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Games Workshop Specialist Games Officially Discontinued


Specialist Games from Games Workshop have always been a hit or miss situation. Many though have been fantastic games in their own right over the years, from Mordheim, Necromunda, Blood Bowl, and my personal favorite.... Battlefleet Gothic.


So while we have been following their demise on occasion here, I think we can officially wrap these up as gone, despite rumors. Yes, we could see a one shot all inclusive game release, but as far as a supported game in their own rights, the party is over.

via ColinClare on MiniWargaming forums
http://www.miniwargaming.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=109537&view=unread#unread
I emailed GW:
'Hello GW,
Was interested in looking through your specialist games, specifically Battlefleet Gothic, and none of them are responding right now on the Canadian webpage. I cannot view any of the products at all as the pages are all empty.
Hope to be able to view the products soon'

They promptly responded:
'Hello Colin,
Thanks for writing in to us, although I don’t have great news for you. Games Workshop's Specialist Games ranges have all been discontinued.
Sorry we couldn't be any more help than this.
Games Workshop
North America Customer Services'

Don't know if this is new to you, but it is to me!
Really disappointed about that, was interested in adding Battlefleet Gothic to campaigns.

Colin

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31 Comments

  1. Not really news, specialist games had been officially dead for a long time now and were relegated to only a few remaining stocks of models.

    Blood bowl was the only one that had some support in the last few years and now the only things you can find on the GW site are the rules resources links for the specialist ranges.

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    1. Yep, not news. The systems have had GW support for a decade and have been kept up to date by the fan base and the products have been taken off the GW site for a while too.

      Sad to see GW let some of these gems that actually have a good following, BB being the most popular, but 40K is their bread and butter.

      Of course this means GW is putting almost all its eggs in one basket that they also are overloading. If 6th/7th has a fall out due to overwhelming game mechanic fallout GW is going to bite a bitter pill.

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  2. As the above have said, not really news given it's been the unsecret for years. That said, I do think there is a market for the Specialist Games still - if only to give Dreadball, Infinity and Malifaux some competition.

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  3. I knew this news was coming ever since they stopped selling "oi dats my leg"

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    1. Yep. GW did peak a bit too early in their games development with that classic though...

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    2. Can't believe they missed out on a 25th anniversary edition of trolls in the pantry.

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    3. Can't believe they missed out on a 25th anniversary edition of trolls in the pantry.

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  4. I think we could all see the steady phasing out, but this is official confirmation.

    Personally, I was hoping for a Blood Bowl reboot. I really love that game, and won't stop playing it. I do have a Veermyn Dread Ball team to work on though ;)

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  5. There is still hope for *something* as (and when) LotR\Hobbit finally dies off.

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    1. I think they will focus on their own ranges, especially the one that makes the most money (40k). Also fits more in line with the one man story policy if you don't have to support three or more product ranges.

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  6. Was really hoping for a Blood Bowl resurgence. I love that game. And I would definitely get into Battlefleet Gothic but they didn't have any models appropriate to most of the races. Only IG and SM/CSM had good fleets.

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  7. Honestly they are better off now than they we're before,

    The community editions are MILES better than anything GW has put out in a while.

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  8. I can see space battles being (eventually) an add on to 40k with larger models along the lines of thawks and probably tank sizes for smaller fleet vessels. That or FW will do something for us. I can't see space battle just going away like it never happens anymore lol

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  9. I guess we should be grateful they haven't Squatted Whamster yet...

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  10. What a shame. With inquisition and sister updates, I had plans to include more redemptionists as priests and arbites as inquisitorial henchmen, and a number of possessed in my warriors army. Those have been long since discontinued though. Guess ill just hold onto my planet killer model held together by hopes and dreams (only super glue, ship sits at odd angles and on the verge of falling apart, but never does)

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  11. Oh. I thought I saw: "officially discounted" lol

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  12. It's sad, but oh well.
    If you still want to play the game, I know that you can get the rule books for gothic about the internet. they were once available for free, called a Living Rulebook. And for ships, buy a pack of flying bases, and print out pictures of the ships from the rule book. then tape them to flying stands, the ships themselves never interacted in game, it was just the stand, so it works perfectly.

