GW fans will have been following this for some time, others on the periphery like me (whose only GW gaming is a few Specialist Games) only just became aware: Space Hulk was released mid last month. Yes, that limited edition one that came out in 2009, which was never to be repeated and which I tired to resist but failed...(see here). Well it has indeed been repeated, and thus it has met mixed reactions.
For those who missed out last time and bought it from evilbay for lots more than the RRP, there has been much sadness. No doubt there are those who had a bunch of nice shrink wrapped ones ready to demand ridiculous prices on ebay - they too are sad. For those who otherwise missed out last time there is happiness. For me, any renewed interest and the possibility of new material and I have a big smile.
So the new boxed game is the same as the last release with a few extras - 4 new scenarios, 2 boarding torpedo counters, a 6 square turbo lift section and new damaged room section voiding into space. Thats it, its all the same otherwise. Not enough to make one go pay for another set anyway. Though mine is on the other side of the world for the next 18 months or so...
What I did get instead was the WD#33 which is the issue which accompanies the Space Hulk release and has a bunch of details within. It shows the new board sections, though they are clearly smaller so just cutting them out and sticking them to cardboard won't work. It has a step by step playthourgh of the first Mission - Beachhead - which is one of the new ones, so you get that in this mag along with the rules for Boarding Torpedoes (which are essentially introduce a mildly randomised entry point). There is also a WD exclusive new scenario - Disable the Shields. I'm hoping that future issues similarly have new scenarios but I won't hold my breath. The usual game overview, painting guides etc are all in there too. Not bad value for $4
There are also digital rule additions available as iBooks to add 3 other Chapters to the game. I have yet to see these myself but understand that each one has 3 new scenarios. And at these prices I am unlikely too see them either just quietly: Downloadable content for physical games? Sure, I'm all for that. But surely a bundled hardcopy version isn't too much to ask for the veterans amongst us, particularly when most of it is recycled material from older editions. I'd love to hear from anyone who has these and what they think of them.