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This question constantly pops up on Reddit: how do I start playing, and what do I need?
While there are different box sets out there, as well as the Crypt of Blood starter set, you actually don't need either to play Warcry.
What are the absolute essentials you need to start playing?
- At least 14 six-sided (D6) dice.
18-24 is a nice amount. Each player has 6 dice to roll each turn, and some extra dice to roll your attacks with. Dice can also be used to count wounds on a model, in which case the more the better.
- A way to measure inches, such as a measuring tape.
- Some form of tokens to show when models are waiting/have one action left. Tokens to depict if they haven't gone yet (a "ready" marker) is useful too, otherwise you need to remember it. These tokens can be anything: tokens from Kill Team, scraps of paper, you name it. You will also need to track wounds. This can be done with dice, numbered tokens or written on a piece of paper (or the warband fighter cards if you printed them off from Warcrier).
- Two warbands (more on this below).
- A surface to play on! Terrain is important to the gameplay experience, but not essential to playing your first game. The battleground is 22x30 inches (the same as Kill Team), but for your first games, it doesn't matter too much.
Warbands: bespoke vs standard
Warbands come in two flavours: bespoke and standard. The only difference between the two categories are that bespoke warbands have been created specifically for Warcry. These have their own page here on Warcrier.
Bespoke warbands are designed to be ready-to-play out of the box (although you may want to augment them once you play more). There are two bespoke warbands in any of the big Warcry boxes (the ones that come with terrain), and they can also be bought individually. Warcry has had two editions, and while the rules are largely the same, the points/stats are slightly different. The updated fighter profiles for the warbands are listed here on Warcrier.
- Warcry v1 boxes (red and black 'chaos' themed): Warcry Starter Set (Iron Golems vs Untamed Beasts), Red Harvest, Catacombs.
- Warcry v2 boxes (brown 'Ghur' themed): Heart of Ghur, Sundered Fate, Bloodhunt, Nightmare Quest.
Standard warbands are made from existing Age of Sigmar (AoS) models, and are more varied. This is a great starting point if you have existing AoS models, or purchase one of the AoS starter boxes. A warband list needs to be below 1,000 points in total (so ideally as close as possible to 1,000). There are a few other criteria to make a valid warband, listed here. Warcrier has a Warband roster tool (the 'list' icon at the bottom of your screen) that can also validate your list for you.
What about the Warcry: Crypt of Blood Starter Set?
The Crypt of Blood Starter set has a great set of starting battles that help you learn the game. However, the models it contains are about half the size of a warband each, so you would need to buy more models for each of the two factions included.
What's the cheapest way to get started?
Assuming you have no models, and are not buying models off a marketplace (eg eBay) or second-hand, then the cheapest option is to buy the Age of Sigmar Warrior starter set. This will give you enough models to build two full warbands (Stormcast Eternals Thunderstrike Stormcasts and Kruleboyz).
Outside of this box, you will just need some more dice and this website.
What about terrain?
Terrain is a big part of Warcry, and verticality makes a difference in games as well. It is strongly suggested you acquire some terrain to play your games with as soon as you can. Warcry box sets that come with terrain also feature terrain layout cards, however these are optional; any terrain and any layout is viable (as long as it's fair!). This method is referred to as "alternative" terrain rules.
How do I learn the rules?
Warcrier has all the rules required for all the ways to play. GW also released the core rules in a PDF. If you want a more guided learning experience, you can purchase Crypt of Blood, or you can watch one of the many videos on YouTube. Better yet, find someone and try a battle for yourself!