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  • Take on the role of Chaos god and be the first to corrupt the Old World
  • Based in the popular Warhammer Fantasy setting created by Games Workshop
  • For Ages: 13+
  • Number of Players: - 4
  • Playing Time: 1-2 hours
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  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 11.8 x 11.8 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: 1589946510
  • Item model number: GW01
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,273 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Chaos in the Old World

What hope can there be for the mortal world?
- Liber Malefic

In the Warhammer world, four Gods of Chaos battle for supremacy. Khorne, the Blood God, the Skulltaker, lusts for death and battle. Nurgle, the Plaguelord, the Father of Corruption, luxuriates in filth and disease.Tzeentch, the Changer of Ways, the Great Conspirator, plots the fate of the universe. Slaanesh, the Prince of Pleasure and Pain, the Lord of Temptations, lures even the most steadfast to his six deadly seductions.

In the Chaos in the Old World board game, each player takes the role of one of the malevolent Lords of Chaos. Each god's distinctive powers and legion of followers give the controlling player unique strengths and heretical abilities with which to corrupt and enslave the Old World. Yet, as the powers of Chaos seek domination by corruption and conquest, they must vie not only against each other, but also against the desperate denizens of the Old World who fight to banish the gods back to the maelstrom of the Realm of Chaos...for now.

The time of woe is upon us.
- Grimoire Daemonicus

Chaos in the Old World includes:

1 Rulebook
1 Game Board
45 High-quality, fully detailed plastic playing pieces
4 Threat Dials
4 Power Sheets
More than 175 Tokens
Over 125 Cards
5 Dice

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What hope can there be for the mortal world?- Liber MaleficIn the Warhammer world, four Gods of Chaos battle for supremacy. Khorne, the Blood God, the Skulltaker, lusts for death and battle. Nurgle, the Plaguelord, the Father of Corruption, luxuriates in filth and disease.Tzeentch, the Changer of Ways, the Great Conspirator, plots the fate of the universe. Slaanesh, the Prince of Pleasure and Pain, the Lord of Temptations, lures even the most steadfast to his six deadly seductions.In the Chaos in the Old World board game, each player takes the role of one of the malevolent Lords of Chaos. Each god's distinctive powers and legion of followers give the controlling player unique strengths and heretical abilities with which to corrupt and enslave the Old World. Yet, as the powers of Chaos seek domination by corruption and conquest, they must vie not only against each other, but also against the desperate denizens of the Old World who fight to banish the gods back to the maelstrom of the Realm of Chaos... for now.The time of woe is upon us.- Grimoire DaemonicusChaos in the Old World includes:1 Rulebook1 Game Board45 High-quality, fully detailed plastic playing pieces4 Threat Dials4 Power SheetsMore than 175 TokensOver 125 Cards5 Dice

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There is also a 5th player expansion, which adds some variety.
James C. Todd
The rules are simple to explain and game play is easily learned with about 20 minutes of explanation and after one game turn is well understood.
M. Hlavsa
For instance, if you play Khorne, you are the blood god and relish the chance to attack other players much as you can.
A. Cheung

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A. Cheung on September 18, 2009
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This game will ruin your game collection. All your other games will gather dust because Chaos in the Old World (COW) will be the only game that 3-4 people will beg to play.

COW is a game that has beautiful parity with diverse options to victory. Each player plays an evil god bent on destroying the world. The rules are simple. You summon creatures, play chaos cards, fight by rolling dice, then calculate points. Whoever has the most points wins.

How's that fun?

COW's master stroke is that each god adds its own flavor for playing the game. For instance, if you play Khorne, you are the blood god and relish the chance to attack other players much as you can. You get chaos cards that aid your bloodlust. By killing figures, Khorne also gains upgraded abilities through the game. Other players tend to flee from his reign of terror. The three other gods, Tzeentch, Nurgle, and Slaanesh, are much more subtle. For instance, each respective god can teleport, overwhelm, or control other players' figures. No god will ever play the same as the other 3. By playing as your god should, you stand an excellent chance to win.

Never does COW feel like playing solitaire. Each player is constantly watching the moves of the others and whispering to their fellow players in the hopes of creating fleeting alliances. The tension built during the game is astonishing as games are won typically by thin margins.

Chaos in the Old World's tension, variation, art, theme, and balance will have you and your friends lusting for more plays than other games. I cannot recommend COW highly enough.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Hlavsa on January 28, 2010
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I've been a fan of Fantasy Flight Games for awhile now but they have come out with something special in this title.

Pros: A Fast, Fun, Easy, Dynamic, Game.
Cons: Really needs 4 players to achieve balance, somewhat pricey for a board game but not unreasonable for what you get.

To start, the game is made from a traditional hard cardboard fold up style playing surface that is thick and durable. The pieces are plastic miniatures similar to Axis and Allies or Twilight Imperium. One drawback is the thin plastic used for the staff on the Cultist pieces breaks very easily but all the other pieces are very sturdy.

The rules are simple to explain and game play is easily learned with about 20 minutes of explanation and after one game turn is well understood. The simplicity of the rules system does not detract from the game however as it is similar to chess in minutes to learn lifetime to master. Play balance is such that, of the four games I've played to date, all of them were decided in the very last turn with only a few points separating first from second.

With four new players expect to play for about three and a half hours and once everyone is familiar with game play you could crack out a full game in a little over two. Setup is very fast taking maybe 5 minutes.

In the heart of the game each player takes on a demon faction vying for dominance of a mid-evil world with the one who corrupts the most locations or advances the fastest winning, however if time runs out all can lose. What makes this game very fun to play is the random event cards that shift the balance of power from one faction to another forcing players to come up with new strategies to win each time they play. This randomness also means that you will never play the same game twice.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Kazimierczak on April 26, 2010
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Chaos in the Old World is a fast paced interesting spin on the world conquest genre set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe. It is for 3-4 players, but ideally 4 players as the balance issues crop up a lot with only three. Each player takes on the role of one of the gods of chaos who is intent on corrupting the world, and the game has a phantom fifth player which is the world and all its pitiful mortal denizens who are trying to survive and stave off the apocalypse.

Pros:

-Short: It's a relatively short game, taking 2-3 hours to finish (about 3 hours for your first game). This is great if you don't have endless time to kill and are petrified of more daunting wargames like Axis & Allies or Twilight Imperium which could suck up a whole day.

-Immersion: The flavor text and personality for each chaos god is excellent. Each chaos god has unique winning conditions and powers that fit his idiom. For example Nurgle plays a Rain of Pus card on a battle to gain defense. You have to alter your strategy to fit your particular character's strengths if you want to win.

-Pick up and play: The game mechanics are pretty easy to pick up and play compared to many other army combat board games; making it easier to bring this up with casual gamers who are intimidated by giant rulebooks and stacks of chits.

-Randomness: Good and bad. I like the randomness of Old World card events, but they tend to cripple certain players if they fall just right and sometimes they never recover. It does make every game unique, but that is not always a good thing especially when you win or lose at the whim of fate.
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