Face Turmoil & A Great War In Warhammer: The Old World

January 12, 2023 by brennon

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Games Workshop has dropped more details on what we can expect from Warhammer: The Old World when it launches. The design team have been working on new artwork and more for the game whilst also locking in the time period that we'll find ourselves in when we start playing.

Empire Greatsword - Warhammer The Old World

Empire Greatsword // Warhammer: The Old World

As many folks had thought, it seems like we're going to be going back to a period of turmoil within The Empire and The Old World. Set before the monumental Great War Against Chaos and the invasions of Chaos Lord Asavar Kull from the Chaos Wastes, we're going to find ourselves exploring a world where The Empire is boiling over with political and military tension.

Flagellant - Warhammer The Old World

Flagellant // Warhammer: The Old World

There are many claimants to the throne and the title of Emperor from Elspeth Magritta VI in Marienburg to Count Sigismund Ulric of Middenheim and Prince Wilhelm I of Altdorf. Duke Ludwig XII also seeks to make a claim for the throne and with so much division amongst the ranks of mankind, it seems like an apt time for the Chaos forces to grow in strength.

Empire Soldiers Art - Warhammer The Old World

Empire Soldiers Art // Warhammer: The Old World

This means an Old World that will be familiar but also slightly different from what you've come to know from Warhammer Fantasy Battles in the likes of 8th Edition. The End Times still happened. That isn't going to change. But, this is going to give people a good chance to dive into the amazing lore, miniature design and gameplay that a lot of folks enjoyed back before that calamitous finale.

A Chance For BIG Stories To Be Told

There is plenty of space for other factions to find a story to tell during this period as well. Orcs & Goblins, Beastmen, Elves, Dwarfs and everyone in between had their own part to play in this time of turmoil. This is very much feeling like Games Workshop's time to tell a rather fun "Horus Heresy" style story with Warhammer Fantasy.

From what we've heard in this latest article, we're going to be tracking the fortunes of the warring factions in The Empire and that probably means supplements that tell the story running up to the unified stance under the mighty Magnus The Pious and his war against Asavar Kull. I cannot wait to see what they do.

All of this being said, this also means that we're going to be going back to a period where Mordheim was still very much a "thing". Magnus The Pious burned the city to the ground during his crusade but at this point in time, adventures within that warped and twisted city are still on the tabletop. Might we see this being the perfect time for this fan-favourite skirmish game to return?

Are you excited about Warhammer: The Old World?

"...this also means that we're going to be going back to a period where Mordheim was still very much a "thing""

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