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DWARF TROLLSLAYER

THE FAMILIAR
If any Warrior is the poster child for Warhammer Quest, it would be, hands down, the 5th Official Warrior Expansion: the Dwarf Trollslayer. With his steadfast determination to seek a glorious death at the hands (or tentacles) of a hideous beast, the Trollslayer embodies what Warhammer Quest is all about: The demise of a hero in the dungeon Teetering on the edge of death!

The Roleplay Book
For those that have not yet played the Dwarf Trollslayer, this “familiar” portion of the review will catch you up to speed. For those that find it tedious because you already know the rules and have played him hundreds of times, go screw yourself bear with me.

If you’re a Warhammer Quest fan, you know that the Dwarf Trollslayer Warrior expansion rules are printed in the Roleplay Book that comes with the main set (shame on you if you’ve never read that far!) and is the reason that some fans consider him the 1st true Warrior expansion.

The rules are just as innovative and exciting when compared to all of the main box Warriors but also follow the theme and layout of most of the Warrior expansions (minus a few details).

Special Abilities
The Trollslayer never backs down from a fight or flees the dungeon, and you’ll find yourself cursing a lot pushing deeper into dungeons and taking more risks than ever before. If you have a closely knit band, you might find the team waiting longer to flee the dungeon, as they decide whether to leave their companion or die with him. To compensate for his inability to escape, the Trollslayer is given a magical weapon to start that causes an extra Wound as well as a big Strength bonus ability if his To Hit roll is a 6.

Healing & Gold
He cares not for purchasing basic healing items (except for Stonebread) or using armour or shields and always seems to find the biggest, baddest Monster to clash weapons with. He’s limited with the amount of gold he can carry around, although he still keeps tracks of kills in the forms of trophies (fingers, heads, toes, and other grisly body parts) so it doesn’t really affect his training or advancement.

Advancement
When he goes up a level, you have a chance that he gets a Barbarian skill (a 2D6 roll of 2, 3 or 4) or a Dwarf skill (a 2D6 roll of 10, 11 or 12). One third Dwarf and one third Barbarian, the Trollslayer expansion give you a fantastic replacement for either of those two regular Warriors. Rounding out the remaining skills are four distinctly Trollslayer ones. They are well-written and flesh out the death-seeking Dwarf nicely! His Ambidextrous Skill allows him to wield two axes at the same time and you’ll be on eBay before you know it, hunting for the right miniature to fill that niche.

Trollslayer Shrine
The Trollslayer Shrine is his own special location, which includes runes only he can get, special fighting abilities, as well as some amusing results regarding his distinctive appearance; his orange Mohican hair (which inspired the mb microbadge here on BGG).


THE FRESH
So you’ve noticed that the Trollslayer Rules are in the Roleplay Book and so you’ve never bothered to buy the expansion pack. Not only are you shunned by the Warhammer Quest community for being such a tight wad frugal player (he’s usually the cheapest of all the expansions you find on eBay) but you’re a pathetic WHQ fan wannabe missing out on all the goodies!

Cards & Rules
A most welcome addition in the Dwarf Trollslayer expansion pack compared to just the Roleplay Book are the high quality cards, just like you get in all the WHQ expansion packs. You can now start with a Warrior card that details all his statistics and abilities and as well as a RuneAxe card which reminds you of his starting weapon’s capabilities instead of being the big loser one with just a simple Adventure Record Sheet.

All the rules from the Roleplay Book are present and (sadly) there is only one fine addition: the Dwarf Trollslayer begins the game with three pieces of Stonebread, which helps balance against his death wish in the dungeon. Add to that his rule which states that the Trollslayer can eat it at any time, even during battle, and you increase his chances of survival even more. The Stonebread card is unfortunately only drab text (again well-written) and I would have liked to have seen a picture of this unique item.

Warrior Counter
If you’re like my gaming group and play the Advanced Game more often than the Basic, those cards rarely come out after the first adventure. The “card” in the pack that you will probably use the most is the Trollslayer Warrior Counter. Sure, you can use the Elf Counter Warrior Counter of whoever you decided to replace. But you'll feel worse as good about it as you would using the Minotaur figures for Ogres or Skaven for Beastmen. When your counter is drawn and it has the Trollslayer’s picture on it, you’ll finally feel like you’re actually IN the game instead of some just some onlooker.

Miniature
The best part of the Trollslayer pack is the finely detailed miniature specially designed for Warhammer Quest! Arguably one of the best Trollslayers every developed (to this day) by Citadel, the epic piece is always a player’s first choice for representing their Dwarf hero. Only the Citadel Dragon Slayer and Daemon Slayer miniatures (post 1995) can rival him, due to their larger and more impressive Mohican crests! If you get the Ambidextrous skill (and if you're psychotically obsessed like me) you might seek out many of the Citadel miniatures to represent your slayer.





