With the decorating nearing completion, breathing room in the house is still at a minimum. At least I've been able to actually get back on the computer and catch up with what's been happening in the gaming world.
The biggest announcement I've seen in a while is Privateer press seeing fit to release a starter set for Warmachine. This "Two-player Battle Box" has a lot in common with the starter sets of another certain miniatures company in that a) it includes a mini-rulebook, b) it has pretty much everything needed to start playing, and c) it looks an absolute fracking bargain!
What really surprises me about the set is the apparent RRP in pounds sterling. It's $100 and normally that equates to a £79.99 in the UK (Ref: the large Fantasy Flight box games,) with the usual 10% online discount taking it to £71.99.
Maelstrom are the only company I can see accepting pre-orders for the set, but their RRP is £69.99! With the 10% off discount, they're charging £62.95 - with free postage!!! Whatever way you look at it, that is a bargain.
Besides the rulebooks, you're getting basically two faction battle boxes (Menoth getting a different 'jack though) with an additional unit each - plastic Man'o'War and Cinerators (Khador players will be happier here!) I think the Protectorate of Menoth force is 21 points while Khador comes in at 20 points. Throw in another unit or a couple solos and you have a standard 25 point army.
I am slightly surprised that both forces have medium based, multi wound units. Providing one force with a small based unit and a solo choice would have put every unit type (baring cavalry) in the starter box. Also, I noticed the product description doesn't make it clear if there are templates in the box, or just a ruler - two jacks and both casters use AOEs and the Repenter uses the spray template. Still if that's the worst thing about the box set, PP are onto a winner here surely.
It's good to see that two large companies are able to learn from (White Dwarf finally including rules/profile previews like No Quarter) and improving upon each other (Island of Blood; great box set, absolutely useless as a starter set.)
Speaking of GW, rumours of the 40K 6th edition box set have started to surface - two boxes, each with one complete army Dark Angels or Chaos,) terrain and rulebook. This sounds plausible, and is an obvious step for GW to counter the amount of components that appear on eBay following each release.
I'll be interested to see how the Warmachine box sells and if it affects the overall number of players. Both Island of Blood and Assault on Black Reach sold by the bucket load, but GW still has a falling player base.
Regardless, this is definitely a day one purchase for me!