Sunday, May 5, 2013

Rest in Peace, Mordheim

BoLS reports that Games Workshop is getting rid of their Specialist Games range. This means the demise of the game systems Battlefleet Gothic, Epic Armageddon, Inquisitor, Necromunda, Warmaster and - most importantly to me - Mordheim.

I don't play Mordheim actively right now, but this does make me sad nonetheless. I have never really been a fan of playing with huge armies and even though I loved my beastman miniatures I would have quit the hobby had Games Workshop not released their skirmish game set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe. To me Mordheim embodies most of what is 'tabletop', simply because I had been so dedicated to that system in the past years. The involvement with the Nemesis Crown supplement and more so the development and release of the fan-made Border Town Burning supplement for Mordheim has had a huge impact on my "hobby life". Countless inspiring discussions with Stu "Werekin" (of the Liber Malefic blog), being part of an awesome community as a moderator at Tom's and the Yahoo group, and - most importantly - playing this game with friends!

Of course, the game isn't just going to disappear from my head: Like with any board game I like, I have what is needed to play the game. The thing is, as a wargamer you're used to having a company support their games and continuously breathing fresh air into them. Being a fan of Legends of the High Seas (based on 'Legends of the Old West' based on both 'Lord of the Rings' and - ta daah! - Mordheim) I had to mourn the death of Warhammer Historical. This was already bad and the community always had small undying hopes for a LotHS supplement. Now this one is even more sad. Also because it cuts the last ties I had attached with this company.

It has been a long dying process, which at times left the fans with frustration and uncertainty, always hoping for a rebirth of their favourite game. Especially the re-release of Blood Bowl fueled that hope. Now it is the carrying to the grave at last, that allows us all to accept the inevitable and move on to the new. There are plenty more fish in the sea, so let's set the sails!


  1. Thanks for mentioning this I have print outs of the downloadable rules in the loft but have now made sure I have downloaded all the rules so that
    A. I have them for the future if I want to game them.

    B. Gamesworkshop can't withdraw the fee PDF's and then produce the book again at massive expense leaving me with no option but to buy the book if I want to play these again in the future.

    Nice blog by the way. Shame I can't follow it as I don't use that Google circle thing, any chance you could enable normal Blogger following?


  2. Hi, Smilie!

    Yes, it's definately a good idea to make backups of all relevant files. For now they will remain available from the Yahoo group but we never know when GW might change their policy and ask us to remove them.

    Glad you like the blog! There are several ways to follow a blog:

    "You can become a follower of any blog or URL (even if the blog doesn't have the Followers widget) by adding the blog to your Reading List on the dashboard."

    Please let me know whether this works for you, otherwise I'll see about adding the followers widget.

  3. My own favourite has always been Man O'War. I was never able to get a complete set - but have a downloaded rulebook and some small ships. One day I'll get around to building a scratch-built fleet.


  4. Oh, yes! Man O'War is something I have always wanted to try myself but never got around to.

    (PS: I'm painting the Wachau Meeting House right now. A very fine model indeed :)


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