BtGoA: The Xilos Horizon vs Kar’A Nine


Take a look at what the Gates of Antres starter sets have to offer!

Two great sets to choose from…

via Warlord:

Strike on Kar’a Nine – $49.99

Strike On Kar’A Nine introductory set – New for 2017!

Strike on Kar’A Nine is the introductory set for Beyond the Gates of Antares for anyone who’s never played a wargame, or for those who play other games such as Warhammer 40,000 who may be intrigued by an alternative system by the original designer, of said game, Mr Rick Priestley.

The full colour Start Here book is designed to coach you through, making your first steps as exciting and as simple as possible. The full rules are explained with a series of scenarios that gradually introduce the mechanics of the game. Each scenario introduces you to further rules, allowing you to absorb the basics, culminating in a final battle using everything in the box where you will be able to use all you have learnt.

Strike on Kar’A Nine also contains forces for both the Algoryn and the Concord, with dice, rules and templates plus a fold-out battle mat and cut-out terrain – everything you need to get started with the game wrapped up in a tempting £35 ($49.99) box set.


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Strike on Kar’A Nine contains over £50($80) worth of plastic troops alone in this awesome value set!

  • 1 64 page A5 full colour rulebook
  • 1 44 page Getting Started Book
  • 6 Order dice (3 Maroon & 3 Olive Green)
  • 1 pin marker frame
  • 1 blue templates frame
  • 15 Algoryn troopers
  • 10 C3 Concord troopers and spotter drones
  • 2 C3D1 Concord Light Support Drones
  • 1 set of polyhedral dice
  • 1 paper battle mat
  • 2 cut out scenery sheets


The Xilos Horizon $112.00

Where the new introductory Stike On Kar’A Nine set is about helping those new to the hobby or curious about the world (and fascinating rules) of Antares dip their toe in for a look, its larger brother is a full starter set that allows gamers to fully immerse themselves within the complete background of Antares.

Inside you’ll find far more than in the introductory set. Packed with army lists that describe six different Antarean factions: the PanHuman Concord, the Ghar Empire, the Isorian Senatex, the Algoryn Prosperate, the Freeborn Vardos, and the Boromite Guilds. The full size full colour rulebook is extensive in it’s depth of detail and the plastic miniatures offer something wholy new for Sci Fi gaming.

The rest of the starter set contents allow 2 players to get to grips with the Pan Human Concord or the Ghar Empire, with a very iconic and new Hi Sci-Fi look that’ll capture your mates attention when they roll onto a battlefield.


The Xilos Horison Box Contains everything 2 players would need to start their factions in Antares for just £70 ($112)

  • Full colour 260-page hardback rulebook.
  • Quick reference sheet.
  • Getting started booklet.
  • 3 multi-pose plastic Ghar Battle Squad walkers.
  • 3 multi pose plastic Ghar Assault Squad walkers.
  • 20 multi-pose plastic Concord Strike Troopers.
  • 4 plastic Concord support drones.
  • 8 plastic spotter drones.
  • Strike Leader Kai Lek Atastrin metal figure.
  • 12 order dice.
  • Ghar distort dice.
  • 13 Polyhedral dice.
  • Launch Edition plastic templates and tokens.
  • 12 red plastic pin markers.

The Choice Is Yours

So, as we said, we think you’ll be wanting both! But if you have to make a choice, Strike On Kar’A Nine is a simple ‘start here’ set with a fantastic price to help you and/or friends get started. Whilst ‘The Xilos Horizon‘ is the gamers starter set that again offers fantastic savings for 2 people starting new armies, and provides the full hardback rules that are a must to really understand the intricacies that are there to be discovered, as well as provide you with years of exciting and challenging game play.


Which starter are you picking up?

  • ZeeLobby

    REALLY wanna try this, but we just started infinity in our group. So i have to patiently wait until that either succeeds to the point where we get bored of it, or it fails. Then I can recommend something new.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      It is an amazing game, I highly recommend it!

    • Ira Clements

      Infinity is a really good game also.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. It looks great. We’re just getting started in our group. We play a lot of WMH and used to play a lot of 40K. One thing I miss a lot in WMH is the customization of warhead and units, which is a huge part of Infinity so I’m excited. I still haven’t decided between Combined Army, Yu Jing and Ariadna tho…

    • Andrew

      I feel you on that. Just moved to a new city, and already have a game to demo for people. (This is Not a Test) Even having all the stuff to play (three or four people could play in a campaign) trying to push another game feels like I’d be stretching myself rather thin.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. Right there with yah. Ever since I stopped buying GW products I have been able to play infinity, wmh and Netrunner simultaneously though which is fun. Just can’t add a 4th tho, haha.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    If you played this game, you would know how awful fighting the Ghar can be fore brand new players, especially a list like that. Ghar are find in the real game because you can take things that hurt them more effectively and you will understand that pinning enemies is often as good as hurting them.

  • SupPupPup

    Sooo. Why would I get this when Warhammer 40k exists.

    What does it offer that 40k doesnt?

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Solid and balanced gameplay, a more interesting turn structure, vastly cheaper (monetarily speaking), a more responsive staff, etc.

      • ZeeLobby

        But does it have giant stompy robots he can make pew pew noises with?

