White Dwarf, vol 1, Issue 107

Prepare your retinas here comes White Dwarf 107. It can also be used to signal for help if lost in the sea. I wonder how many acid house raves took inspiration from the front cover or the Realm of Chaos Champions of Chaos advert inside.

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There is an advert for Realm of Chaos – The Lost and the Damned which features Nurgle and Tzeench and is suggested for mature readers. Given that White Dwarf at this time is written by Roleplay fanatics and had robot flow chart diagrams a few issue back I assume they mean the kind of people who take boat holidays on their pension money.

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Critical Mass is replaced by First Impressions by Dave Pringle which substitutes the critical nature of the original for a more blow by blow synopsis of the books. This is great if you want to pick any of them up but boring if you are reading the article as a diversion from miniature gaming or roleplay articles.

 

We have a one page rules and background piece for the Harlequin Jetbike with its famous laughing prow. I once threw away my copy of it when I was clearing out a bitz box. Sad times.

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There is a preview of Dark Future – White Line fever. I hope they mean road markings and not cocaine.

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Did you know the first Realm of Chaos book was 5 years in the making but needed three pages of errata this issue because of some editing mistakes? Whoops.

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Dark Future gets trikes, I can’t see any models to represent them here but maybe I’ve missed something.

 

BloodBowl gets cheerleaders, foul play, and Snotlings medics, all of which will be incorporated into its third edition in a much more streamlined ruleset.

 

Warhammer Fantasy Battle gets an army list for the Norse. The games designers insisted that there be rules for them in almost every edition at this time despite never producing models for them. Presumably it was the historical wargamers in the studio who wanted to see how Vikings played against Orcs or Elves.

 

Elements of Risk in WFRP is a way of introducing your characters to Elemental magic, the kind that summon rock monsters who can shoot their arms into the back of people’s heads.

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Miniature adverts this time and we have Harlequins in blisters and below that, the classic Imperial assassin model with the combi weapon and sword on the backpack, this guy would be a nightmare in 40k second edition with the ability to turn up anywhere and throw an instant kill vortex grenade onto the top of your commanders head.

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Dave Landford leaves White Dwarf while Gobbledegook gets a half page, I’m not sure I want to live in a world where this is fair.

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Realm of Chaos gives us the army list for Chaos Renegades in 40k and I think the first reference to the Emperors Tarot – the preferred method of divining the future in the 40k background. The army list assumes the Chaos force is disembarking from a space hulk with all kinds of slaves, Deamons and psychics in tow, a veritable circus of madness. It also seems to allow you to generate the size of the original host and then select specific forces from that to allow you to run a campaign with the same group.

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Interestingly we have the first ever battle report in White Dwarf next, it’s a charity 24 Warhammer Fantasy report fought on. 9′ by 5′ table and is backed up with sketches of each turn, I’m guessing this must have got good feedback because they would eventually become a staples of the magazine.

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There is another article on Shades, the UKs best Multi User Dungeon at the time, this was a real throw back where you had to buy a dial up modem and connect to it for 25 pence a minute, or at 1988 Games Workshop prices that’s nearly a pair of Land Raiders an hour.

 

The letters pages gets two pages this issue with one of the letters complaining about the lack of Thrud, the editors asked for original script ideas, here’s one: Enter scene day, Thrud looks into the camera, apologies to everyone and kicks the stool out from under himself. Scene fades the black. Next week more Realm of Chaos. I think I nailed it. There are a few queries asking what Adeptus Titanicus was as last issue we only got a 1 page sketched advert for it, don’t worry you want have to wait for long.

 

Eavy Metal finishes us off with more Dark Future conversions and paint jobs

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This is of interest to you in 2016 because:

  • First Chaos army list in 40k
  • It contains the first ever Warhammer battle report
  • You can now play Wargames using actual balanced (probably) forces in Rogue Trader between Space Marines, Eldar and Chaos.

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