AoS: GW’s New List Building Tool Unleashed

Games Workshop has a new App to help AoS players build armies on the fly!

The new Azyr Tool is part of the Age of Sigmar App and it allows players to do lots of cool things with army building – check it out:

via Warhammer Community

“Great news for Warhammer Age of Sigmar fans today – your essential companion to gaming in the Mortal Realms has just got a new feature.

The new ‘Azyr’ tool, is a subscription service army building upgrade for your app. It’s a tool to let you create army lists for open, narrative and matched play. It will let you know when you meet the minimum requirements for a game of that type and if your army is valid or not for your style of game.

Azyr is handy for those who own the books digitally as well as those who prefer the printed editions – it is designed as a tool that can be used alongside either option. It doesn’t contain the full rules for everything, so you will still need those, but unit Warscrolls themselves are still free to download in the app itself.

Every army will be supported with Azyr, including those currently using Compendium Warscrolls, in Grand Alliance books and new armies that have only just received a battletome.”

“The army builder works with the existing My Battle portion of the app, but doesn’t replace it, so you can easily add your existing My Battle units to it if you’d like. You’ll have the ability to customise your army too, by adding your own photo’s and names to units in your army list.”

“And if you need to export your army list to share it with others – for events and tournaments, or just with friends – you can do that too.

And how much do all these awesome features cost?

Just £0.99 / month – bargain.

Update your app to gain access, or if you don’t have it on your device yet, download it for your tablet or phone today.”

In case your eyes glossed over here are the highlights:

  • Subscription Service List Building
  • Army lists for Open, Narrative and Matched Play
  • Will validate your army for you (checks minimums for your chosen style)
  • Azyr Tool does not have full rules – but the Warscrolls are still free in the AoS App
  • Every Army Supported with updates for new ones
  • Works with My Battle portion of the App
  • Allows you to customize (name units) and upload photos of your army
  • Allows Exporting Army Lists

It’s PART of the AoS App, which is still free. But if you want to access the tool you’ll have to pay the subescription fee of £0.99 per month. This is a great way to get access to all the armies and their points in the palm of your hand and will make list building on the fly much easier. Is that price worth it? That really depends on the player, doesn’t it! For me – I planned out my list already but if my army or collection expands…

I will say that it’s about time GW got into the list-building App game. 3rd party Folks have been doing for a long time and some of them have been hit-or-miss. But now, GW will help clear up a lot of the confusion and you know it’s going to help you create a “legal list” for a tournament because it’s FROM Games Workshop.

 

…So when are we going to see a 40k version?

  • Walter Vining

    awesome. now do it for 40k

  • Hussein Alobaidi

    99p a MONTH !?

    • Hawt Dawg

      Yes per letter.

  • thereturnofsuppuppers

    maybe 1.99 as a one off. I have no reason to believe GW will create something that’s worth 12 quid a year.

    • Kinsman

      and it’s 1.50 on Android……if Google is to be believed then, it’s 1.50 for most humans, not 1.00.

      • Mathew G. Smith

        The 1.00 is British pounds, 1.50 is American dollars.

  • These apps are great, but why do they have to be mobile only? Why no desktop version?

    • dave long island

      Cuz the kids are all about the mobile nowadays.

    • Hawt Dawg

      The same reason as living in a cave.

    • ZeeLobby

      Wish i could +1 you a million times. I like a big screen when list building, pull up other examples, look up things online, etc. I guess Chromebook is an option.

  • Scott Staten

    Um, yeah, they lost me at “Subscription Service”

    • ZeeLobby

      Does seem kind of ridiculous, but I guess it is the way everything is going.

  • orionburn

    I get the monthly fee to cover ongoing unit additions, updates, and so forth, but monthly fees suck. At least give an option to save a buck and pay for an entire year up front.

    • Randy Randalman

      Lol. If $0.99 is a problem, you should probably get out of the hobby.

      • orionburn

        You really should do something other than suck on GW’s teet all day long. They’re probably getting chapped by now.

        • Hawt Dawg

          Shut up!

          GW is da awesomenest and you should go back to Mantic swallowing. I pay and shut up. You should do it too.

        • ZeeLobby

          LOL. Thank you!. Made me laugh.

      • Razerfree

        It’s not about £1 being a lot of money or not. The problem is you are not getting a lot for that £1 compared to the previous state of the app, and it’s functionality does not justify a monthy subscription. This isn’t something that gets a large amount of content added to it every month, it’s just half a dozen pdfs that are free on their website.

        • SacTownBrian

          Unfortunately the new normal is tha the points will cost you, either with a book purchase or the app subscription. The rules are free but the points ain’t.

      • Aezeal

        I’ve got the cash.. I just don’t want to spend in on software. Certainly not since there are plenty free alternatives around anyway and the math in AoS isn’t that hard either.

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah. It’s just one of those things where when you already pay such a high premium for the core product, you’d appreciate it if they occasionally just threw you a bone.

          Is Army Builder still going to be allowed to produce their software? Cause minus their ancient interface, it’s a nice free option.

          • SacTownBrian

            Army builder has become garbage. Try BattleScribe, at least they don’t introduce new errors with each update to the game files.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. I’ve used battlescribe before too. I guess having to download “illegal but not illegal” data files makes me question how accurate it really is, even though I’ve never had a problem with it.

