Games Workshops Space Marine – The board game is at the top of the “Hotness” list on the Boardgamegeek platform. So a real hit? The rating comments are not really benevolent - the board game currently has a meager 3,4 out of ten points.
Most of the time you can find real board game gems in Boardgamegeek's hotness list. Titles that make it onto the list generate attention. But that doesn't necessarily have to be positive, as Games Workshops Space Marine - The Board Game shows.
“This is not a board game”
Space Marine – The Board Game is advertised as a “riveting survival game in which the noble and stalwart Ultramarines Lieutenant Titus faces the swarms of the Tyranids.” The title is intended to bring the battles from the video game Warhammer 40.000: Space Marine 2 to the gaming table. However, fans on Boardgamegeek largely see it differently: “This is not a board game, but part of Games Workshop’s marketing,” is one criticism in the comments section. The associated rating of this user is 1 out of 10. Other users argue similarly and devalue the board game accordingly.
The title didn't get many reviews with a total of 42, but the trend is obvious. The basic tenor of the critics: Space Marine – The board game is not what the title promises.
Others at least see it pragmatically. You bought the game because of the miniatures included, because they are pretty cheap compared to the retail prices. 23 plastic Citadel miniatures are included, including Space Marine Lieutenant Titus of the Ultramarines. With a price of around 30 euros for the game, the average price for a minifigure is around 1,30 euros.
Not rated as a game, Space Marine – The Board Game could get good ratings. In any case, the top spot in the hotness list on Boardgamegeek ensures that the title gets a fair amount of attention, meaning it is also noticed outside of the Warhammer or miniatures scene.
However, this is not a fundamental problem with board game adaptations from Games Workshop: game titles such as Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, Warhammer Quest: Cursed City or Warhammer Quest: Lost Relics certainly prove their qualities as entertaining game concepts with an adventure touch. Their average ratings are also in the high range at Boardgamegeek.
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