Posted 16/05/2018

Rules Preview: Turn Priority

A new edition is coming for Warhammer Age of Sigmar, and with it, the most comprehensive review of the rules the game has ever received. We’ve looked at every phase of the game examining how we can make play tighter, more balanced, and – most importantly – more fun. We’ll be going through each of these changes in detail over the coming weeks so that when the new edition lands, you’ll be well prepared. Today, we’re going to take a look at a fundamental update that will affect every game you play – turn priority.

In Warhammer Age of Sigmar, the game is split into battle rounds, and players roll at the beginning of each round to see who goes first. This means, in effect, a player may occasionally get to take two turns in a row (the last turn in one battle round and the first turn in the next battle round). However, doing so puts you at risk of the same thing happening to you later in the game! Mastering this system is one of the top skills a Warhammer Age of Sigmar player has to learn.

In the new edition, the studio have added an extra level of depth, choice and chance to this mechanic, as well as removing some of the randomness, to make for more tactical games.

Previously, players would roll off to determine who gets to decide who gets the first turn in each battle round, with the winner getting to choose. This works in much the same way in the new edition, but now, if the players get a draw, the player that went first in the previous battle round wins the roll.

In practice, this means that you’re somewhat less likely to get hit by a double turn, while if you do have priority, you’ll have a bit more control over when your opponent gets theirs. If you’ve just had a great turn, you might want to give your opponent priority to give yourself a chance to get a double turn later on in the game, for example.

There will be some other advantages to going second each battle round as well…

Remember those awesome persistent spells we know are on the way? They will interact with the turn sequence in an interesting way too, which we’ll learn more about in a future article.

There are many more exciting changes on the way, and if you check back later today, we’ll be looking at the Everchosen and Slaves to Darkness in the new edition. Stay tuned for even more news and previews every day up until release…

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