Fear not Age of Sigmar fans, soon you too will be able to adventure in the Age of Sigmar thanks to a new RPG just announced from Cubicle 7.
That’s right. One of the stealthier pieces of news amid all the 40K goodness out of Warhammer Fest–there’s going to be a new Age of Sigmar Roleplaying game, also in development from Cubicle 7. Interestingly enough, they are the crew who is currently hard at work developing the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying game, and these are going to be two discrete systems that will provide you and your friends with the opportunity to adventure in whatever realm you wish (as long as it’s related to Fantasy). Still no word on a 40K RPG, but if Age of Sigmar’s finally getting one, then we can only hope that 40K will get another RPG before too long.
At any rate, you might be wondering why even bother with this, when clearly Warhammer Fantasy will (hopefully) let me play a Ratcatcher or a Barrister who shouldn’t be having adventures, but is nonetheless forced into them, only to ultimately be killed by Chaos Cultists.
What do you mean the cultists have a bolter? Well…they were mutated by the warp. That’s just a mutation they can get. Champions of Chaos and all.
Well for one, whether in the Old World or the Age of Sigmar’s various realms, there are no end of Chaos Cultists waiting to slit your throat in the night. And two, there are untold realms of adventure to be had. For all that it’s kind of shattered, the world of the Age of Sigmar is ripe for the plucking. I mean, just take a look at the Kharadron Overlords. There’s a whole campaign just waiting to happen–adventure can be awaiting inside any Skyport or as the crew of an Arkanaut Frigate.
Or leaving that aside, there’s the potential to play a Stormcast Eternal. We’ve already seen them in action in Hammerhal, and we know that they are reforged by Sigmar, but with each forging they lose a little of themselves. That’s some real interesting roleplaying opportunities right there. Or maybe characters play as some of the Aeouliven Loremasters or blade princes or vowel singers or whatever their heroes are called. There’s a lot for people to be, even if it does tend to skew a little more heroic than ratcatcher. Although I could be wrong, and rules for a Stormcast Fishmonger are just around the corner.
I somehow doubt it. Especially if these are two distinct systems–we know that WHFRP 4th Edition is going to hew very close to its 1st + 2nd edition roots, so I imagine that Age of Sigmar will have to differentiate itself somehow. And the factions and heroes of the Age of Sigmar are larger than life. It would be a tremendous missed opportunity to not play as some of the models we’ve seen released. Maybe split the difference and let us play a Kharadron Skyfishmonger, but let us dive into the cool magitek environment they’re building.
Just replace the armored tophat with an armored fishing hat… honestly that seems like it would make the miniature look even better.
Actually, speaking of Magitek–one of the reasons I’m excited to play an Age of Sigmar RPG is to explore the shattered mortal realms. They’re largely undetailed for the moment, but they remind me of nothing so much as the World of Ruin from the best Final Fantasy game. A fractured continent with floating islands and monsters running rampant, full of ruined towns and cultists and airships and powerful magic creatures? Yeah, sign me up.
Not to mention the fact that the sky is full of terrifying flying creatures who you can mine for their own special magical material/mineral. Which, that sounds familiar… right? And just think of the boss fights…
At any rate, information at this juncture is scarce indeed. Here’s the entirety of the announcement:
via Cubicle 7
Games Workshop and Cubicle 7 Entertainment have announced the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Roleplaying Game, for release in 2018.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar is Games Workshop’s epic tale of heroes, gods and monsters fighting a desperate battle for the fate of the Mortal Realms.
Dominic McDowall, Cubicle 7 CEO said, “The Warhammer Age of Sigmar setting is fantasy at its most imaginative. The Mortal Realms are fascinating, highly evocative and hold endless possibilities for roleplaying. I am enormously excited to explore them with the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Roleplaying Game!”
This news follows Cubicle 7’s announcement of the fourth edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay for release in 2017. These two games will be independent game lines with different rulesets.
And there you have it. Like I’ve said, there’s a lot to explore here–and I have high hopes that they’ll do a good job of digging into the most interesting parts of the world and bringing them to the forefront to play around with. But time alone will tell.
What are your hopes for an Age of Sigmar roleplaying game? What races/classes/adventures would you want to see?