Relic, the Warhammer 40k board game, now available from Fantasy Flight Games

By Polar_Bear
In Board Games
Mar 21st, 2013

Fantasy Flight Games has just released Relic, their Warhammer 40k adventure board game.

From the release:

Over the past several weeks, we’ve explored myriad threats to the Antian Sector, such as foul xenos and the tempting power of corruption. We’ve also seen how the Imperium’s mightiest heroes rise against these threats by collecting powerful wargear and improving their skills in pursuit of dangerous missions. Finally, we shared not only the complete rules, but a full tutorial video!

It has all led up to this: Relic, the Warhammer 40,000 board game based on the Talisman system, is now available at your local retailer and on our webstore!

Relic is a board game in which two to four players each assume the role of a powerful hero from the Warhammer 40,000 universe and bravely venture forth to shield the Antian Sector from certain doom. By completing missions and defeating enemies, characters compete to gain rewards and experience, furthering their chance of being the first to defeat whatever evil lies beyond the Warp rift.

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  • TomasT

    Space Hulk goes Talisman?

    Rather have one or the other…

  • …at least it wasn’t a kickstarter. lol

    Proud of FFGs for that at least.

  • keltheos

    Picked it up tonight. Been waiting for it since GenCon. Love Talisman, this is like Talisman, but with more rules bells and whistles. Played a solo game to get the mechanics refreshed and was loving it. Working on a solo session report for BGG. Can’t wait to play it with a group.

    It’s Talisman enough that if you like/hate that sort of game mechanic you’ll like/hate this as well. The healthy bit of luck is still there, but the three types of encounter cards means you can at least head toward your strengths when moving randomly (or use power cards to mitigate the d6 move randomness) and the Missions keep folks on task rather than just roll/wandering around for the length of the game.

    Well done, FFG, well done.

    TomasT, you probably aren’t aware that Talisman had an expansion where you could play as a Space Marine/Inquisitor/etc. waaaay back when. It isn’t as odd a concept as you may believe.

    • Gabbi

      Not liking Talisman very much, but I cannot help myself from wanting this. Must investigate the three encounter cards type thing, as one of the things that makes me prefer RuneBound over Talisman are the coloured adventure cards, that let yourself decide how much trouble look for. Also love the RB’s combat based on three skills, with one to choose for attack and two to defend against, there’s anything similar in Relic?

  • keltheos

    No, if you’re fighting, say an Ork Warbuggy (Strength enemy) you’ll be rolling and adding its value vs. your roll + strength. That’s it. the combat system is the same as standard Talisman at least for the mechanics. 6’s explode and you roll another d6 and add it on, but no depth to the combat in the same manner as Runebound.

    Runebound replaced my Talisman yearnings for a while, but we haven’t played it for some time now.

    Relic is Talisman but with some ‘advanced’ rules. If you don’t like Talisman you probably won’t be too fond of Relic, but I’d say give it a test run at a shop or something and see if it’s to your liking.