Saturday, March 26, 2011

Second Edition Saturdays - Bommerz over Da Sulphur River

The time machine is still in the shop, so here we are, stuck in 1998.  The year that  US President Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives due to a “blue dress” incident, There’s Something about Mary and Armageddon entertained the masses at the cinemas, and television audiences were held captive by shows like, “That 70’s Show”, “Dawson’s Creek” and “Charmed”.   It was also the year that Games Workshop released “Bommerz over the Sulpha River.” Wikipedia describes it thus.

Bommerz over da Sulphur River 
Board game where Epic-scale Ork aircraft bomb Imperial installations along a river while avoiding defensive weapons, Imperial fighters and rock formations. Rules and board pieces recently re-published on the GW Specialist Games Website.

 The following is from 

In Bommerz over da Sulphur River you can take the part of the Ork Fighta-Bommer pilots, screaming down to smash the vital bridges. Or you can command the heroic Imperial defense, pouring a devastating stream of flak and laser fire at your attackers and directing the counter-attack of your brave but outnumbered Thunderbolt Interceptors.
Perhaps the strangest game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Being a Games Workshop game, it includes several aircraft miniatures from the Warhammer 40k Epic line.
The game has been recently (as of December 2005) been re-released in free PDF format by Games Workshop on GW's "Specialist Games" division website. Everything but the models (which are common GW buys) are now downloadable via PDF. See the Specialist games website for details.

Having played it, it actually is a great game for an afternoon of diversion, and beer. 
(Much better than the 40k booklet game they came up with…)

Here is a shot of the components and box…(again thank you to


  1. Awesome post. I am working on building copies of all the freebie mini games that you can download from GW. I printed out the 3 board sections on sticker paper and stuck them onto a board from an old board game. Still looking to source the planes since it would be more than $50 to buy from GW - if you know of any good alternatives I'd be interested.

  2. There was a post on the-waaagh forums that someguy scratch-built his own bommerz... I will see if I can find it.