Updates on Age of Sigmar RPG Include New Name

Cubicle 7 have revealed a few pieces of information regarding their upcoming Warhammer: Age of Sigmar RPG. It has an official name: 'Soulbound', but also a release delay until Spring 2020.

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The official title, Soulbound, was revealed at Warhammer Fest. Details were also announced of the Soulbound Starter Set, which has some fantastic cover art by Johan Grenier (below). The starter set contains an adventure book for players and GMs, and a city guide which describes a new city in the realm of Aqshy. Also, you'll find regenerated characters, handouts, reference sheets, and so on.


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Starter Set: City Being Cleansed of the taint of Tzeentch


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Starter Set: Hordes of Tzeentchian horrors and Lord of Change


They also revealed new art for for some of their Archetypes, which is a broad description of who you are in the game.



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The new release date is Spring 2020: "...to ensure we make the best game possible we’ve moved the game’s planned release from the later part of this year to Spring next year."
 
Russ Morrissey

Comments

imagineGod

Explorer
Not for me, sadly. This variant has gone all Steampunk/Arcanepunk almost as if Tzeentch already won and the old world changed into a pantomime play.
 

eyeheartawk

Explorer
Nice to see that even if Cubicle 7 was forced to take this on as a result of wanting to do WFRP, at least they're trying. That said this is not for me. You can keep your Sigmarmarines, thank you very much.
 

Dire Bare

Adventurer
Not for me, sadly. This variant has gone all Steampunk/Arcanepunk almost as if Tzeentch already won and the old world changed into a pantomime play.
The "Age of Sigmar" setting isn't really steampunk or arcanepunk itself. The "Kharadron Overlords" are one of several dwarven factions, and definitely have a steam/arcanepunk vibe to them. The pictures of armored dwarves hanging from metal balloons are from this faction. If you are interested in the setting itself, but not the steampunk aspect, you can safely ignore the Kharadron Overlords. There are some more "traditional" dwarven factions in the setting, although they might not be described in the core book.

"Age of Sigmar" is definitely high magic involving a lot of travel between the various fantasy/elemental "realms" (like planes in D&D), while retaining the grimdark of Warhammer. But, less gritty, more shiny. Shiny grimdark. The main hero faction, the Stormcast Eternals, are essentially warrior angels, you've also got some interesting elven (or aelven) factions that break the Tolkien tropes, and the Karadrons mentioned above break Tolkien tropes for dwarves. The setting still offers more traditional elves, dwarves, and halflings if you want. Bad guys include the forces of Death (undead) and Chaos, which are pretty unchanged from the Warhammer Chaos you know and love.
 

Askaval30

Explorer
Nah... not my cup of tea. The AoS setting is way too generic and "primary colors" for me.

It probably suffers from being too young to be fully fleshed out but when I think of interconnected planar campaigns I think of Planescape... where you had a mature, philosophical approach to the nature existence... This setting just strikes me as an excuse to fight things in a variety of flashy settings barely united to each other in lore or concept.

Until it matures I'll stick with the glorious gritty filth of 4th ed WHFRP thank you very much!
 

Azgulor

Adventurer
Sadly, a hard pass. I see little of the Warhammer that I fondly recall and a lot of "what if Iron Kingdoms was turned up to 11"...
 

Banesfinger

Explorer
Previous previews mentioned AoS would have a different "dice pool" mechanic, which interests me. I wonder how easy it would be to pull that out and insert it into the 'classic' WHFRP...?
 

Consona

Explorer
Can't wait. Hope the mechanics are good. This is exactly the right kind of WH for me. The aesthetics and feeling are so over-the-top high-uber-epic-fantasy awesome yet Warhammery I can't handle it.


I hope they won't try to appease those who want this to be more conservative. This is Warhammer's high fantasy aspect turned up to eleven.

I mean... look at this pure badassery

 

Retreater

Adventurer
I'm concerned that Cubicle 7 is over-extending themselves with WHFRPG, Age of Sigmar, and now the 40K license. The WHFRPG has been delayed and there are numerous products (an updated Enemy Within campaign) that I'm afraid might be vaporware. AoS is likewise getting pushed back.
 
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Vicent Martín Bonet

Guest
Nice to see that even if Cubicle 7 was forced to take this on as a result of wanting to do WFRP, at least they're trying. That said this is not for me. You can keep your Sigmarmarines, thank you very much.
Wow, that's an impressive level of mental gymnastics. "T-they c-clearly didn't want to do it."

But then again, your obsession of stormcasts is telling enough.
 
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Vicent Martín Bonet

Guest
Too cyberpunk-ish for me too. But I'm sure it has a market. If it gets more people into gaming, that's fine.
Well, it's actually not.

The Kharadrons shown are certainly steampunk (which i guess it's what you're referring) but the setting is big enough, and actually has enough material already written on the matter, to accommodate more traditional styles like sword and sorcery (in this regard the Red Feast novel is a worthwhile read).
 
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Vicent Martín Bonet

Guest
Well, yeah. We are talking about the man that *somehow* managed to get a perma ban on 4chan(plus virtually all the facebook groups of WFRP) due to the sheer scale of false flagging and pseudo-""concern"" he did for the sake of discouraging people from the WFRP. Like, I would not be surprised if that was a mere excuse and justification for GW refusing a reskin of WFRP 2nd (which is what G&P is).
 

eyeheartawk

Explorer
Well, yeah. We are talking about the man that *somehow* managed to get a perma ban on 4chan(plus virtually all the facebook groups of WFRP) due to the sheer scale of false flagging and pseudo-""concern"" he did for the sake of discouraging people from the WFRP. Like, I would not be surprised if that was a mere excuse and justification for GW refusing a reskin of WFRP 2nd (which is what G&P is).
I'm inclined to believe him here, as there isn't really a reason for making it up that benefits him and I'm sure writing that post and spilling that factoid didn't make him friends at GW.

That being said, I find your characterization of Zweihander disingenuous. It's WFRP 2nd edition with more unnecessary and fiddly cruft, get it right.
 
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Vicent Martín Bonet

Guest
I'm inclined to believe him here, as there isn't really a reason for making it up that benefits him and I'm sure writing that post and spilling that factoid didn't make him friends at GW.
I mean, it kind of resonates with what you want to hear, so duh?

There's no actual evidence on the regard of veracity, and there's actually evidence on the contrary given that GW *has* done separate licenses for Warhammer post AoS Launch (Namely Chaos bane and two shovelware pieces, and the Doomseeker boardgame). Most likely the actual exchange was this:

C7: We want to do wfrp.

GW: Kay, wanna do AOS too?

C7: Sure, keep us up to date.

That being said, I find your characterization of Zweihander disingenuous. It's WFRP 2nd edition with more unnecessary and fiddly cruft, get it right.
I mean, that's the ultra digest version. You're also forgetting the bit of "with unnecessary references that exist for their own sake" like Hans shot first (next to NOT!Han Solo).
 

eyeheartawk

Explorer
Yeah, I don't know. I'm inclined to believe that GW doesn't mind not bundling the licenses for smaller projects, but for bigger ones they likely do. I mean, all the most popular licensed non-40k stuff is all WFB stuff (WFRP 4, Total War, Vermintide etc). It likely chafes GW that their biggest successes in those fields have nothing to do with the new game they are trying to push and promote. Which, in a business sense, is one of the main things licensing is supposed to do for you. They really don't make money off of WFB anymore unless you count some novel reprints they do from time to time and that's small potatoes.

As to the stormcasts thing from earlier, look at that picture posted in this very thread and tell me that straight up doesn't look like a bunch of Dantes waving an Ultramarine flag.
 

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