    I understand wating to overhaul specialist games as stand alone board games, but what was out there still exists. take the liberty of having fun with it.

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    1. Can't agree more.
      I still play Necromunda on occasion, Build old, corroded factories out of newer kits for it, use my necromunda models for my inquisition army, use the killteam rules, convert, ...

      When i buy something from forgeworld, it's never on the top selling product list. It's always for some personnal project.

      What I mean is this: left out minis, discontinued games, old fashion,... They set you free from playing, buying, thinking, ... What gw wants you to play, buy, think.

      I'm quite happy Necromunda and those other specialists games are fully ours now.

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  13. Long live Mantic! Dreadball! Deadzone! Dwarfs kings hold. Play these if you want something classic yet something new

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    1. I will go with that one...

      Debating on getting a Lelith Hesperax model, replacing the knives with rifles, then use her as part of my Rebs faction.

      And DreadBall has the teams for the next three seasons funded. Big level of love there...

      Long Live Mantic!

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    2. Games Workshop should just rename themselves "Warhammer Workshop." WHFB and 40K are the only games they're serious about. Mantic actually is a shop that works on developing a lot of games.

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    3. They should just rename themselves Space Marine workshop IMO :P

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  14. What I wouldn't give for GW to rerelease Necromunda, even if all it amounted to was a rulebook and the miniatures rereleased in resin.

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    1. +1 but I hope you mean plastic. I can see virtually no reason they couldn't stealth release all the basic gangs (and most of, if not all the outlanders) for guard or chaos... hell they could get away with just releasing weapons packs. catachans, scouts, marauders, even eldar/dark eldar, tau if you wanted to get a little creative. Inquisi-henchmen for redemptionists, scavies could be done as some kind of nurgle cultists. Kroxigors for the scalies. What's left? Delaques? Must be some excuse to release duster wearing mercs. Even spyrers should be doable.. somehow.

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  15. Regardless of whether or not GW are planning anything regarding any of these settings for the future, I suppose if somebody were interested in all the freely downloadable rules for the specialist systems, now would be a good time to grab them: Most of those books are great sources for background lore, even if you have no intention of ever actually playing the game. Plus there's no telling whether these downloads will eventually be taken down as well, what with the rumours of a redesigned GW page and everything...

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  16. It's been known for a while not, but still... :(

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  17. I'm guessing that with the new webstore many old metal models will be discontinued (along with the general move to plastic) for similar reasons to the specialist games.

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  18. Weren't there rumours of a new Epic set not too long ago?

    Shame to see Battlefleet Gothic go :(

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  19. Just checked the Forge World store and it's the same story (people may have already known this), no Epic or Battle Fleet Gothic. I really don't understand this as they were resin and the Epic Tau superb models for despite the small scale.

    Would have thought that Forge World could launch there own specialist games doing all armies in resin to follow Aeronautical Imperials (which has also vanished!).

    GW is becoming so limited, makes me sad.

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  20. It makes me sad as well, Battlefleet Gothic was one of the first box sets I ever bought as a kid and I loved fighting invasion style campaigns with my friends when combined with 40K. A part of me really hopes that something will replace it. (Hopefully not Dreadfleet 40K) The resource links are all still working for me here Stateside at the time of this posting though. I've kicked around getting into FireStorm Armada but it's...just not what I see in my mind anymore when I think of fleet battles in space anymore. On one hand though, I feel if GW was adamant on being rid of specialist games forever, they would have totally removed that section from the website in a matter of minutes and it wouldn't be lingering. Here's to keeping that faint glimmer of hope alive for a redux.

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  21. I wonder how much GW would want for a license to produce any of those games. I would imagine that Bloodbowl, BFG and Epic would have huge potential to be successful, and taking one of those to Kickstarter might be like printing your own money.

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