THE FATAL
It could be argued that the Trollslayer brings more flavour to the table than the main box Warriors, but falls just a tad short when it comes to content as compared to the other Warrior expansions.

Rulebook
The Trollslayer booklet is the shortest of all the Expansion Warriors and it makes you wonder what was left out to turn it into such a casualty.

For one thing, the Trollslayer has no neat, extra items to purchase like most of the Warrior get to do. Worse than that, he is limited to what he can do at the Dwarf Guildmasters. But with his lack of passion for gold, don't expect to buy much anyway.

Notably absent (probably for the better) is an Uneventful Days Table which some of the other Warriors dread enjoy. You'll have enough to worry about in the Dungeon - Settlements just get in the way of fighting, killing, and dying!

Since the new runes and all the special abilities are wrapped into one table in the Trollslayer Shrine, the variety is extremely limited. You literally have six choices, only one of which contains a sub-table with three more results. If I were to “revive” this Warrior, I would start by extending that particular table.



THE CONCLUSION
The Trollslayer starts with some extra firepower that makes him a good alternative to either the Barbarian or the Dwarf, although dumping the Elf is recommended. The Trollslayer lacks armour but if you get the right skills you won’t even notice as he can be one tough SOB. Gold is not a focus for him, so don’t get too attached to the bullion and don't expect to purchase a lot of stuff while you’re in a Settlement. He starts with some healing, but probably won’t be passing it around for other Dwarfs to enjoy since he’s going to need every bit of it.

The box contents are top notch. The cards and counters are as cool as all the others and you can stop using the Elf token to represent the Trollslayer in your games. The miniature is one of the best ever made and it will see lots of time out on the table although you may opt in the future for a dual-wielding slayer if you get the right skill.

A Trollslayer’s death is only a matter of time and you’re going to be hard-pressed to keep him alive. Don’t be surprised if you hit the board in successive adventures with Trollslayer Grolick Firebrow, followed by his brother Barsko Firebrow, his son Grolick Firebrow II, and finally his grandson Urgtok Firebrow until you actually survive a dungeon. Rarely has our group had a Trollslayer player who has ever survived the first attempt into the depths. It goes without saying that an impressive death is quite easily achieved by everyone a Trollslayer in Warhammer Quest.

On the flip side, by playing the Trollslayer Warrior you will produce some of the most glorious victories that you’ll ever experience! Seeing an angry, suicidal Dwarf going off on a Monster twice his size just might inspire the rest of the group to join into the fray. And if you can drop that bad Minotaur all by yourself, you might convince the fainthearted not to flee the dungeon just yet. Alternatively, if the rest of the party sees catches even a whiff of your impending demise, don’t count on them to actually hang out to watch the conclusion – a glorious death is YOUR quest and not that of your fellow Cowards Warriors.

Nothing says Warhammer Quest like this expansion Warrior. If you get as much satisfaction watching Monsters finish off your hero as you do the reverse, then the Trollslayer is for you. If the Wizard rolls a ‘1’ and you hear yourself mumbling, “All the better…” then you are naturally born to play the Trollslayer. If friends abandoning you makes you laugh, then you know you picked the right Warrior. Just wave to them cheerfully and yell, "Up yours, you arseholes!" “See you in hell, suckers!”

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Re: DWARF TROLLSLAYER - The Familiar, the Fresh, and the Fatal
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Like in the article, FILL IN THE BLANK:

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... your wife has suggested that you seek(professional)help because of a
hopeless fascination with the best dungeon bash of all time,and you got your shrink into joining your WHQ gaming group. devil

Anther great post Littlemonk!
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Re: DWARF TROLLSLAYER - The Familiar, the Fresh, and the Fatal
the_bummer wrote:
"The Trollslayer Warrior is for you if you thought the original dwarf's "ballistic skill" meant you could roll to go ballistic at your foes."

Yes, a dwarf player thought it was a rage skill their first game, then graduated to the trollslayer and had even more fun.
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The Trollslayer Warrior is for you if.....

a family member at the dinner table asking you to "pass the Stonebread" gives you no reason for pause.
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The Trollslayer Warrior is for you if.....

you set a strict limit on the amount of wealth you are prepared to own, and will simply throw money away if you ever exceed that limit.
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finbikkifin wrote:
"The Trollslayer Warrior is for you if you thought the original dwarf's "ballistic skill" meant you could roll to go ballistic at your foes."


Congratulations, finbikkifin! You win!

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the_bummer wrote:
finbikkifin wrote:
"The Trollslayer Warrior is for you if you thought the original dwarf's "ballistic skill" meant you could roll to go ballistic at your foes."


Congratulations, finbikkifin! You win!

Here is 17.25 in geekgold. Purchase the Trollslayer microbadge and i'll reimburse you 8 geekgold!

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Ha Ha! Great write up!

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