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Warhammer Underworlds: New Starter Set Is Perfect Entry Point For New Players

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May 16 2023

Games Workshop is launching a new Warhammer Underworlds Starter Set aimed specifically at new players.

Warhammer Underworlds is Games Workshop’s “ultimate competitive board game” that puts two (or more) warbands against each other is a three round skirmish frenzy. It’s an easy game to learn and it’s a great pick-up and play system. The game has been out for a while now with a couple dozen warbands and an ever growing card pool. Getting started can be a bit daunting. So where does a new player who’s interested get in at?

Nightvault?! But that hasn’t been in print in years…

There have been a few starter sets in the past and pretty much every season we see GW launch a new one. Now they have opted to go a slightly different route with a new Starter Set that’s really aimed at brand new players.

via Warhammer Community

The action returns to Warhammer Underworlds original setting – the cursed city of Shadespire. This new set contains everything a new player needs to get to join in the fun. That’s two warbands – Farstrider’s Fighters and the Sepulchral Guard – both of which come with updated fighter cards and their own Rivals deck, a 52-page rulebook and a 52-page playthrough booklet, plus all the boards, dice, and tokens you need.

Warhammer Underworlds Starter Set




The new boxed set features some updated branding. This box isn’t tied to a particular season. There’s no “Gnarlwood” or “Shadespire” or other setting on the logo. It’s just Warhammer Underworlds.

Content-wise this box has everything you need to start playing. It’s got two warbands, dice, cards, tokens, player boards, and a pair of 52-page books you can use to get you on your journey from complete noob to veteran Underworlds player. The first book is the rulebook while the other is a playthrough booklet that has predetermined game that you can play through to help you learn the basics.


There’s also the two warbands in the box — both of which were released in earlier sets.

Farstrider’s Fighters

Farstrider’s Fighters is a Stormcast Eternals Warband. They have a versatile range of weapons and are pretty durable in their armor. They are a forgiving and elite force. However, once you start taking loses your combat effectiveness will drop signficantly.

Sepulchral Guard

On the other end of the spectrum the Sepulchral Guard are a Soulblight Gravelord Warband. These reanimated skeletons come at you in waves and aren’t particularly tough on their own. However, they can bog down their opponents and have a tendency to not stay dead for long. There’s more skeletons than you can activate in a single round, but that just means you can play the long game. Death is nothing if not patient.


New Players Welcome

Both of these Warbands have been reworked and now have unique Rivals decks. Even if you already own them they have some value for existing players, too. This is very clearly aimed at brand new players. It seems like a great launching point into Warhammer Underworlds, and based on the more “generic” logo, I think that’s exactly what GW is hoping to accomplish with this one.


The new Warhammer Underworlds Starter Set is coming soon.

Author: Adam Harrison
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