Can you count, suckers? I say, the future is ours… if you can count!
Games Workshop brings back Necromunda, an old favourite … but in pricey bits.
It’s no secret around these parts that Necromunda is one of my favorite old Games Workshop games, one I thought they’d brought back with Shadow War: Armageddon, that very short-lived skirmish system that concentrated more on Warhammer 40,000 factions rather than gang war. But I was wrong! Here’s another game, this time called Necromunda: Underhive, that brings back the gangs (Goliath and Escher are featured). But wait! Just to confuse you further, it’s played on flat cardboard tiles. Hold on! You’ll have to pay another NZD$50 to get Gang War,the slim paperback volume of 3D terrain and campaign rules. You know, the stuff that made Necromunda, well, Necromunda.
This kind of ‘parcel it out in highly priced bits’ marketing strategy annoys me. The Gang War rules should have been included in the boxed set. As should the extra strategy card decks – a total of 40 cards that cost another NZD$54 to buy. So really, to get the entire Necromunda experience here, you have to pay NZD$259. And the Gang War book only covers the Goliath and Escher gangs, so they’ll be more expensive spoonfuls to come for the other gangs.
Whinging aside, this is a nice enough production, though I’m not impressed with the tile artwork. The figures are excellent, and they’ve crammed a lot of variety into a single sprue for each gang (you get two identical sprues for each gang). I haven’t read the rules yet, but they’re apparently a mix of old Necromunda and new Warhammer 40,000.
Worth getting? If you have the old game, probably not – though you may want to pick up the new gang figures separately.