            Honestly? I don’t need to look far to find things to hate, but I’m trying to be more constructive. I’m a big fan of gw and what they produce on the whole, not so much the approach they take or all the saps who cry ‘fantastic’ when something’s actually mediocre at best. I would be genuinely interested in a review with a little intelligence and a little integrity and il be damned if I’m going to just keep that to myself just because it irks people like you.

          • Joe

            “I don’t need to look far to find things to hate” That sounds like a horrible way to go through life.

          • benn grimm

            Not really. By being aware of what is going on around me, I can generally avoid the worst of humanity. I work with human beings, in a difficult job which regularly exposes me to scumbags of the worst kind. So i don’t have far to go to find something to hate, if looking for something to hate was an activity I particularly wanted to partake in. Funnily enough, it isn’t…

          • Frank Krifka

            I didn’t say it irked me. I look for your post every time a BOLS contributor writes a review. You’re like a little black rain cloud that’s always just on the horizon… Seeing you doesn’t necessarily mean rain, but your gonna try damn hard to block out what little sun you can.

            I’m really curious as to what your looking for in terms of review with “a little intelligence and integrity”. This isn’t Lacan’s “Ecrits” written in the original French. The minatures are nearly half price, and nearly everyone I know whose played it says nearly the same thing: “It’s fun”. Does that means they’re trying to win brownie points with the GW Hivemind? Does it mean they’re just shallow subhumans who say they like it because they’re fanboys? Or does it mean that the most people who play the game find it generally fun?

            Maybe you’re the guy who needs a deep and probing analysis of everything before he makes up his mind. Do you need the differences between Ben and Jerry’s vanilla ice cream and Haagen-Daas vanilla ice cream spelled out for you by a career vanilla ice-cream taster before you can decide which to buy? Do you read hundreds of reviews before you decide what color underwear to buy from Target? Do you have a preferred reviewer who honestly and deeply divides the differences between high thread count micro-fiber socks and medium thread count Egyptian cotton socks?

            It’s a board game that seems relatively fun and if it’s lame, you have the miniatures anyway. Seems Win-win to me.

            But then again, I’m no little black rain cloud….

          • benn grimm

            Lol. Nice to know you care. Maybe you can be my own little personal raincloud?

            I just appreciate impartiality, and I don’t know anyone who bought this game. I’m glad your friends found it fun. Maybe one of them can write a review of it and explain why.

            I’m actually a pretty easy going guy. If I see a video game I’m interested in, I look for a review. Then I look for a contrasting one. Something I learned at Uni, called checking sources. Same with warhammer. Why should wargamers get less than video gamers?

            Of course it’s win win to you, and that’s fine. I don’t have a problem with anyone liking something or not liking something. Certainly not enough to try and psychologically analyze a stranger on the Internet about it.

          • Frank Krifka

            Fair play!

            Believe it or not, I totally understand. Truthfully, the game doesn’t look to be incredibly deep. Like I said, people who I’ve talked to about it all say the same thing. “it’s fun”. I doubt it’s only the game they’d take to a desert island, but fun enough for a couple of beers (or bong rips if that’s your thing. (What is the recreational drug of choice for giant orange rock monsters?)

          • benn grimm

            Beer mostly. Though I do treat myself to a good cigar at xmas… 🙂

          • Aezeal

            If you want 4 Khorne hero’s it IS a good deal.. but it’s hardly relevant in the review of a game.

    • rtheom

      Yeah, I spent some time playing the game last weekend, and it feels like the first tabletop game GW has produced in recent years that could actually stand on it’s own as a board game (Space Hulk being the only other one I would consider truly stand alone capable).

      • Xodis

        You dont think Silver Tower can stand on its own?

        • rtheom

          Whoops, I actually have played very little of Silver Tower, so it’s not first and foremost on my mind, but you are correct, it can.

          • Xodis

            I only played a small demo, but I enjoyed it. Was hoping it wasn’t terrible before I dropped some cash lol.

          • rtheom

            My only problem with Silver Tower is that it’s very repetitive and even though enemies have different stats, they all kind of feel the same in game. Sure, the rooms and monsters are randomized, but there’s not a ton of variety there.

          • Xodis

            I feel the same about most Dungeon Crawler boardgames, but I still enjoy playing them as different characters.

          • rtheom

            Oh yes, Silver Tower is still enjoyable to be sure, especially with the right group of people. But yes, I will also agree that most other Dungeon Crawlers run into that problem as well.

          • Xodis

            Hopefully they pop out an expansion or two. I know it did wonders for IA and Descent.

  • Aezeal

    No captured enemy slaves fighting in the pits yet?

    • rtheom

      I’m really hoping they follow in the vein of Silver Tower and give us stats for all of the other blister figures they have. They left themselves a lot of design space and there is A LOT of potential for some really awesome, flavorful characters.

      • Aezeal

        Melee troops might fit. Only thing that could happen the mechanic is a limited (not enough options for fill all characters without making near doubles). Though I guess I could Always use the rules for any of the models already in the game and use a model with a similar weapon.

        • rtheom

          Yeah, there’s the option of just doing “plays as” but I’m not sure what you mean about the “limited mechanic”. Each character has an attack that can easily have extra effects unique to them, and they have their own unique ability that has a lot of potential as well. Both of these can easily be utilized to make unique fighters.

    • Xodis

      You could consider the the optional rules in WD as a type of Slaves vs Champion pit fight. 3 on 1 against Valkia or Skarr sounds fun, also hope we get something for Scyla soon too.

  • nurglitch

    That’s a neat idea with damage, initiative, and actions.