Beginning January 20th, Game Grid Lehi is hosting our first ever Warhammer: Age of Sigmar escalation league. For the unaware, there is no time like now to try out Age of Sigmar and be a part of a growing community.
An escalation league is fairly straight forward. How it works is beginning on the first week, everybody who has signed up will have 500 points of an army of their choice built. On January 20th, we will pair everyone against another player, and you will have two weeks to meet up and play a game of Age of Sigmar, and report the winner. The second round will go up on February 3rd, but for the second round everyone will have 750 points prepared. The league will continue in this fashion, with a new round going up every 14 days, and each round increasing in point value by 250 points, until we get to a 2,000 point round on April 13. April 25th will be the last day of the League, wherein we will be giving out prize support and awards in various categories.
Why is this a big deal? I’ve never played Warhammer before, why should I now?
Generally, there are two resources that gate the entry to Warhammer; time, and money. With the escalation league, you can spend between $50.00 and $80.00 to easily get 500 points, with the cost decreasing to $30.00 to $50.00 when you’re upgrading by 250 points every two weeks.
Time commitment is also solved with this format, as armies do not have to be painted in order to play, only assembled. Assembly of a Start Collecting box can take between 3 and 6 hours of building, and being able to schedule your game whenever it works for you in a two week period means we have absolute flexibility. Not to mention games of Age of Sigmar generally take between one and two hours, versus three to four hour games of 40K.
Given that time and money are not an issue, what is a compelling reason to start playing Age of Sigmar?
Because it’s an absolute blast to play. Age of Sigmar fits a niche category of not being taken as seriously as 40K in terms of competitive larger scale events, but is still highly respected, given it is still Warhammer. It’s a game that can be learned in 30 minutes, and the growing community is shaping up to be an awesome one.
You also get to play with what is essentially adult Legos, which is nice.
Alright, I’m sold, I’m gonna try out Age of Sigmar, how do I get in on this?
Join our Discord! We are going to have all of the details updated there, and it’s where you will be able to easily schedule games with people. As for buying in for your first 500 points, I can’t recommend enough on getting a Start Collecting box. You can view all of the Start Collecting boxes available here on the Games Workshop website.
Start Collecting boxes are amazing because they cost between $85.00 and $95.00, and come with between 500 and 1,000 points (depending on which box you get and how you build it). In terms of which one you should get, get whatever looks coolest to you. Age of Sigmar is a balanced game, and every race has a good fighting chance. You can browse what we have available in store right now here, and if we don’t have what you want, we can order it in and get you 20% off of it (we place our orders on Mondays, so if you want your army in a timely manner you’ll want to order with us quick).
I started out with the Seraphon Start Collecting box, and it got me my first 680 points, as well as pushed me in the direction that I wanted to take my army in. It’s an amazing tool to start off, and I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re interested but want to get a game in first, there’s no problem with that, every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM we meet for 40K and Age of Sigmar. It’s an awesome community and you can show up and learn how to play. If you’d like a more private experience, you can schedule a 30 minute one on one with our staffers here. Evan, Skyler, Joey, and myself are all capable of teaching Age of Sigmar. I told you I learned how to play in 30 minutes, now call me on it.
This is going to be an awesome experience, and I’m excited to be a part of it. I have had way more fun war gaming than I ever thought I would, and with almost 20 people already signed up, I know this is going to be a memorable experience well worth the time invested.