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Warhammer 40,000 board game Blackstone Fortress’ final expansion is out next week

New rules mean “it's almost impossible to play the same game twice”.

The last expansion for Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress, the Warhammer 40,000 board game released in 2018, will be hitting tables next week, Games Workshop has announced.

Blackstone Fortress: Ascension introduces a new mission, the Quest to Endure, to the dungeon-crawling game, as well as a new enemy type: Guardian Drones, larger counterparts to the Spindle Drones previously seen in the game. The expansion box comes with two miniatures for the machines, which can be assembled in the form of launching a Hover Drone or not, along with rules for their use in Warhammer 40,000.

Ascension’s gameplay sees the players’ group of explorers searching for a central stronghold while facing the challenge of changing surroundings, with the expansion’s description stating that the dynamic environments mean “it’s almost impossible to play the same game twice”.

Games Workshop has confirmed that Ascension will be the last expansion released for Blackstone Fortress, following The Dreaded Ambull, Traitor Command, Escalation, No Respite and Deadly Alliance, as well as a number of smaller additions and mini-expansions. Rules and content released in Games Workshop magazine White Dwarf were collected in a 2019 annual for the game, released last year.

The expansions have added characters and creatures from across the Warhammer 40,00 universe, from Chaos Cultists and the Ambull to the Zoat and Imperial Navigator Espern Locarno, all of which can be used in the miniatures game.

Releasing alongside Ascension is a tie-in Black Library novel of the same name by Darius Hinks, along with a paperback anthology of stories set inside the space station and audio drama Augur of Despair.

Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress - Ascension will be released next week, Games Workshop announced, with pre-orders going live on Saturday.

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