Brand-new in the store is Dreadfleet, the tabletop miniatures board game from Games Workshop. Designed by Phil Kelly, and with art supplied by John Blanche and Alex Boyd, this handsome game pits the Pirate Lords of Sartosa against a coalition of Undead Pirate Captains.
Captain Roth’s hunt for the legendary Dreadfleet has led him deep into the fabled Galleon’s Graveyard. With the aid of the world’s most dangerous pirate lords, the Captain intends to send the Vampire Count Noctilus to a watery grave. Yet the count has allies too, each at the helm of a gigantic and unnatural warship. Can the pirate lords battle through legions of skeletal sailors, zombie sea monsters, and hurricanes of raw magic to slay the master of the Galleon’s Graveyard once and for all?
First impressions: the miniatures are absolutely beautiful. The imaginative detail sculpted into the pieces is mind-boggling, and should make each ship and fragment of terrain a pleasure to paint. The seascape game mat measures 5 feet by 3.5 feet, and is thin and flexible, with gorgeous graphics. The game is designed for two players, but is playable by up to ten. The miniatures vary in size (some ships and features are larger than others) but seem to average around 3 or 4 inches. The miniatures are supplied unpainted and do require assembly (this is a Games Workshop product, after all!) At present, Games Workshop considers Dreadfleet to be a stand-alone product, and has no plans to release auxiliary ships or units.
Recommended for ages 12 and up.