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DavidSL
20-08-2009, 18:45
Hey all,

As the title asks, really? Whatever happened to this game? When I was still actively into GW this game came out and excited me beyond belief. It also pretty much started the trend for home conversion as far as I could tell - the game invited you to convert as heavily as you could the vehicles included.

Got to thinking about this today after reading the Ork appreciation thread on the 40k forums. Seems like this game has just disappeared?? I left the hobby about 8 years ago so have been out of the loop - but have always wondered about this!

Wintertooth
20-08-2009, 19:05
You can download the rules - though not the Digganob expansion - from the GW web site (http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?catId=cat1290025&categoryId=1100014&section=&aId=5300012), but that's it. I don't think it was much of a financial success. I found three copies dirt cheap only a couple of years after launch to start my old Ork army, and I heard they were giving it away with White Dwarf subscriptions for a while.

BigRob
20-08-2009, 19:07
Gorkamorka folded about a year or so after it was released. It got 6-7months WD articles and a suppliment in the form of Digganob. Miniatures for almost everything were released for the game and expansion but then 3rd edition 40K
came out and everything went down the pan. GW stopped producing other agames and Gorkamorka went specialist. There was some support for a while in the CJ and the Gubbinz magazine but that soon dried up too.

I dont think the game was intended to be a heavy convertathon but since the ork vehicles of the time were a bit rubbish, and the fact that WD was full of staff crazy conversions, people did. The new plastics are fantastic for it, but good luck getting hold of Diggas, Muties and Rebel Grot vehicles on eBay.

It was re-released for free on the GW Specialist games website last year, to conincide with the new ork plastics being all over the place.

Patriarch
20-08-2009, 19:52
Hold on until next year. My money is on GM being next year's splash re-release (as per Space Hulk this year).

Griefbringer
20-08-2009, 21:13
As for Diggas, perhaps those could be converted from the Catachan and fantasy human plastics out there?

Not sure what muties really looked like, though.

hereticdave
20-08-2009, 21:13
Gorkamorka over Necromunda? I hope not :D

TheBigBadWolf
20-08-2009, 21:21
Hold on until next year. My money is on GM being next year's splash re-release (as per Space Hulk this year).

Nah, they would just need to re release the cardboard buildings as the rules are online, the battleforce is an excellent starter for Gorkamorka, so much so that I was thinking of getting one for my bro (Doesnt really play 40k but loves BB and BFG and he used to like Gorkamorka)

RevEv
20-08-2009, 21:25
IMHO Gorkamorka was released to fill the gap between 2nd an 3rd edition, but did better than anticipated.

During this period I was working for GW and, for the Sci-Fi orientated gamer, we were encouraged to promote Gorkamorka (which didn't really go down well in the store) and Necromunda (which was being run as a huge campaign on a great board that was the prize for the overall winner). We also played a lot of Blood Bowl. This was also the time that BFG was released as a free game through WD using card inserts, and Sulphur River was released in a very limited manner ... that's right, GW did used to support and promote what is known now as Specialist Games.

On the WH front we were trying to flog the Castle at 90, so there is some evidence that GW DO lower prices occasionally.

Lewis
20-08-2009, 22:30
It really didn't start the trend for home conversion....Unless you mean that Gorkamorka made people want to build conservatories

chromedog
21-08-2009, 04:24
There are copes of Digganob floating around the internets if one knows where to look.
Not all of those roads lead to the cove where peg-legged miscreants count their booty.

One of the clubs I play at is undergoing a gorkamorka revival at the moment.
It seems to be what the ork players are doing with their old trukks, traks and buggies.

Condottiere
21-08-2009, 04:54
It was an interesting read and put a new spin on Orks. Though being mushrooms, at the beginning I did find that hard to swallow.

snurl
21-08-2009, 05:13
It was an interesting read and put a new spin on Orks. Though being mushrooms, at the beginning I did find that hard to swallow.

They're great on a pizza.:D

RevEv
21-08-2009, 07:16
With Salami :D

Danteng7
30-08-2009, 16:48
Hold on until next year. My money is on GM being next year's splash re-release (as per Space Hulk this year).

Thats what my LGS said too. GM will be released next year, around Aug/Sep.

Grumblebelly
05-09-2009, 17:09
The ultimate reason for the original Gorkamorkas failure was probably poor quality miniatures and clumsy vehicle rules.

The Ork miniature kits are way better now however I think they would still have great difficulty making the vehicle rules more playable.

BigRob
06-09-2009, 07:24
The ultimate reason for the original Gorkamorkas failure was probably poor quality miniatures and clumsy vehicle rules.

The Ork miniature kits are way better now however I think they would still have great difficulty making the vehicle rules more playable.

Depends how much you want to keep to the original rules. One of the strengths of Necromunda was that when released and for some time afterwards it used the 40K rules so people who played 40K could drop into Necro and have a good idea of how it worked. Gorkamorka was the last game before the big change to third edition and although it had breathing space before the change it didn't take off enough to keep it going once the main rules changed.

And yes, alot of the miniatures were terrible if you compare them to now, but look back and you'll see that, at the time, they were actually pretty good.

Jinra
19-12-2009, 01:49
Can anyone pm some clues on where to find ye olde Diggas pdf, I have one on order from Ebay but I won't get it for ages! Google is full of dead ends :(

Not started playing yet, but started converting some boyz. Can't wait to get a few games in.

HaunterV
20-12-2009, 05:19
I loved Gorka morka