          • Aezeal

            They did trow a bone with the free app.. I just want more bones… with meat on it 😀

    • BClement

      Agreed. I’d pay for a whole year upfront.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. I’m not even sure everyone paying $12 a year would really be worth it. I mean maybe so few will use it that it’ll actually be money put to good use.

      • Hawt Dawg

        How I want to throw a War Room comment in your face, but I am afraid you will have that fetus position in the shower again if I do.

        • ZeeLobby

          Uh. I think war room should be free to too. So throw away I guess. Whatever helps you sleep.

          • Hawt Dawg

            I sleep well because of your hatred.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. I just find your passive aggressive “cute” responses to be odd. But if it gives you some joy, more power to yah.

          • Hawt Dawg

            You keep on giving and giving!

          • ZeeLobby

            Well everybody shares their opinions here. So you got a lifetime of pointless comments ahead :D.

          • Hawt Dawg

            Agreed!

  • rtheom

    Why does mine think I didn’t purchase any of the rulebooks on the app?

    • EnTyme

      Try closing the app and restarting. Mine did the same thing after the update.

  • Carey_Mahoney

    Nice!!

  • stinkoman

    But AoS has wallscrolls… and is not complicated… and is easy peasy to build a list.. and is what 40k should be… etc.

    • Randy Randalman

      It is indeed all of those things. And now has a GW supported list building tool for today’s generation of people that don’t know how to write.

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        To be fair, you need a piece of people, a pencil and a calculator… 😛

        • Aezeal

          You can always write on a piece of people… but they might object… especially if you first try to remove the piece from the people :D. It’s all sorts of messy and hardly neccesary since we got this thing called…. PAPER 😉

        • Drpx

          Not everyone who does this is good at math. I gave a Necron player his phase-out number once (back in 4th ed 40k) and had to explain how calculating 25% worked.

      • Hawt Dawg

        Thank God!

        I thought I was done for it.

  • LunaWolf

    Do you need to buy the books on the app to make use of it? If not, I’ll happily get it, but I’m not paying for things I own in paper AGAIN just to be able to pay for an army builder.

    • dave long island

      You will so. And you’ll like it.

      • Aezeal

        So if I have my armybook just on paper.. and I get a subscription… does that mean I can’t really build an army without first buying the book digitally?

        • dave long island

          No you dont have to buy the digital version. Pretty sure. GW isn’t that evil and greedy… Wait: did I just type that?… lol

    • Aezeal

      I also hate buying things in paper and not getting them in the app.

  • Horus84cmd

    Great for the players that want it; but nought wrong with pen and paper in my book for army list writing. Over engineering in my book.

  • Razerfree

    1. So it’s just a slightly better function than what we already had with “My Battle” but GW wants £1 a month for it? To pay for what? The additions of new units that they were already putting in the app for free? I paid £33 for an Army Builder license 2-3 years ago and they are still updating multiple games to this day.
    2. With the new app update my Generals Handbook is active but in “My Battle” the corresponding units are locked. Nice job…

    • Leif Leegard

      Your forgetting, Army builder started as a recurring licensing setup,and that’s after you bought the product first.

      It wasn’t till 2012 that they went to a one time purchase setup. It’s still only good for two computers (primary and a laptop is common thought process). You can’t go around installing on every machine as they track the hardware it’s placed upon like Microsoft.

      • Razerfree

        I didn’t forget because I already knew the software and only bought it after it became “non subscription”. I don’t really need it on more than 2 devices so I’m pretty happy with it the way it is.

        But I get your point.

        • Leif Leegard

          With luck, not enough people will go for the setup and GW might convert to a one time fee as well after a bit.

          I paid $30 in annual fees for Army builder before the conversion. I won’t lie, I do believe it was worth it. I never want to go back to pen, paper, and calculator. Especially for Apoc games.

          • Red_Five_Standing_By

            You are only paying for software. Volunteers are the ones who write the code for the armies.

            I would rather avoid the middle man and just use Battlescribe.

  • Aezeal

    Seems nice.. but I’m not paying for this.

    • Aezeal

      I can do without this “horse armor”. 😉

      • NovaeVox

        Never forget.

        • Kinsman

          This thread right here is glorious and why the Internet will always triumph over Tumblr.

  • Rainthezangoose

    Hahahhaha no.

  • Mathew G. Smith

    Wow, $1.50 a month and does the job of a piece of scrap paper.

    Also: it won’t necessarily give you a legal tournament list because they tend to have house rules.

  • Chardun

    This isn’t the first time they had a list builder. They had an army building program, once long ago. It was garbage. Hopefully, this will be better.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Well this one is literally just an adding machine

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Strange choice.

    Their Blood Bowl app gave you all the armies and all the tools needed to run a game for just 3 bucks.

    • To be fair, Blood Bowl had most of its rules already exposed in previous editions, whereas Age of Sigmar is making stuff up as it goes along. There’s also little need to rebalance things after the fact with Blood Bowl and less unit variety.

      Then again, a monthly fee would make more sense if there were significant changes month after month for AoS, not a complete gap of releases for half a year like not too long ago, barely a year into its life cycle. The fee is very hard to justify if they drop the ball and don’t add anything to the game.

  • Mathew G. Smith

    Does anybody know when or if they’re restoring the “my battle” section? It won’t let me see profiles anymore.

  • captkaruthors

    Now they just need to do it for 40K…