Storm of Magic book details

By tgn_admin
In Age of Sigmar
Jun 27th, 2011

Games Workshop have posted details of the contents for the Storm of Magic rulebook.

From their website:

This weekend just gone, we announced the release of Storm of Magic, the new expansion for Warhammer. Many of you, enticed by promises of magical power and huge monsters with very large teeth, went straight to the advance order section and ordered everything you could get your hands on. As a result, the Vortex Templates have already sold out in the US and Europe, though there are still a few left in Australia. On a similar note, the Magic Cards are literally flying off the shelves (must be all that magic we put in them), so you will have to be super-quick if you still want to order them, whatever country you’re in. If you don’t manage to order them on time, then never fear, as we will have a limited stock in each of our Hobby Centres on the 9th July, though you’ll have to make sure you’re there, licking the windows with anticipation first thing in the morning to get your paws on them.

  • I enjoy playing GW games including WHFB but this product is too expensive and just not worth $83 plus dollars to buy.

    Big Pass thanks

    • Zac

      Where are you that the book is $83?

      • the_duke

        It’s $83 AUD.

        • Zac

          Wow! That is quite a jump in price.

  • Fimir and Zoats yes. Figs please.

    • tuco

      Two of my favorites from the old days (Fimir and Zoats). I’ve still got a Fimir mini or two hiding out around here somewhere. In fact, I think one made it into plastics to show up in HeroQuest back in the day. Imagine, gaming without the internet to let you know what’s available. Dark ages, indeed.

  • keltheos

    I have to say, unimpressed so far. Will look at a buddy’s before I drop any cash on it. If it’s an attempt at WHFB Armageddon (3k minimum games…sounds like it) then I’ll probably pass.

    • PanzerKraken

      It’s an expansion rule set similar to the likes of Planetstrike. Alternate way to play the game and excuse to release some new figures to sell for everyone.

      • Veritas

        But unlike Planetstrike or Cities of Death, Storm of Magic, as far as I can tell, really is only meant for fun games with like-minded friends. It just wouldn’t work in a highly competitive environment as it takes GW’s already shaky army balance and tosses it right out the window. Kind of like a smaller scale Apocalypse.

  • KelRiever

    I too like the book and the models, but am also not paying $50 for a non-core rulebook and buying $40 ish minimum models jus to use. They really went out of my price range. Will have to wait until someone ebays stuff for less or I trade with a friend.

  • cybogoblin

    As a result, the Vortex Templates have already sold out in the US and Europe, though there are still a few left in Australia.

    Heh. What a surprise :p

    Back on topic, I like the look of most of the models they’re releasing for SoM, but the book isn’t doing much for me at all. Especially at that price.

  • SirAngry

    I’ve given up totally on 8th edition… and storm of magic isn’t going to get me back any time soon. Really not impressed with any of the monster mini’s and the whole thing about having to buy scenery etc to play it just makes me laugh really. They’re adding more of what ruined WHFB for me and trying to con people into buying a realm of battle board as well as a shed load of new scenery pieces… I guess more than one is born every minute.

  • Osbad

    At <£20 for two pieces (after discount) the terrain elements are worth considering, if you like the aesthetics (personally I’m on the fence at the moment), but the plastic monsters are just plain crude. As has been commented elsewhere, they look more like kids action figure toys than stuff you’d use in a wargame – lack of textures, cartoony style, and just poor composition of the sculpt ruin them for me. And the new plastic character figures are just taking the proverbial – 8 quid for a single human sized plastic model?! Ludicrous. How on the one hand they can offer what amounts to a huge building for just over a tenner at RRP, and a single tiny figure at only a couple of quid less just makes my mind boggle! Where’s the sense in that? I just don’t get it!

    • Perhaps economies of scale? I imagine that a lot more building units will be sold than individual figures (if each different figure is treated as a sales unit).

      Doesn’t make it any more palatable for me though.

  • Lord Abaddon of Wormwood

    See the way I read a lot of the items for sale surrounding this expansion are all limited runs – this doesn’t say to me “I need to get before it sells out” but more “They had little faith in this taking off therefore GW will not be supporting this past the month of release”

    I do like the terrain pieces – as it’s a tad different but as someone pointed out they are $80odd AUD …. in a time when we are riding higher than the Green Back it’s just shameful.

    Lord Abaddon of Wormwood

    • Veritas

      Only the accessories are limited. All the minis and scenery are long term as far as I know.

      Also, the plastic models characters are weird. Those 4 wizards are supposedly cast as a single sprue and then quartered and put in individual blisters. So, essentially, GW requires each of those characters to be as equally popular as each other. Seems like an odd business choice.

      • youlooklikeanail

        “Seems like an odd business choice” is pretty much GW’s motto these days.

    • Zac

      The only limited items are the ones on the GW website that have a hourglass icon in the item entry

  • Nemesis

    Even nearly 60$ CAD (+taxes) is a bit expensive for an expansion nowadays… Many standalone rulebooks do retail at fairly lower prices (see MERCS for example).

    • Zac

      The spinner at the end of the book probably ratchets the price of the book up. It is pretty expensive for an expansion though.

      • Nemesis

        I wonder where they are printed. I would probably indulge if they’re not printed in China or any low cost country. Cheaper products often come with a “social” price.