We’re looking to get 1000 likes!

As some of you may (or may not) have seen, we are looking to boost our social media presence on Facebook.  We’ve decided to set up some milestones in which we will reward everyone with some awesome OFFICIAL Warhammer 40,000 wallpapers for your desktops.

The art work is taken from the back of the tactical objective cards.  We’re getting the ball rolling by setting the first milestone as 1000 likes (in which we’re over halfway there now).

The first wallpaper we are going to release is Blood Angels!

BAwallpaperScreenySo if you want to get in on this, then please like and share us about at:  http://facebook.com/derpstudios

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Playtest Tuesday’s! Cities of Death – Firesweep

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I fought a pretty intense battle against the Grey Knights recently in the Cities of Death mission “Firesweep”.  However I was pretty evenly matched with them (sort of, but turn 6 would have probably seen me wiped off the table though haha).  Both myself and my friend/QA tester Dale took the app for a spin.  Despite a few features not fully implemented, it went rather well.

Cities of Death is a great game type which I definitely recommend playing.  It puts a new twist on Warhammer 40,000 and is a really nice break from Eternal War and Maelstrom of War missions since the terrain setup is more scenery heavy than usual and the objective cards enhance that the concept of urban warfare in the 41st Millennium!  (Pro Tip: Take flamers and make use of your stealth and shrouded units, just make sure they avoid the aforementioned flamers!).

11865310_1021718437868187_1004009408880373526_oThe physical Cities of Death tactical objective cards were released in White Dwarf issues x and x, which also included a couple of White Dwarf exclusive missions (that we may bundle into the app at a later date). 

Due to these issues of White Dwarf selling out fast, not everyone managed to get hold of a copy.  Either that or those who don’t subscribe/don’t really pay attention to White Dwarf (I admit I don’t really read it much myself unless I see something with Tau on it) would of possibly missed out, which is a shame.

So in the £4.99 core app, players will get two decks for the price of one physical deck, those decks being the regular Maelstrom of War tactical objectives AND the Cities of Death tactical objectives (the app supports all 6 core missions for each game type).

Screenshot_2015-08-19-18-43-50Firesweep is fairly similar to the Maelstrom of War mission “Cleanse and Control”, only it uses the Cities of Death tactical objectives.  On the first turn you draw 3 cards and every turn after you draw upto 3 cards.

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You will find some of the cards are taken from the Maelstrom of War regular deck, however there are a few cards which play on the whole “Secure Objective X” but give bonus points for driving your opponent off the objective marker.

Fast armies always benefit when capturing objectives, there’s no doubt about it.  Eldar(s), Blood Angels, White Scars and Grey Knights can get around the board pretty fast and you can definitely win that way.  However you can also rival those fast armies by shredding units in the shooting phase, demolishing actual buildings and swatting down fast attack, vehicles and monstrous creatures as the cards above show.

For the game Dale and I played, we had to share out some of the scenery at the club we play at, however we could of probably packed our table with a lot more urban scenery.  Apologies for the quality of the pictures, my iPhone 4 isn’t the best when it comes to taking decent pics.

Photo 11-08-2015 20 02 24The board pictured above is custom made by Pork Chop gaming.  I think there are 3 scenery items which are GW purchased, however the rest is all made by members of our gaming club.

If we could of snagged more scenery, the board would of looked a LOT busier.  It was a 1500 point game, however the majority of our units are in cover.

Oh and here’s a picture of Dale, the victor! (and MY APP! :D)

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Playtest Tuesday’s! Maelstrom of War: Cleanse & Control

Hello ladies and gentlemen!

As you may be aware, Derp Studios has recently announced the existence of the Warhammer 40,000:  Tactical Objectives App, to be released Q3 2015 on Apple, Android and Windows Phone app stores.

Every Tuesday since the announcement of the app, we’ve decided to field test the beta version (this thing is constantly getting polished) in Warhammer 40,000 tabletop battles.  Each week my Tau Empire (may as well call them Derp Empire, since they fight for the Greater Good of Mother Derp at the moment!) will go up against different opponents playing different missions and faction decks.

We do have several social media channels so keeping all of them up to date can be a challenge, so we’ll try our best to keep these pages up to date!

So without further ado!

Maelstrom of War:  Cleanse and Control
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Here we go (insert a WAAAGH if applicable)!  The first ever field test of the Warhammer 40,000:  Tactical Objectives App, at Derp Studio’s local wargaming club Pork Chop Gaming!  Tonight it will be my Tau Empire going toe to toe against my good friend Rob’s Necrons!

Rob will be using his physical copy of his Necron Tactical Objectives and I shall be using the regular Maelstrom deck within the app.

What you can see on the tablet below (Tesco HUDL if anyone is wondering!) is the deck select screen.  You can swipe along to get to the deck of your choice to either purchase/play that deck.  However, like I mentioned earlier, I’ll be using the Regular Tactical Objectives, since Tau Empire don’t have their own deck (yet?).

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So to kick it all off, we’ll go with the bog standard “Cleanse and Control” mission, where we draw upto 3 cards each turn and score as many objectives as possible.  The screenshot below has buttons for missions 1 – 6 within the Maelstrom of War mission table (as titled in the top left hand corner).  There is the option to go back to deck select as well.  Instead of pressing the buttons to “jump to” a mission, you can also swipe your way across.  Last but not least, you can randomise what mission you want to play.  However for the purpose of this series of blog posts we will be going through each mission individually.

