Ok, so whats in the box.
Well firstly it doesn’t come in a box, but your basic starter set-up is as follows:
The Saga rulebook – Quite thin, which is reassuring fr a quickplay game. But the £25 price tag puts it at the “premium” end of the market. Still I’m willing to let that pass as its a new comer, and the 4x “battle boards” are printed on decent quality cardboard stock, which is probably a contributing factor to the price.
The Starter armies are a great little package. Ranging from between £30 and £65 these each contain a 4 point starter army. The more expensive boxes are those containing cavalry, but the number of figures seems to be fairly similar across all of them. The figures are of a good quality, and the hard ‘DVD’ style cases pioneered by Mantic games are handy for storage.
Dice – I have mixed feelings about the dice. Saga’s trademark feature is its quirky rune-dice for each army. While custom dice are a great way of having asymmetric random number generation, at £12 a set, and being mandatory, I cant help but feel a little taken advantage of in terms of cost. Still the battle-board and custom dice is a nice mechanic, and adds a lot of flavour to the game.
Although not required I also picked up a set of transfers for my army – produced by “Little big men”