Gorechosen Review Part 1: Unboxing

From the official Games Workshop Gorechosen product page:

The Contents

  • 4 Gorechosen Champion miniatures, each with their own ultraviolent playing styles and signature moves:
    • Redarg Bloodfane, Exalted Deathbringer
    • Kore Hammerskull, Skullgrinder
    • Heldrax Goretouched, Slaughterpriest
    • Vexnar the Reaper, Aspiring Deathbringer
  • a double-sided arena board with hex grid
  • 4 Fighter Reference cards, with rules and health trackers
  • 52 Action, Initiative and Critical Injury cards
  • 16 page rulebook, which includes rules for an additional four Gorechosen characters
  • assorted tokens and dice necessary to play.

First Look

After the success of Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Games Workshop is back in business with their boxed games. Unlike their army-building, tabletop wargaming business model, a boxed game comes with all that you need right out of the box—mostly. You still need paint, glue, and detail cutters, but you won’t need to track down extra rulebooks, army guides, or extra squads of warriors to fill out your ranks.

And their Gorechosen game brings a boxed game to the table in its most simplistic form.

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The box art features Khorne’s warriors in their full chaotic glory!

At $60 or £35 MSRP, Gorechosen’s price runs about the same as most other high end board games, making it an easy pickup for anyone looking to get into the miniature hobby.

Out of the Box

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Simple, compact, and cohesive.

After removing the lid, you’ll find the standard punchout components found in most games, and Gorechosen’s punchout pieces are (to my relief) kept at a minimum. Also packaged with the punchout components is a dual-sided fighting arena so that you can fight on two different battlefields.

The rulebook is short, saddle-stitched, and filled with enough lore to introduce players into the lore of Khorne, the Chaos God of Blood. There are brief descriptions of all four warriors, as well as blood-filled descriptions of what it’s like to live within Khorne’s legions.

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Miniatures and cards are stored in clever compartments.

There are four miniatures, each on its own sprue set so that they can’t be mixed up, and the reference cards for the “heroes” are backed with a thick sheet of cardboard to prevent bending. As with the cardboard punchouts, there is not an abundance of cards or figures to overwhelm people who are new to miniature games. Content-wise, the game is simple and clean: each person gets a fighter, a handful of punchouts, and a reference card. Throw it all into an arena, and place your bets!

Storage

My immediate worry when buying this game was miniature storage. I didn’t want to buy another foam tray to store the four combatants, especially if it meant hauling the foam storage around with the boxed game wherever I went. Games Workshop’s previous game, Silver Tower, didn’t provide storage for miniatures once assembled, so I was in for a surprise with Gorechosen.

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One box fits all.

Immediately from the picture above, you can see four slots in the bottom left to store the four assembled miniatures. You may need to apply foam padding or magnetized bases, but hey—you can put these minis back in the box! There are several storage compartments as well for cards and dice, so you can show up with just the box and no other storage because it all fits.

Assembly, Paint, and GORE!

Like most other Games Workshop products, you will need to assemble and paint the miniatures to get the game ready, which requires other purchases. If you already have miniature paints, you’re set. Otherwise, you’ll be shelling out $30-$40 for a paint set. Don’t buy this off the shelf for someone thinking that it’s a ready-to-play game out of the box. At it’s heart, it’s still a hobby kit.

Also, keep in mind that the theme of this game revolves around four warriors trying to brutally murder each other to please the evil god of blood, slaughter, and war: Khorne. There are several adult themes and demonic characters, so keep in mind who you’re purchasing this game for if it’s meant to be a gift. You might not want to bring it to grandma’s board game night.

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All the contents set out.

Be on the lookout for part two of our review, where I paint up Redarg Bloodfang, the Exalted Deathbringer!

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