FFG: Runewars Unit Boxes Announced

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Runewars is getting more units – come see the first 4 expansion boxes!

We all had a feeling we’d be seeing more units from Runewars besides the initial options in the core set. Well coming to retailers in the 2nd Quarter of 2017 you an expect to see 4 more unit expansions to the game!

via Fantasy Flight Games

Daqan Infantry Unit Upgrade Expansion $29.95

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With polished armor glinting in the sunlight, the armies of the twelve baronies and the Free Cities are a stirring sight. Master wizards from the circles at Greyhaven and Nerekhall bolster their ranks, wielding destructive power and an arsenal of runebound shards to devastate their foes. Battle standards with histories as long as the Baronies of Daqan swirl in the wind, while the roar of lion horns stiffens the backs of wavering soldiers. Every company is led by a champion, one who has faced death time and again, yet has survived and now invites others to draw strength from his own stolid bravery.

The Daqan Infantry Command Unit Upgrade Expansion introduces four brand-new figures to the armies of the Daqan Lords—a Banner Guard, a Wizard, a Champion, and a Cornicen. Alongside these figures, you’ll find eighteen new upgrade cards, many of which include ways to bring these new figures into your armies. For instance, you may choose to support one of your units with the Lance Corporal upgrade card, implanting the Champion figure into the ranks of your unit. As long as the Champion figure is alive, you gain the benefit of the Lance Corporal card, which significantly boosts your tactical flexibility!

Oathsworn Cavalry Unit Expansion $29.95

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Few sounds strike more fear into an enemy of Terrinoth than the thundering hooves of a column of armored destriers. Each mount is bred and trained for war. Each rider is a lifelong professional warrior or an avowed knight, sworn to a baron’s or Free City’s service until the rider’s final breath. Rider and mount work together on the battlefield in perfect synergy, charging into combat and crushing the enemy in a wave of steel.

With the Oathsworn Cavalry Unit Expansion, you gain four new Oathsworn Cavalry figures—enough to field a two-tray unit or increase the size of another unit. These fearsome knights are sworn to fight for the Daqan Lords and protect the realm, and they are first introduced in the Runewars Core Set. This unit expansion is a perfect way to quickly increase your cavalry and unlock new options with five new upgrade cards for any army.

Reanimate Archers Unit Expansion $29.95

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The hiss of Reanimates’ blighted arrows raining down from the skies sends even veteran soldiers scrambling for cover. Wounds inflicted by these arrows rapidly necrotize: flesh peels away, foulness spreads, and bones crumble and crack. Panic spreads as healthy warriors fall, rotted from within. Able to kill at range and afflict their targets with the blight of the Mistlands, Reanimate Archers inspire fear in even the most stalwart soldiers. 

Fire poisoned arrows down on your enemies with the eight new Reanimate Archer figures included in the Reanimate Archers Unit Expansion! These eight figures give you the option to field another two-tray unit or increase the size of a larger unit—perhaps fielding a block of archers that will rain death on your foes. Like the Oathsworn Cavalry, these figures are identical to the figures included in the Runewars Core Set, and this expansion gives you an easy way to raise more undead to fight for Waiqar the Undying, while opening dark new paths with five new upgrade cards.

Waiqar Infantry Unit Upgrade Expansion $29.95

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The undead are terrifying foes, known for their tireless strength and single-minded purpose, but no less terrifying is the fact that each of the champions leading Waiqar’s hosts possesses centuries of experience in military tactics and strategy. These military geniuses support their battle plans with the steady, inexorable beat of skeletal drummers and the sinister sigils raised by the gaunt standard-bearers. And perhaps worst of all, necromancers stalk the ranks of Waiqar’s army, raising the fallen to fight again in the name of their lord. 

In the same fashion as the Daqan Infantry Command Unit Upgrade Expansion, this expansion pack offers four new figures that you may add to an infantry unit: a Standard-Bearer, a Champion, a Drummer, and a Necromancer. With eighteen new upgrade cards to increase your army’s power, you’ll find plenty of ways to add these figures to your units, perhaps adding a Marching Drummer who lets your unit turn freely, so long as the Drummer remains with the unit.

Runewars is coming later this year – are you ready for glory with a new take on Rank-and-File miniatures combat?

  • Krizzab

    look at that… GORILLION OF CARDS!!! goddamit FFG!!!

