One of the main gripes I have heard and seen about Necromunda Underhive is the spreading out of the rules and the separation of different parts needed to play the game. Since release this has been the largest and most highlighted flaw with what is otherwise a great reinvention of a classic game.
With the passing weekend come and gone we have received what most Necromunda players had been clamoring for; an all-in-one Necromunda Underhive rulebook! No more using a flurry of books in one sitting. One for the gameplay, another for campaign rules, perhaps another for your gang and potentially another one for hired hands or bounty hunters. Could the need to haul several books to play one game be over?!
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Though, we don’t have a master tome which totally solves the problem just yet. What we have been given is a new Necromunda Underhive rulebook. This is to be your complete guide to playing gang warfare within the 41st millenium. It’s crammed full of rules, lore, art and content previously only available through Gang War supplements. A second book named Gangs of the Underhive was released alongside it contains the rules for each individual gang.
According to Games Workshop, inside the new Necromunda Underhive rulebook you’ll find:
– A closer look at the lore of the Imperium of Man, the hive worlds that serve it and Necromunda itself, plus the timeline of this iconic world
– An overview of the rules looking at the general principles of the game, how gang fighters work and everything you need to learn to get started
– The full rules, exploring each phase of the game from movement to close combat
– Rules for a host of different game types – from one-off skirmishes and tournament play to sprawling Dominion campaigns
– A huge host of scenarios and guidelines for setting up your battlefield, with rules for both close-quarters Zone Mortalis games and using Sector Mechanicus terrain.
– A set of powerful tools and rules for Arbitrators to construct their perfect campaign
– The full Skills list for Necromunda
– A quick reference sheet for checking out your key information at a glance.
Effectively, it becomes a one-stop shop for denizens of the Underhive. All presented in a really nice hardback book.
Gangs of the Underhive
As briefly aforementioned, the Gangs of the Underhive is your complete guide to all the house gangs of Necromunda Underhive. Inside is everything you need to form a killer gang of your own. Regardless of which gang colours you choose to fly.
Within can be found:
– A brief guide to the background and lore of each of the House Gangs battling for control of the underhive
– Rules for founding a gang for House Escher, Goliath, Orlock, Van Saar, Cawdor and – for the first time – Delaque, each with their own equipment lists, skill tables and fighter characteristics
– A choice of Hired Guns to add to your gang – design your own, or choose from 14 named Bounty Hunters
– Options for adding a host of Hangers-on, Brutes and Exotic Beasts to your gang – from Sloppers to Sumpkrocs.
– A complete and updated Trading Post. Allowing you to add all manner of wargear, bionics and even pets to your gang during campaigns
– 8 Skill lists for upgrading and specialising your fighters
– A quick reference sheet for checking out your key information at a glance
– A miniatures showcase. With beautifully painted examples of each of the six House Gangs as well as a selection of Hired Guns
This would be ideal for new players. However, experienced players have already brought into Necromunda, some in a very big way. This book could be seen as a kick in the teeth to those who own the four Gang War books individually. Despite being one of those owning these supplements, I am glad that Games Workshop have made this decision. I picked this up as I’d sooner have everything I need in one place.
The limited Edition slipcase I acquired looks absolutely great, too. Unfortunately, this is marred by a massive dent along the bottom.
See you in the Underhive!
All in all for both new and old gang leaders these two books are going to have to form a very early-on purchase. There is just so much stuff within. Certainly, you could buy the older books separately and print off the FAQs. But for the price of these books you effective receive an ultimate tome of Necromunda for great value. They are both hardback books which makes them much harder wearing than their paperback predecessors, too.
Players already invested may feel stung by the new Necromunda Underhive rulebook, somewhat understandably so. However, for new players or those looking to streamline their experience this product was a natural route to head down. Whether you’re pleased about it or not, should you wish to jump into the Underhive, now is surely the best time.