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Once our deck and mission are selected, we move swiftly onto the play screen.  As you can see, in the top left the the name of the mission is displayed clearly.  This also doubles up as a menu that has options of displaying useful information about the mission, restarting the game and quitting the game back to the apps home screen.  Along the top of the screen we have our important information.  Starting from the left we have our secondary objectives, these buttons can be toggled and light up when pressed and also awarding the player with a victory point for First Blood, Line Breaker and Slay the Warlord in any order or combination. 

In the top right we have a Victory Points AND turn counter, followed by the next turn button.  Upon clicking Next turn, a dialogue asking you to confirm will appear and if you don’t have 3 cards, then the app will draw upto 3 cards at random for you automatically at the start of your next turn.  Once you accept this there is no going back!  You might be wondering what the “You Rolled:” box is for.  Sometimes you will come across Tactical Objectives that offer more than one points value such as 1 or D3 or 1, 3 or D3+3 etc.  The “You Rolled:” box tells the player what they scored on the D3 or D3+3 dice rolls (they are truly randomly generated numbers, we like to keep things fair!).

If we avert our eyes to the bottom of the play screen we see the Discard and Achieve buttons.  Players can tap a card to enlarge it and choose to achieve or discard or drag the card onto the icon.  Discarding simply gets rid of the card (prompting a confirmation dialogue).  The same applies with achieving an objective, only sometimes you are presented with the option of how many points you have scored on that objective (we hope you play fair with this as only you and your opponent know how much you’ve scored, the app isn’t that clever!).

You might also notice that these screenshots contain completely different turn one objectives…that’s because I forgot to screenshot what I had during the battle.

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There are a few minor graphical errors that we are aware of, but as you can see, the screenshots clearly state it’s a development build so it won’t be perfect just yet!  Now in terms of the actual battle, the Necrons were a lot faster than I thought.  I mean I though Tau were pretty mobile but these Necrons bum rushed me with scarabs and wraiths and tore me apart.  Below is a photograph of the board and on it is an entire unit I hadn’t had chance to put away in my case just yet as well.  You will also notice my Riptide in close combat.  We can all guess how that turned out.  Anyone who’s thinking “that massive mech would surely win!?” think again!

 

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Warhammer 40,000 Tactical Objectives

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Title:  Warhammer 40,000 Tactical Objectives
Licensor:  Games Workshop
Developer:  Derp Studios
Platforms:  iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8
Price:  £4.99
Published:  Q3 2015
Current Status:  In Development

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Welcome to the Official Warhammer 40,000 Tactical Objectives App*! The core app contains tactical objectives and missions for Maelstrom of War and Cities of Death. Faction based decks are available through In App Purchases.The app is frequently updated to coincide with the releases of the limited physical copies of Games Workshops’ faction specific Tactical Objectives.

*This is one of the first Games Workshop licensed hobby apps to officially and directly support the Warhammer 40,000 Tabletop wargame.

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Derp Studios – Official Games Workshop Licensees!

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Warhammer 40,000 – Tactical Objectives App

Derp Studios Ltd is proud to announce the signing of an agreement with THE revolutionary fantasy and sci-fi tabletop wargaming pioneers, Games Workshop, to develop and launch the Warhammer 40,000 – Tactical Objectives App for Apple, Android and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices.

The Warhammer 40,000 – Tactical Objectives App app is a must have for all fans of ‘Warhammer 40,000’ (7th Edition) and is based upon the tactical objective cards used in the ‘Maelstrom of War Missions’. The app will feature all 36 tactical objective cards, as well as providing support for each of the 6 Maelstrom of War Missions. In addition, users will be offered in-app purchases allowing players to add the faction deck of their choice.

As an added bonus, the new ‘Cities of Death’ tactical objectives and missions that were revealed in issues 47 and 48 of White Dwarf will also be included in the App Store price!

The Warhammer 40,000 – Tactical Objectives App will be available for purchase via Apple, Android and Windows 8 mobile app stores in Q3 2015, with an initial SRP of GBP £4.99/EUR €5.99/USD $6.99/CAD $6.99. Additional In-app purchases for faction specific tactical objectives will have an SRP of GBP £2.49/EUR €3.59/ USD $3.99/CAD $3.99 each.

We are truly thrilled to be an officially licensed Games Workshop developer. We’re small team with a real passion for Warhammer 40,000. We designed the app so all players can have the chance to own a tactical objectives deck for their faction, without the worry and frustration of them selling out, due to high demand” commented Chris Ledger, CEO and Lead Designer, Derp Studios Ltd.

We are very excited to have developed the first official Warhammer 40,000 hobby support app!”

To request more information on the Warhammer 40,000 – Tactical Objectives App, please contact Chris Ledger at Derp Studios Ltd (chris@derpstudios.com)

Supported devices:

  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich and above,
  • iPhone 4/iPad 2 and above
  • Windows Phone 8/8.1

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About Derp Studios Ltd

Derp Studios Ltd is a small UK based, independent game development studio, founded in early 2012. The studio focuses on development for PC and mobile platforms, both for in-house funded projects and work-for-hire projects.

About Games Workshop

Games Workshop® Group PLC (LSE:GAW.L) is based in Nottingham, UK. Games Workshop designs, manufactures, retails, and distributes its range of Warhammer® and Warhammer® 40,000® games, miniature soldiers, novels and model kits through more than 400 of its own Hobby centres, the Internet and independent retail channels in more than 50 countries worldwide. More information about Games Workshop can be found at www.games-workshop.com and further details about all of Games Workshop’s licensees and their products are at licensing.games-workshop.com

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