Warhammer Adventures – 40K And AoS Through The Eyes Of Young Heroes
Come and check out the worlds of Warhammer Adventures. Presenting a look at the Grim Darkness of the Distant Future and the Mortal Realms through the eyes of young heroes, Warhammer Adventures promises fun for all ages.
Warhammer Adventures is the perfect way to bring younger players into the hobby. For those of you who don’t know, Warhammer Adventures are an upcoming new series of stories set in both 40k and Age of Sigmar that feature younger heroes. In the stories you’ll get to explore the worlds of 40K and Age of Sigmar through a child’s perspective. Right now, you can check out the new Warhammer Adventures website to meet some of the characters of the series. There are a lot–these are well thought out, you get a good representation of the different walks of life/areas of the respective worlds, and you get a sense of the fun of the stories as well.
Zelia Lor’s life changes when Necrons attack her home planet and rip it apart! Separated from her mother, Zelia must escape the doomed world, her only hope a scrambled transmission promising safety at a mysterious place known only as the Emperor’s Seat. She is joined by a rag-tag group of survivors – the street-tough Talen, gadget-obsessed Martian boy Mekki and super-intelligent alien-ape, Fleapit.
That’s from the description for Attack of the Necron. And then from the City of Lifestone we get this:
Raised as a slave, Kiri dreams of a better life. That day comes when her barbarian captors are attacked by the noble Stormcast Eternals. Seizing her chance, Kiri flees through a mysterious realmgate to the fabled city of Lifestone! There she meets a special group of children – Thanis, the fighter; Alish, the inventor; Kaspar; the sneak and Elio, the healer. Together, they must lift a terrible curse and save the city from darkness.
Pretty fun YA Adventures–you get a group of rag-tag children, all with their own special powers and attitudes that are forced to deal with problems above their pay grade, and in doing so they learn about themselves and the world around them. That’s a recipe for adventure no matter what age your heroes are, but these two stories seem especially fun which I’m excited to see crop up in a 40K or Age of Sigmar story. The characters are all well designed and suggest the story, while being classic examples of a narrative party.
The artwork’s great, the more I see, the more I want to learn about the world. And, you can download a sample chapter from each one to get a taste of what’s in store. Again, these are meant for younger readers, so the story’s a little simpler, but that’s what you want. These are a great way to introduce the worlds full of larger than life heroes to smaller than life readers, making it so much easier to see themselves in the story.
Plus this has the added benefit of casting a fresh perspective on both of the worlds. As the big Horus Heresy epic series winds down, we’ve seen stories of desperate Marines making heroic last stands, or of ancient horrors being fought by desperate members of the Militarum, dying in droves defending the Imperium. But we haven’t seen the world from the perspective of younger heroes. Not to say these stories will be light or fluffy–YA stories can be fairly dark–especially in contrast to the levity you might see otherwise.
Also on the Warhammer Adventures website, you can find a few activities aimed at younger readers, including a “which character are you quiz” which I did take, and it turns out in the world of 40K, I’m a super-intelligent ape, which I’m choosing to take as a compliment.
You can also find some puzzles.
I’m now going to print this up to put on my refrigerator.
And sign up for more information about new books. You’ll be able to order these stories soon, or you can download sample chapters below.
In the Age of Sigmar I’m a little more precocious and have a slingshot. Which Warhammer Adventures hero are you? And what do you think of this fresh new perspective?