Breaking down the games at Games Day

August 19, 2010|By Kayla Bawroski, The Baltimore Sun

For those who haven't spent years in the gaming world, it can be hard to choose armies and alliances. Do you want to battle war machines in year 40,000? Or follow Frodo Baggins and his companions as they journey through Middle-Earth on a quest to destroy the Ring? The various armies and scenic battles can be overwhelming, which is why we've broken it down for you.

Warhammer The original fantasy realm, Warhammer was created to give gamers an opportunity to participate and battle in their own world. Featuring fantasy creatures from vampires to dwarfs, Warhammer has it all. This game combines the strategy of any war game, like the popular board game Risk, but throws in magical elements. After all, the bloodthirsty and brutish Orcs do not approach a battle in the same way as the Dire Wolves.

Warhammer 40,000 Humanity is at the brink of extinction, trapped in a battle with the alien forces of the 41st millennium. You can choose to defend humanity or help with its destruction in Warhammer 40,000. The game can be played in series of battles or through an epic war campaign. Follow the Space Marines as they defend humanity from the aliens and Daemons, or represent the Tau Empire, a fairly new race in the universe whose intent is to rapidly expand through destruction, or channel the witch hunters of the 17th century and become a member of the Ordo Hereticus, a branch of the future Inquisition. The armies are countless, and Warhammer 40,000 encompasses them all.

Lord of the Ring Strategy Battle Game If following the Lord of the Rings trilogy, whether in film or book, sparked a desire to do battle in this world, then Games Workshop's Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle game is right for you. Re-create the epic battles of "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King" in this board game. Defend Middle-Earth with the renowned spears of Rohan, or play for the dark side as the evil Orcs of Mordor. This game offers lovers of the trilogy an opportunity to revel in the battlefield, and experience the story as a warrior.

Kayla Bawroski

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