Warhammer: Age of Sigmar

Age of Sigmar
Reviewed by Simon Joseph
Date of Review: September 18th, 2015

If you already are familiar with the Warhammer franchise by Games Workshop, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is the revamp (or reboot) of Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy. For the uninitiated, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is a tabletop miniature war game that has its players to clash their armies in climatic battles.

As with the most tabletop miniature war games, players spend weeks and months (or even years in some cases) collecting, painting, and assembling their armies. With that said, some perceive the Warhammer franchise as more of a hobby than a game.

So how does Warhammer: Age of Sigmar play? Unlike its predecessor, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar is really simple to pick up, even for new players. The rules are simple enough for most to understand. With the removal of the point system that was in Warhammer: Fantasy, players can effectively play with as many miniatures as they would like, whether it is a simple skirmish of 10 models or an epic battle consisting of hundreds of models. Warhammer: Age of Sigmar also introduced Sudden Death mechanics to attempt to make things a tad bit better for players that have significantly lesser models than their enemy.

For the veterans of Warhammer: Fantasy, however, Games Workshop’s new iteration might be perceived as a blessing or an abomination. Warhammer: Age of Sigmar plays more like a roleplaying game more so than a war game. Some might also feel that the new iteration has lost its predecessors many charms like complexity or strategic warfare.

So is Warhammer: Age of Sigmar fun? It is definitely much easier than its predecessor for new players to pick up the game, and this is much needed for any franchise to stay alive. Players can ask their opponents in advance as to the size and scale of army that they should bring to the table, effectively creating their own balance, although some might perceive this to be a flaw. An advice for both new and old players; you’ll probably have more fun with your friends or at your local hobby store.

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