I've been excited waiting for this game to arrive, and theres a simple reason why, its the same reason I have thousands of painted toy soilders, it was a game I was bought for xmas at some point in the early 90's, that game was Heroquest. Heroquest was what started me (and many others of my generation) in the wargaming / roleplaying world, since that board game my interest has spread far and wide over the hobby. Hoping for a new Heroquest was a bit much, but still I've been aticipating this game alot and it arrived this morning, so I am happy with it? In a word yes, but I do have some niggles. First off there is a major difference between this and the Heroquest/Warhammer Quest style of dungeon crawler, there isn't a party of warriors all radically different who 'level up' this is more akin to Space Hulk in a dungeon, but thats cool as i love Space Hulk to. so component review:
Board Sections: Yeah the artwork is pretty seem to be of high quality, no issues here for me, I like the added flexibility that not 'jigging' the board sections brings, although i would have liked to have seen some plastic connectors similar to those in Warhammer Quest, but still its not a big issuse.
Tokens: made out of the same card as the baord sections, they're card tokens, and seem fine.
Dice: erm you get 7 D6's, they roll ok...
Rulebook: a 21 page black and white small rulebook containing 6 scenarios. Some nice simple rules, hopefully providing interesting tactical challenges, although as I've not played it yet can't be sure on this. Would have liked a few more sceanarios, but apparently we will be getting more online and in the mantic journal.
Models: the models themselves are fantastic, the skeletons in particular. They are the standard mantic sprues: 10-man skeleton sprue, 2-man skeleton warmachine sprue, 10-man revenant sprue, 5-man dwarf sprue and the 2-man sheildbreaker sprue. The sprues also contain another 2 skeletons bursting out of the ground, 2 undead hounds, a dwarf dog and a dead dwarf. I'm actually a lot more impressed with the dwarves in person than I have been looking at them on the web and now plan to add more to my dwarf army.
As i said above I'm really impressed with the quailty of the skeleton models, not exagerated the way GW ones sometimes are, and I already have 30 of the Revenants so knew exactly what to expect. There was one problem with my undead sprues though;
Mantic Points/Discount Card: you also get 2 mantic points and a £5 discount at mantic games website, which is a nice bonus, i spent mine on square bases......
So overall I'm happy and impressed, a few small niggles that won't bother me once the gorgeous models are painted. An impressive first attempt on the quality side i think and I can't wait to play it. I'll post my thoughts on gameplay once I've actually played it.