Thusly Games Workshop introduces their latest one off game - Dreadfleet! Much like space hulk it functions as a standalone game for two or more players, and comes with everything you need to start playing off the bat. You and your enemy can either take control of the titular Dreadfleet, or the Grand Alliance. Unfortunately sound effects aren't included, but if you can't - or your friends wont - make medieval pew pew noises while you imagine sending cannonballs and sea drakes to obliterate your foes then you are lame.
I haven't had a chance to play yet, myself, because I'm very finicky about painting and modding everything perfectly before I use something. I have seen people at the local GW play it though and overall it seems like a very popular game now, and a nice changeup from traditional tabletop skirmishes or wars.
The game was released in limited numbers to each Games Workshop and independant retailer. Interestingly whereas all the GWs I've visited sold out in the first weekend, all the FLGS (Friendly local gameshops) I've been too still have stacks of them left. Maybe if you're more used to Warmahordes or Malifaux the Dreadfleet won't appeal so much.
If you are still looking for a copy near Leicerster, check out Tabletop Tyrant. They had loads left when I popped in.
Now onto the contents of the box!
It's a stand £70 boxset, much like the army boxes and Island of Blood/Assault on Black Reach sets. Ofcourse you can get it at a standard 10-20% off at independant retailers. I was happy with the price though - my mum grabbed it for me from Games Workshop as an early christmas gift.
The actual box itself has some gorgeous designwork - fantastic artwork on top and a gorgeous picture of a game in play on the bottom. It's also a very sturdy and strong box. My AoBR box is now 80% masking tape but I can see this box lasting very well even as I move it from place to place. It would be nicer if more of their boxes were of this quality to be honest.
It's also one of the only things I've been able to unpack and repack neatly without having to bend the laws of time and space.
The back of the box promises the following contents;
I'm pleased to say that my box came with everything! The wind gauge, navigation rod etc are found in the sprues to be glued together and painted. And the instruction book is downstairs which is too far for me to walk right now...
So rather than flicking through sets of books for rules and damage etc most of the action is self contained in the cards you can see. These are also quite sturdy and have snazzy artwork.
Our first ships of the Dreadfleet! When it's light again I will be replacing these close ups with macro pics.