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Warhammer Quest (1995)

Warhammer Quest was the definitive pure dungeon crawler released by Games Workshop in 1995. It is a co-operative game for four players, and unlike most dungeon games it does not require a player to control the dungeon as an overlord. The expandability of this game was almost limitless, with official hero character expansion packs and two boxed adventure scenarios, and the core box contained a large rulebook and bestiary allowing new monsters to be added. There was also a roleplay book used to level up your heroes with new skills. It remains a highly sought after game even now and is pretty expensive to get, although still worth it in my opinion, and I was fortunate enough to collect almost all of it while it was in the shops.​

Warhammer Quest Core Box Set

The main set comes with four heroes in the Barbarian, Elf, Dwarf and Wizard, each with different core skills, and a host of amazing dungeon creatures, plus orc, goblin and skaven monster groups. The dungeon tiles are excellent including corridors, small rooms and larger objective rooms, and they still stand up well with today’s game standards. The greatest asset of this game is its freeform questing experience, where you never know what encounter will happen next or indeed how many monster you will face. It was a masterpiece of game design, and it has taken over 20 years for newer exploration games to finally match it.

 

Lair of the Orc Lord

This was the first adventure expansion which continued the heroes storyline with pre-written adventures for levels 2 or 3. This has an Orc dungeon setting that is thematic and brilliant, with an Orc boss and a shaman, extra Orc guards and a squig hound. If you managed to get a copy of this then you are very lucky as it is very hard to obtain now, and is probably the most important expansion you can get, given it provides an easy way to continue playing with your heroes after their initial quests. It also expands upon one larger quest from the original roleplay book.

Catacombs of Terror

The second and final adventure box set was the undead world. Again this is dripping with theme and storyline and this time the pre-written story was for level 5 to 7 adventurers, and is therefore much harder, requiring new extra monsters to help fill the dungeon at the right level. It also remains a highly sought after item and is a beautiful pack, and is generally considered an essential expansion if you are a collector.

wardancerHero Characters

There were 9 official hero characters released with their own boxes, cards, equipment and rules. These included Pit Fighter, Warrior Priest, Imperial Noble, Elf Ranger, Dwarf Trollslayer, Chaos Warrior, Wardancer, Witch Hunter, Bretonnian Knight. In fact a few more characters were developed and released as print and play rules such as the Halfling Thief and Kislev shaman. The boxed ones are more than enough to collect in reality, and it is hard to pick out the best ones, as different characters will simply appeal to each player. My personal favourites are the Wardancer and Witch Hunter.

White Dwarf Articles

Many important articles on the game were published in the Games Workshop magazine called White Dwarf. I own all of these and would recommend the following as the best ones to find to expand your game.

Mission Impossible (WD185) – Gaol cell room tile and key plus extra quests

Flames of Khazla (WD186) – Khazla room tile and extra quests

Into the Depths (WD192) – 3 new board sections, a collapsed passage, stairwell and dead end

Domain of the Horned Rat (WD195) – Skaven adventure and laboratory room tile

A Green and Pestulant Land (WD201) – Chaos adventure and event card

Room for Improvement (WD204) – Sewer room tile and slaanesh events