Jonathan here, with my product review of the new Two-Player Starter Set!
Games Workshop was kind enough to send me a copy of this product to review, so here we go!
In this review I will be covering my thoughts on the physical contents of the box, and my general opinion of this product. For more in depth tactical thoughts and advice on how to play the warbands, check out the more game-play oriented card and warband reviews here:
What is the Two-Player Starter Set?
Games Workshop has marketed this box as a simple way to learn Warhammer underworlds, with the goal of making it the easiest, most accessible way to get involved in the game. It contains two warbands designed to be good for new players to learn the game with, contains no universal cards, and a streamlined rulebook aimed at new players quickly getting into their first few games. It is launching with the Essential Cards set, which contains an assortment of 60 universal cards that might be considered “standard” underworlds cards, and the two products together do seem to give new players a solid foundation for starting Warhammer Underworlds.
What Comes In The Box?
The Two-Player Starter Set contains:
- A Learn to Play book with lore, game rules, and assembly instructions for the 8 miniatures.
- The 8 miniatures for two warbands with 4 fighters each.
- Two double-sided game boards previously seen in seasons one and two: The Cursed Oubliette and Soul Refractor on one board, and The Mirror Well and Shyisian Stardial on the other.
- 8 fighter cards (4 each)
- 64 faction cards (32 each)
- 2 sheets of tokens containing 5 objective tokens, one Katophrane relic token, 8 activation tokens, 20 double sided wound tokens, 36 glory tokens, 10 guard tokens, and 10 move/charge tokens.
- One set of dice, consisting of 5 attack dice and 3 defence dice.
It notably does not contain lethal hexes, objectives 6-9, a scatter token, magic dice, or the double sided wound/counter tokens found in the Direchasm core set.
Here are some pictures of the contents:
I found the miniatures fairly easy to assemble, but I do think the Wraithcreepers are a bit more difficult than the Storm of Celestus, due to to how small some of their pieces are, and the way the ghost’s arms connect together. I had to use a little glue on Wraithcreepers where a few of their hands connected, but didn’t need any for the Storm of Celestus miniatures.
The miniatures look good once assembled. I like that Storm of Celestus miniatures are all doing different things with their crossbows, as it makes them easy to tell them apart. I do wish that Haqfel and Drodrig for the Wraithcreepers looked a little bit less like one another, but it’s as confusing as some of the previous warbands (Lady Harrow’s, in particular).
Here are some pictures of the sprues for these miniatures. The plastic is the classic blue and light green colors for Nighthaunt and Stormcast Eternals.
Here are the assembly instructions for these miniatures:
Here are my completed miniatures!
I think this set is interesting because up until now, I would have suggested new players start the game with the Direchasm core set, and even with this set new players will still want to pick up the Direchasm core set at some point for the full rulebook, lethal hexes, magic dice, double sided counter/wound counters, and scatter token, in addition to the useful boards and fun Warbands.
I think there is an argument that the Direchasm core set is actually still a better first purchase for this reason if the main goal is to get the most bang for your buck from a product/money perspective, but I do think this Two-Player Starter Set has the advantage of being an easier point of entry with less complex warbands and fewer rules to worry about, and may be a better stand alone product to play more casually with friends and family due to the general design of the warbands and their cards, which seem easy to play and fairly well balanced against each other. It also goes very well with the new Essential Card pack, which I think provides a great set of cards to infuse some customization in these faction only decks.
For existing players, this is another way to get more boards and warbands, which is always a good thing, but can technically be skipped if a player already has the boards from the previous seasons (although you would have to carry 3 of the older boards to have all 4 of this set’s board sides) and doesn’t want to play these warbands since the set contains no universals.
Either way I think this is a welcome addition to the Underworlds line, am excited to try out the warbands, and hope the Two-Player Starter Set helps to bring many more players to this wonderful game!
Thanks for Reading!
I am very grateful to Games Workshop for allowing me to review this product.
If you liked this review, great!
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If there is anything else about the content of the box I can cover next time, or if you think I missed anything, let me know!
As always, best of luck on YOUR Path to Glory.