Infinity: Where to Start?

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It’s daunting getting into a new system, especially without veteran to guide you. Here are some easy and cheap ways to jump into Infinity.

The easiest and most cost effective starting point is to go halves with a friend on a 2 player starter set. This really is everything you need in a box, it even has scenery! Currently there are 2 starter sets available, Operation Icestorm, pitting PanOceania against Nomads, and Operation Red Veil, with Haqqislam and Yu Jing squaring off.

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The beauty of these boxes is they are designed to ease you into infinity with series of very basic missions and slowly introducing more advanced rules. This avoids you from becoming overwhelmed with rules if you just start trawling through the rulebook.

The only reason not to start with one of these boxes is if you don’t like the included factions, or you can’t talk a friend into taking the plunge with you (though you could always sell the faction you don’t want to play).

Rules

Corvus Belli has recently tidied up their rule set, updating everything to the latest edition, referred to as N3. This has made things much easier!

Because CB is a great company, the rule books are availed for free as PDF downloads on their website. This helps if you want to learn more about the rule set before investing in the game, or are happy using PDFs. But if you are a bit old school like me, you still like the feel of dead tree in your hand. If that’s the case you want to buy the N3 core rulebook, which is also the only way to get the fluff, if you care why your little men are trying to kill each other.

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The second book you will need is Human Sphere N3. Without going into the history, this book contains many additional rules not covered in the core rule book. It’s not an expansion in the traditional sense (new factions or campaigns); it’s more of an extension of the core rules.

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Don’t like the models in the starter sets? Then the next best option is the sectorial or faction starter packs. These boxes are only miniatures, so lack the tutorial campaign, scenery etc. The models included are not designed to be beginner friendly, so I highly recommend playing with standard line troops to start and slowly introduce more ‘rules dense’ models one at a time.

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And that’s it! You and a friend can jump into Infinity for a minimal investment by splitting a 2 player starter, then using the free PDF rule books to advance. But as with all miniature games, once you start it can be very hard to stop!

How did you start in Infinity? 

 

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  • Dragons Claw

    Or Evan cheaper download the pdf and proxy a few games with some friends I’m sure you have some 28m figures lying about that could do the job and there’s a quick start rules pdf on the corvus bell sight that breaks you in gently with basic movement and shooting and getting the hang of the aro mechanism

  • WellSpokenMan

    There are also two “army in a box” sets that can be had for about $80-90. They aren’t as beginner friendly, but if you’ve got a local group or a friend that already plays, they can work as an entry point as well. The WGC Infinity Facebook group is a great way to find out if people in your area play the game.

    Also, a really useful feature of Infinity is the fully supported online army builder (https://army.infinitythegame.com/) that is linked to a rules wiki. Simply select a unit to review their stats and special rules, then click on the rules you don’t know for a quick breakdown of what they do.

    • ZeeLobby

      The online army builder is awesome. I wish more systems offered this.

      • NagaBaboon

        The only thing I’d say about it is at the beginning it was was so hard to use because the unit symbols are meaningless, dropping it to the side bar or using the mobile version helps because the names appear without scrolling over them but it should default to that to start with then remember from your IP which one you select, also I think they should have a beginner mode which not only has the name next to the unit symbol but also brings up a picture of the actual model when you move over the symbol

        • ZeeLobby

          Oh, no doubt. There is definitely room for improvement. It is super convenient to be able to access an army build from any device at any time though (assuming internet access).

      • JL

        Hard to sell army lists at $50 each when you do this.

        You know who i’m looking at.

        • ZeeLobby

          Haha, true. They could probably get away with selling fluff and/or formations, or even campaign books, but they definitely wouldn’t make as much so it’s probably a nogo.

  • Frank

    I wish Infinity caught on around here. We have a lot of people that have minis, myself included, but after an initial wave of enthusiasm it died off. The local community is just too small and too focused on 40k, X-Wing, and WM for other games to take off.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      here as it has been, and always will be, 40k drowns out all other games. Sure you might get a month or two of hype from the other games, but 40k is always king. That and Magic.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. Thankfully our local community has started moving on from both, being replaced with mostly WMH and Netrunner. Flames of War, X-Wing, bolt action and Infinity are played often as well. Good time to be a gamer. I’m sure 40K will pick back up with 8th, but several key organizers just got frustrated with the state of the game.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Wish that was the case here, warmachine across my state is mostly ignored except with small month long spurts every other year. Malixfaux is like that too. Xwing was big, but is now just like two dudes except when three towns over there is the occasional tourney. Oh well.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. I think a lot of it is the lack of depth. We’re all addicts here, and GW has a TON of stuff to buy, and releases at a faster rate than most others can keep up with.

    • ZeeLobby

      Finally got my smaller group to take the bait. Gonna have an infinity day over the holidays. We’ve been having a lot of fun playing WMH lately, but the steampunk aesthetic isn’t for everyone. I personally can’t wait to paint some of these battle suits.

    • WellSpokenMan

      The downside to Infinity is that it takes a lot of work to be good at the game. Once the initial infatuation with the cinematic elements wears off a lot of people stall out before they hit that next level.

  • Antipodean

    Played through the entire Red Veil campaign (5 missions) last night in 3.5 hours. Great way to learn the system