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          It has giant stompy lava creatures that you can go pew pew with #Boromites

          • ZeeLobby

            Good “some people” prioritize such things over rules, balance or company involvement.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            Boys and their toys, lol.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Honestly I have BA for the same rule set. I can’t get over the models, they just do not do it for me. However I am fine with BA even though some models are meh.. because I just buy models form all over as they are pretty “standard” due to historical I guess. Hmm, maybe there will be rules to sub in a BA army into there like time warp, etc etc.

      • SupPupPup

        I dont have problems with money, or balance (I play with my friends we’re more narrative gamers).

        40k is a bit bulky to be sure, but its still possible to have a fun game.

        I don’t think I’ve had more lovely or responsive staff than the ones I can go into my local GW store (UK) and chat to.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          Even when playing with friends, Eldar are a cut above everything else. Formations are terribly unablanced, with power levels ranging from god awful to amazing. Some codicies are well treated and supported, while others are left in the dirt for years and years.

          When it comes to 40k, I too am a narrative gamer but even I sigh when I look at how unbalanced the game is.

          You can totally have fun with 40k. One of the things I really like about Antares is that it can be a bit more exciting because no two games will ever be exactly the same thanks to the random initiative each turn.

          I quite like both games but I 40k is completely beer and pretzels, where as Antares can be that and a more competitive game.

          They also put a lot of emphasis on campaigns and stories, so you may like that as well 🙂

          • SupPupPup

            I play old school eldar. Melee and Guardians!!

            I will definitely give it a try, warlord games has stolen me away when it comes to rank and flank battles.

            I’ve heard they have had some great player involvement when it comes to campaigns (way better than Sigmar)

            Honestly for competitive games, you guys should play chess or go. Its miles ahead in terms of balance and strategy.

          • ZeeLobby

            Chess is also an extremely limited ruleset with a very finite number “units”. I’m just happy there are wargames that handle the competitive side very well.

          • SupPupPup

            Chess as a simulation of battle is limited, but as a game. I don’t think you could call the ruleset limited.

            At no point do the rules prevent (limit) the player from having agency over their current position.

            They are not under the will of the dice. All results are their responsibility.

          • ZeeLobby

            Er… Everything about chess is limited. Movement of pieces, number of pieces, types of pieces, number spaces on the board, order of activation, etc. I mean it’s limited with reason, to balance the sides as much as possible.

            Like you said it’s a bad wargame simulator, and that’s what we all love playing. Likewise I think 40K is a pretty atrocious wargame simulator as well. The point system in place honestly offers very little to organizing a confrontation.

            And randomization in games is just meant to represent random or unpredictable events on the battlefield. Randomize too much and it’s no longer a game. Too little and you have to start adding more limits to make the game interesting.

          • SupPupPup

            I don’t think chess is limited as there are a huge amount of meaningful choices.

            Unlike something like Warhammer, where sometimes there are the most efficient unit choices, or Age of Empires 2 where there is the most efficient build order or MtG where a deck might be the most efficient.

            Chess remains somewhat open to player choice.

          • ZeeLobby

            Huge amount of choices in a game, sure. Limited number in each turn though. And even smaller number of good choices each turn. This is because of the rulesets limits. There’s only so many choices per move, and for good players the majority are just bad choices. You can’t tell me any wargame has less options or mobility than chess though.

          • SupPupPup

            If we take 40k it has more choice, as its far more analogue however. How many of those choices are meaningful.

            If I position a unit .233 of an inch to the left instead of .311 of an inch to the right does that matter when I roll a 7 for a successful charge.

          • ZeeLobby

            Like I said above. 40K does a pretty bad simulation. In many other games that .223 can mean a world of difference. As well as what direction your model is facing. And it’s position regarding other models around it. I’d say 40K has the least limitations of any game, which makes it a pretty poor option for competition, and just degrades the impact of choices during gameplay.

          • DeadlyYellow

            Is chess like a cue for people to know the guy is a troll? That’s always how it feels whenever people bring it up.

          • ZeeLobby

            Pretty much. Whenever someone says they want rules that make sense and a game where every faction has a chance to win vs an equal opponent the fanboy response is always “geeze, go play chess”, like it’s what we’ve always wanted but never knew existed, haha. It does get old after a while.

    • Cosmic_Seth

      Also…It’s made by the guy who invented 40k, and he has updated the game to be more modern.

      • euansmith

        And the cover to the rulebook is a fun homage to the original Rogue Trader cover.

    • Agent OfBolas

      Full set of brilliant and simply rules.
      Something 40k will never achieve.

      • euansmith

        Fingers crossed for 8th Edition.

        • ZeeLobby

          Through mental will alone we will make it happen!

        • Agent OfBolas

          yup, it would be great. I can’t wait for Sigmarification of 40k.

  • Ira Clements

    I love the order dice system that Rick Priestly and Alessio cavatore came up with and I think BtGoA uses it really well. Honestly I prefer Bolt Action and Konflikt 47 but its all pretty fun. I still love 40k and the setting and love workshops models but 40k as a game is just dead to me. I will wait until they do something to finally try and improve the play.

  • euansmith

    I think that the new version looks to be the better entry point as the armies are a better match straight out of the box.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. I like that it starts small too. There’s no way you’ll expand that force without always using what’s in the box. Sometimes it feels like starters and bundles are used to simply move models that normally wouldn’t sell because of bad rules (poor poor sexy helbrute 🙁 )