GW: Blitz Bowl & Space Marine Adventures Officially Announced

Games Workshop has two new introductory games on the way – here’s the official announcement.

This past weekend at the New York Toy Fair, Games Workshop unveiled two new games that will be making they debut later. They are both introductory games designed for first-timers with quicker play-times.

via Warhammer Community

Space Marine Adventures allows 1-4 players to join forces and attempt to break into a Necron labyrinth. Choose your hero and use each character’s unique skills to battle various deadly hazards, not least of which are the Necron guardians themselves. The easy-build nature of the kits and intuitive game make it suitable for players aged 8 and over – good for anything from family games nights to a quick adventure for a regular gaming club. While this set is a great introduction to the 41st Millennium, each Space Marine in the set is also a unique and dynamic sculpt, making them great additions to an existing collection, too.

Blitz Bowl is a new way to play Blood Bowl. The teams are smaller, the games are faster but the action is just as intense, as each player seeks to distinguish themselves in the eyes of Nuffle* in the infamous Crush recruitment rituals in fast-paced skirmish games.

Both of these new games are self-contained and have everything you need to play right in the box. These are clearly designed to be one-stop-shopping sets; buy them and play them immediately.

Space Marine Adventures is a 1-4 player game and as we saw earlier has a Marine vs Necron theme. From the looks of the game, players will be assuming the role of the Marines and will be battling against the Necrons and whatever else is in the “labyrinth” they are exploring. This certainly has a dungeon-delve vibe to it.

A modular board with tiles, lots of tokens and cards, and unique and dymanic sculpts – depending on the price point, we could have a perfect introductory set for Warhammer 40,000.

Blitz Bowl is the other new game from GW. Honestly, this looks like a 1/2 sized version of Blood Bowl. The board looks smaller, the teams look like they have 6 models each. But based on the cards and stats, (and the similar reference sheet/dice/counters/etc.) it should just be a faster Blood Bowl game. However, there does appear to be some differences…

Note the “End Game Challenge” cards at the bottom of this picture – those are new. It’s very possible that this game will have some very different “scoring” options in the game. Color me curious. Blood Bowl is a fun game, but anything that takes that same level of strategy and intensity of a game and distills it down into 1/2 the time sounds like it could be really good.

We don’t have any set release dates for these products other than “later in the year” but we’ll be keeping an eye out for these new games.


What do you think of these two new “Board Game” type offerings from GW?

  • disqus_HUXMdKxsPG

    No necron minatures?

    • autonoise

      Curious that they aren’t in the promotion art, but are on display at the toy fair, surely they are included…

      • Jose Luis Camarasa

        I’m pretty sure that there’s no space in that box to fit necron sprues

        • autonoise

          I thought that too, but then there are necron minis pictured on the box, I don’t know what to think!

          • Severius_Tolluck

            There are necron minis in the photo. look to the top left beneath the box. they are just grey plastic. Basic warriors and looks like immortals. Nothing fancy.

        • Wampasaurus

          The box could be like the Dark Imperium box where there was a whole other layer of sprues under the other tray

        • Severius_Tolluck

          There are necron minis in the photo.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        basic warriors and some immortals are in the photo

    • NovaeVox

      In the second photo; some warriors and immortals, a lord, and maybe a praetorian.

    • Rainthezangoose

      Im pretty certain the Necrons will be represented by tokens, perhaps gw sell a bundle with all the Necrons from the game in miniture form separately.

  • Havik110

    There is already more than a few “smaller” blood bowl games that the NAF are responsible for.

    Street Bowl and 7s. I want GW to make models but keep their hands off of the rules. BB is as close to perfect as a game can get.

    • Omalley69

      Surely you must be a wood elf player…

      But agreed, streetbowl or dungeonbowl whould have been nice.

      • Havik110

        Lizardmen main, but i dabble in Amazons and Dark elves.

        • Omalley69

          So top 4 teams are perfectly ballanced? 😀

  • marxlives

    Space Marine Adventures has to be the Ewoks movie of 40k. Really they can call the AoS something cool like Shadespire and for 40k they get Space Marines Adventures? Someone toss me a keyboard I need to surf the rad interwebs.