Quick Look: SAGA – Age Of Magic

April 15, 2019 by dracs

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The third universe book for Studio Tomahawk’s Saga Second Edition brings the skirmish game out of history and into the realms of the fantastical.

This book brings about a number of interesting and exciting developments for Saga. The addition of new unit types for the game including war machines, creatures, and monsters, alongside new rules for black powder weapons, fliers and, perhaps most importantly, magic.

Like previous universe books, building your warband is a simple matter of one point per unit. Unlike its predecessors, however, Age of Magic provides you with the option to drop parts of units to select additional creatures, monsters, and heroes. This gives a real flexibility that the other books don’t have currently.

The book itself contains the new rules, along with the six faction lists to build your warband, each of which has a name and playstyle, but beyond that, the only limit is your imagination. Just because something is listed as being a fishman army doesn’t mean that you can’t imagine a tide of golems, or dryads serving the exact same function.

As always, the strength of Saga is in the Battleboards and Age of Magic is no exception. The six accompanying Boards give the playstyle a unique feel to your force on the tabletop, allowing you to decide how to activate and engage your opponent within the limits imposed by the fickle Dice Gods.

Finally, we have the Grimoire, listing all thirty-six spells available to the various mystics and enchanters in the Age of Magic. While available separately, these are printed in full at the rear of the book for reference, or to be photocopied or scanned to make your own cards. The magic system is simple and you will always manage to get your spells away, but sometimes not without consequences. This gives the magic users real presence on the tabletop and, in a fantasy setting, I think it’s only right.

I think it’s a fantastic set of rules and has resulted in many an old miniature being dusted off with a view to making it back to the tabletop with a new lease of life in the Age of Magic.

What will your Saga be?

"Just because something is listed as being a fishman army doesn’t mean that you can’t imagine a tide of golems, or dryads serving the exact same function."

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