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      It’s FFG. They love cards and tokens…

      • ZeeLobby

        Haha. Too true. I like cards as well. The tokens can be much, but this looks better than most.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          Ehhhh. I dislike the sheer amount of cards I need to play X-Wing and Armada.

          • ZeeLobby

            But I like the customizability. And it’s nice having it on cards.

          • OldHat

            Thankfully, unlike X-Wing, I hear this game won’t have cards you need in units you don’t need.

          • bobrunnicles

            But if you buy multiple unit boxes to make a single larger unit you are going to have multiple duplicated cards – hence the ‘card tax’ feelings.

            Don’t get me wrong, I generally *love* FFG, I’m a huge fan of Descent, Imperial Assault, Runebound etc. I just hope that this isn’t the ship that sinks them.

          • OldHat

            With them being under Asmodee now, not much going to sink that big ol’ ship.

  • EnTyme

    This game looks like it’ll be a pain to transport.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      You use foam for the models and bases.

      You need a craft box to sort tokens, cards and dice.

      It isn’t that bad.

    • OldHat

      …how so? Battlefoam will have solutions probably the day this stuff hits the shelf. 😀

  • CthulhuDawg

    I have not heard good things about the card system in FFGs other miniatures games. I’m not going to lie, the thought of having to buy units I don’t want to make my other units viable does kill my enthusiasm a measurable amount. I suppose it’s akin to tax units in 40k formations bit the difference is I’m already sold on 40ks model aesthetic. The game is going to need to prove its ability to also be a viable hobbyist product with unique and interesting lore to support the models if they are going to get me to buy superfluous units.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      The nice thing about FFG is that they do not have a relentless release schedule. Also, ebay is a great tool for offloading unwanted models.

    • ZeeLobby

      Or you know, just play with people who don’t care if you print them out. It’s honestly blown pretty largely out of proportion. Our local store doesn’t require official cards for their competitive events.

  • Jon

    I would be nice if the card upgrades were unit specific, although I doubt that will be the case.

    I am more worried about what is the point limit for a typical game. That will be the factor in how much it will cost to field a typical army.

    Based on the card unit previews at gencon, a unit of reanimate could go up to 12 trays for 64 points., based on the prices of the boxes above that is $180 for that unit. That is not cheap at all

    • bobrunnicles

      Witch Elves, anyone? Lol

      • OldHat

        Two wrongs don’t make a right. If this game is as costly as old WHFB, it won’t take off too quickly. However, I am guessing it will not be that way as FFG is slick with games.

        • bobrunnicles

          Oh I wasn’t arguing that being comparable to Witch Elves made it right, more that the prices are potentially ridiculous (because Witch Elves sure are/were!).

  • bobrunnicles

    Yeah the idea of reams and reams more cards to ‘customize’ my units does not make me any more likely to buy this game. It’s already way out of control with X-Wing and Armada and I refuse to buy into another game with the same setup. Also, four command figures plus a raft of cards for $30? You can’t tell me there isn’t a ‘card tax’ involved here.

    • Krizzab

      Imho Armada is directly usury

      • Jon

        4 Figures and a base with cards for $30 is actually a decent price in the non xwing table top gaming world

        • bobrunnicles

          Um…even GW sells core unit boxes for $25 with ten figures including unit command options. Yes, individual character minis are more expensive but $30 for four rank and file command figures? That’s expensive.

          Bear in mind these things aren’t painted….

          • Jon

            Games workshop tactical squad is 10 guys for $40. The command squad is 5 guys for $35. You do get extra options and most likely a better sculpt, but no unit bases and no cards. It doesn’t seem the prices are that far off.

          • nurglitch

            These days the Tactical Squad is the better sculpt, but mainly because it’s newer and the tooling is less worn out.

          • Tacs are also one of the better deals that GW does. 10 dudes with tons of options for only a few bucks more than a monopose clampack. They aren’t really representative of GW’s prices overall.

          • ZeeLobby

            Well spoken man!

          • zeno666

            The space marines is also sculpted in the wrong scale 😉

            And most likely comes with worse rules.

          • bobrunnicles

            No, they’re not dissimilar – but then GW are considered to be highly expensive among other miniatures games, being on a par with GW makes them expensive. And I was using a box of fantasy figures from GW that forms a standard unit for comparison since this is a fantasy game after all 😉

  • bobrunnicles

    I lament the fact that it looks as though this has basically made Battlelore 2nd Ed a redundant game that is unlikely to see any new support for it…

    • Desmond Burke

      Battlelore! That’s the game I was trying to think of.

