Today we turn the clock back to 1988 to look at the White Dwarf rollout of the original Adeptus Titanicus. Tiny Titans ahead!
Adeptus Titanicus was Launched in White Dwarf 108, in December 1988. Boy, look at that cover price! The boxed game was a young Jervis Johnson’s first game design and the box came loaded with tons of stuff:
The original game came with 6 plastic Warlord titans, a bunch of styrofoam buildings, rulers, dice, a rulebook, and a ton of tokens.
Back to The White Dwarf rollout… The game got its obligatory splash 2-page spread and that soon to abandoned “3D-Roleplay” logo. What was that about?
Next up we got a 2-page spread of ‘Eavy Metal showing off some paint schemes for the new plastic Warlords, all painted and bannered up in a variety of Collegio schemes:
Here we see even more paint schemes and a full illustration of where and what type of banners festoon a titan. This is THE original chart where it was all worked out – and remains in effect to this day. We also get the start of two pages of text on exactly how to assemble and paint your warlords, both loyalist, and traitor. Lots of detail in here on things like kill and rank markings and the like.
Next, we get the sample banner and titan Legion examples. Let me tell you that back in those days there weren’t color copiers around. So gamers would photocopy these on black and white copiers, cut them out and paint over them. I know – MADNESS! It was all hobby stone knives and bearskins back in the 80s.
Last but not least at the very end of the White Dwarf we get the introduction of the new Reaver Titan, the SAME MONTH Adeptus Titanicus shipped. Note it’s fetching camo carapace! Also don’t even think of not ordering your Adeptus Titanicus Ring Binders, and some Chaos Dwarf Swivel Guns…
~ We’ve come a long way in three decades. Any old-school Princeps out there who remember the dark days fighting during the Heresy, erm… the 1980s.