Shadespire Initial Look: part one

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This week I will be looking at the contents of Games Workshop's newest game, and first dedicated venture in to the world of competitive gaming: Warhammer Underworlds Shadespire.

It appears everyone and their dog is raving about how good Warhammer Underworlds Shadespire is. I've never played a deck building game like Magic so wasn't really sure what to expect with this aspect of the game, but I know from much experience that Games Workshop produce some of the best miniatures available, and are known for the high quality of their rule books and game components. So with birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, I popped to my local Games Workshop and picked myself up a copy.

Today I will be looking at the box, cards and tokens.

The first thing I noticed, when picking this off the shelf was how deceptively heavy the box is for its size. Most of us will have seen what was in the box, and heard of the quality of the contents, feeling the weight was confirmation that this box is packed with stuff. Once home, and after ripping open the cellophane, which turned out to be a lot harder than I expected. The contents of the box were very well packages, with cards, sprues, board and counters all safely contained within the box.

I popped out all of the tokens. The game pieces are made of nice thick high quality card board, and I had no issue with tearing, that you get with lesser quality games, whilst freeing the tokens form their boards.
The game comes with a load of little plastic bags to put your tokens in, and  I soon had each of the different type of token in its own individual bag. Not only would this make finding the correct token easy, but would help my OCD as I wouldn't need to mix up different types of token.

You get three decks of cards in the game, two prebuilt starter decks, one for the Stormcast and one for the Bloodbound, and a third deck that contains further cards for use once you've had a few games and are ready to enter the domain of deck building. All three decks are cellophane wrapped and are clearly marked so you can be sure you wont make any mistakes with which decks you should be starting with.

The cards themselves are, as you would expect, high quality and in full colour. Not being a veteran of the collectable card game world, I didn't buy the optional card sleeves that are available, but as it stands I don't see that I'll need them as the quality of the cards means that they should stand the test of time. If I find that I play this game a lot and they start to show some wear around the edges then I may look in to some protectors.

First impressions of the product were really good. Weighty box off the shelf, and high quality components inside.

Tomorrow I'll look at the Khorne Bloodbound Warband.

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