Warpstone 15

Review by Craig Lockley

Edited by John Foody. Continuing with more excellent articles and interviews, Warpstone, the Independent Magazine for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, is still going strong with this 15th issue.

This issue kicks off with a full review of the new Warhammer 2nd Edition; the review consists of the views of five individuals, each giving their expectations, views on each section of the gamebook and conclusions. This is one of the most through reviews of anything I have ever seen (four pages long!) but when you have a revamp of the very focus of a magazine, it leaves a lot to talk about.

A number of other reviews follow, in particular the initial releases by Black Industries, tying in with the 2nd edition.

There follows a brief article on the different companies involved in translating Warhammer for France, Germany, Spain, Poland and Italy.

An excellent interview with Simon Butler, head of Black Industries, discusses various elements of the new game.

Tim Eccles brings an article on The River Lynsk, clearing up some of the contradictions printed in various books on Kislev (the Warhammer world’s equivalent of Eastern Europe). The article includes scenarios and adventure hooks to aid GMs wishing to use the area for their games.

Robin Low writes a very amusing article on Rat Catchers, which he describes as the definitive WFRP career. None of my players ever wanted to play rat catchers but this article adds so much meat to the career, so that could change.

A short encounter, “The Gibbet of Diedenhoff”, sets the scene of a haunting for characters to deal with.

‘Cold Warriors’ is a substantial article from Clive Oldfield, subtitled Spies and Spying in Marienburg. Riffing on James Bond motifs, it details Spies in the Empire, NPC enemies (Auric Goudvinger, anyone?) and some great scenario outlines. There is even a section on Bond-style gadgets to slide into the mix.

There is also the second part of Alfred Nunez’s epic scenario, Conspiracy: this is turning into a classic Warhammer adventure. Hopefully Black Industries will realise the talent this guy has and give him more work to do!

On The Road brings us three refreshing encounters from the pen of Roysten Crow and an article from Mark Parr entitled ‘A Taste of Boot Leather’ details street fighting in the Old World.

‘Among the Lowest of the Dead’, a short story from James Tait, is followed by Peter Rutkowski’s ‘Deep Down’, a description of an experimental underwater breathing device for the game.

All in all, Warpstone keeps up the quality set by Mr Foody and co in every issue and this is no exception. A must have for all Warhammer gamers.


This review originally appeared in Prism.

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Stephen Theaker's reviews, interviews and articles have appeared in Interzone, Black Static, Prism and the BFS Journal. Among other work for the BFS, he has been awards administrator, short story competition administrator, Dark Horizons editor, FantasyCon secretary and treasurer, and (briefly) chair.