    • BaronSnakPak

      They’re set in the same universe, but are completely separate styles of games. Isn’t Battlelore just a boardgame though?

      • bobrunnicles

        Battlelore is a board wargame using basically these minis but using a Command & Colors/Memoir ’44 style command system. But FFG have basically discontinued Battlelore in favor of Rune Wars to avoid competing with themselves (even though I personally agree that both games could easily co-exist).

        • af

          A pity. Classic BattleLore (or “unflavored”) is a fun and elegant game. Possibly my favorite board/wargame hybrid. It’s been out of print for ages, if I remember correctly, right?

          Never played any add-ons and didn’t like the theme of BattleLore 2 or whatever it’s called, because in my opinion the base game was more than enough.

  • Desmond Burke

    Not feeling it. I think XWing is ok to play once in a while, but this seems to be based on it. I’m not convinced by the models by a long shot either, it looks very Heroscape to me…and that isn’t complimentary.

  • Aezeal

    So.. are these prepainted like X-wing?

    • BaronSnakPak

      No, they need to be assembled and painted.

  • Severius_Tolluck

    And.. nope, done.. no cards thank you very much.

    • OldHat

      Cards are awesome. You want to flip through four rulebooks to find the rules every time you use a unit?

      • Severius_Tolluck

        Hardly takes me effort, and I don’t play anything that requires 4 rule books thank you. What I do not want is to buy things I absolutely do not want, just to get cards to use for other units that I do want to field.

        • OldHat

          And I swear FFG has said this will not be the case, so it isn’t something to worry about. I think the general blowback for it in X-Wing helped. They probably realized most people were just printing the cards and not buying the ships, so maybe with this game they won’t force artificial sales of units you don’t need for cards you do… hopefully.

          And if you play 40k, you have at least two books to consult, if not three. I know my War Convo has four books and a formation to consult. It is absurd. Cards do make life easier, usually.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Not exactly, its two faces of the same coin. Cards get scattered, you still have to reference them. I only ever need to consult one book maybe during a game, and that is the main rule book. Mainly because I tend to memorize the small stuff, or, have the foresight to write what I need on a single sheet of paper.

          • OldHat

            Your cards get scattered? As a former Magic player and WM/H player, I don’t seem to have issues handling cards on the table. I find it easy enough. And obviously, it is easy to memorize most things – but not having to dig out a book to clarify a small rule for a unit is handy. This prevents the need for a random sheet of paper with rules on it – which your opponent may be like “No way, look it up!” anyhow. But that is just a matter of taste, really. I like cards. You don’t. Different strokes and all that.

  • Biff’d

    Wow these prices are insane. $30 for four mediocre plastic miniatures? 0% chance I play this game if these prices stick.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      People pay 15 for a cheap X-Wing pre-painted model. They gleefully pay 40 for Armada ships. Not that different.

      • OldHat

        No, it isn’t, so the strength of the game itself will dictate how good that price really is. I paid hundreds for a piece of printed paper (Magic), so… value is relative.

  • thereturnofsuppuppers

    seem a bit pricey for what you get.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    I don’t really love all the cards cluttering up my gaming area but it doesn’t look so bad in some of the pictures I have seen.

    http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic3127982_lg.jpg

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  • MMO Builder

    These look like fun models, not sold on the dials and measurement sticks mechanic

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      The stick seems like it will be ok. It has no moving parts, so it is basically X-Wing style. I think I might like it more than a tape measure when measuring wheels.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. That for messy sometimes in fantasy. I just hope the trays are fixed. I wasn’t sold on their locking mechanism. Call me crazy but it’d be awesome if they came with magnetics built in or something. Removing a tray after the 4 models were killed looked painful.

  • Agent OfBolas

    So basically … a Mantic like scuplts with more than GW pricing. Seems great deal 😀

    And card mechanics from FFG learned me one thing. You always need to buy ALL new sets to play competitive as without them you have much worse options – FFG scales in-game power balance towards new releases.

    • OldHat

      Allegedly, the card issue won’t be like X-Wing. You won’t need to buy units you don’t need for cards you do need.

      • Agent OfBolas

        Man, it’s FFG 😛

        • OldHat

          Right, and I swear I heard it from FFG that this would be the case. Somewhere in one of their announcements.