Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground It is described as the first strategy game to adapt to tabletop maneuvers. Created by developer Gasket Games and published by Focus Home Interactive, it tasks the player with fighting opponents to protect the worlds. Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground It is also somewhat challenging, which is why we have put together this beginner’s guide with many tips for beginners to help you.
Also, to be clear, the game uses roguelike elements. This means that you are bound to fail and restart multiple times.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground – Beginners guide and tips for beginners
Many people must be familiar with turn-based strategy games where you move your team’s units and then the opponent takes a turn. With roguelike elements thrown into the mix, it gets tough and challenging.
There are many cases in Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground Where artificial intelligence outnumbers your army (also known as warband). This also means that enemies can take a large portion of your units’ health bars which will result in death. Due to the roguelike element, dead units disappear forever until you get the “miracles” that can bring them back to life. Likewise, if your hero dies or if you fail the mission objectives, it will be counted as a loss. It will restart from the start of your campaign.
The game also uses a single file to save and autosave can only be done before the mission starts or if you choose the “Save and Exit” option). That’s why you’ll want to make your moves important so you don’t make disastrous mistakes.
NB: A game I can compare it to Will be Another pesticide. It was also published by Focus Home Interactive, but had a different developer.
Are you starting from scratch?
If you lose the campaign in Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground, You will restart from the beginning. However, you can select specific gear pieces and units to bring with you (the things you got during the previous round). As the tasks get progressively more difficult, you can expect deaths, failures, and restarts until eventually things become more manageable.
What is progress like?
When the campaign starts, you can only play as the Stormcast Eternals (also known as Sigmarines) character. The main character is Lord Celestant named Freya Skyhelm. The list contains armor-clad, versatile units such as Liberators, Vanguard Hunters, and Vanguard Palladors.
After completing two missions, you’ll unlock the option to play as the other two factions: Nighthaunt (spirits of the dead and followers of Nagash) and Maggotkin (plague and the pathological rottenness of the Nurgle). You can choose to continue the Stormcast Eternals campaign, or try out other factions. Just remember that only one campaign autosave is allowed.
For the campaign, you will move from one mission to another. There are times when multiple choice is possible and you will even see its single bonus. But, you can only choose one of the tasks and the others will be gone forever. Eventually, you will reach a point where you can challenge a certain boss. If you complete this encounter, you will finish the rather short campaign for that realm. You can then select a higher difficulty that requires you to conquer two worlds, etc.
Similar to most turn-based strategy games, you will face different objectives during each mission:
- KILL ALL ENEMIES – The most common mission simply involves eliminating all enemy units. There are also instances when a new wave can spread and you’ll need to get rid of the extra enemies.
- Destroy the target or enemy ‘X’ – This object may have a specific object on the battlefield that you need to destroy or an elite/boss enemy you have to eliminate.
- Control Points – This requires units to stand on three circular icons (control points) around a beacon. Hostile units may also move to claim a control point. You will need to hold all the points for a few turns until the beacon lights up.
- Keep the hero alive – Apart from your main character, a co-hero may also join your team for story purposes. This unit must survive or you will lose.
- Completion with Turn Limit – Some missions have the above objectives in addition to a turn limit. If you exceed this spin limit, you will fail the mission and that will result in game over.
List of Warband, War Tools and Skills
The units and pieces of gear you acquire during the campaign appear as cards. Before each mission, you have a chance to check your war gang list. Your hero starts with only 2 slots for your unit limit, but this increases as you progress through the campaign (it also resets to a minimum when starting a new campaign, including those with higher difficulties) Ideally, you’ll want to supplement your hero with units that can provide support (on For example, Castigators for their long range attacks).
Similarly, you can equip your units with new weapons, armor and skills to make them tougher. Heroes and units will also gain experience points by killing enemies and if they are alive at the end of the mission.
Summon new units, heroes, and other map features
At the start of each mission, only your main character may spawn. After a turn, you must have enough purple crystals to summon at least one additional unit from your list. Each unit has a recall cost indicated by the purple symbol on its card. If you have a support hero (eg, Alrik Nightrunner for Stormcast Eternals), you can spawn him if you equip his card in the warband screen. Be careful that support heroes only have one use (at least in the beginning). Try not to invite them for easy encounters.
Speaking of drops, you will get your loot from different objects on the map like chests and jars. There are also other features like panels that allow you to get more summon points.
NB: After completing the Stormcast Eternals play campaign, Alrik Nightrunner will unlock as the main hero. When you start a new campaign, simply right-click on the Freya Skyhelm card to exchange it for Alrik.
Attacking, Charging, and Orienting Capabilities
As an aside, you should also note the capabilities of the unit in Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground. Most melee units have a default attack, and a charge that allows them to pounce on enemies. Beware, because this will also lead to the revenge of the enemies and harm you. It is better to charge a unit that has been weakened so as to guarantee its death than to hit you, making it unable to take revenge. Then again, charging also causes your unit to move to that pre-occupied tile once your target dies. It can be a bit detrimental, especially if you lose the high ground advantage.
There are also abilities that can be used if you don’t move, and ones that are being steered. For example, a castigator can perform a large arc shot if it doesn’t move at the start of its turn (it’s a high-range attack). If you move it, you will lose this ability. Additionally, you might use a steering skill called Indirect Attack. You can target a tile and the Castigator will blow it up in its next turn. This can come in handy if a new enemy unit appears, or if you feel that an enemy is going to move into that piece.
Note 1: Another mechanic to consider is the shield (indicated by a yellow dot above the unit’s HP). Basically, the shield value is subtracted if a unit is attacked. The result will be damage to the unit. If the target’s shield value is higher than the attack, there is a hidden roll to determine if the damage can be dealt or mitigated completely.
Note 2: Right-click on enemy units to see what stats and abilities they have. Some can explode on death, and you want to watch out if your units are close to it.
Changes to your settings
Take a look at the game settings. Try to avoid setting your graphics to the maximum. I tried it, and even with an Nvidia RTX 3080 and Intel Core i9-10900K my framerates dropped to 30fps at 4K. Mind you, I’ve played open world games at max settings without issues, so this issue is there Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground It was very surprising.
Similarly, go to Control Panel to see key bindings. The ‘WASD’ keys can be used to move the camera, so you may want to remove the ‘E’ as the main file to finish your turn (believe me, it messed up my initial run when I accidentally pressed it). You can also set the “Tab” key to select a new unit just to make cycling faster.
Unfortunately, there is no way to speed up the animation at all. If you think about the slow pace of the battles, the higher the difficulty, and the roguelike mechanics, then Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm GroundThe single player campaign can seem daunting.
We hope this beginner’s guide to Age of Sigmar: Stormland Helps to get started with minimal frustration and decent efficiency.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground Available via Steam.