How to play

Essence of War

The 9th Age: Essence of War is a rules set designed to introduce new players to fantasy tabletop wargaming in The 9th Age and also offers a great option for veteran players looking for quicker smaller games. An Essence of War game usually takes around 60 minutes to play, and players can skip the (sometimes daunting) task of choosing troops for their army and start with smaller, pre-selected armies if they wish to. If you’re new to The 9th Age, or just after a quick game - we recommend downloading the Essence of War package and giving it a go.
All you need to get started is a decent table, a friend (or foe) and of course your own awesome miniatures.
T9A: Essence of War is currently in a testing phase. We welcome your feedback about it on the forum!

The 9th Age: Quick Starter is the predecessor of T9A: Essence of War. It has the same goals a features, but slightly different mechanics.

Fantasy Battles

The 9th Age is a tabletop wargame set in a Fantasy universe. Build armies of miniatures and clash with opposing forces in an exciting struggle for glory or survival. Regardless of what faction you choose, there is a wide variety of units at your disposal. From rank and file soldiers to skilled archers, mounted knights, hideous beasts, devastating war machines and inspiring heroes.

The game takes place on a 4 by 6 foot battlefield (1,22 m x 1,83 m) where your miniature armies move to engage and fight each other. Taking turns each player manoeuvres its warriors, casts spells, fires weapons and fights in bloody combat, rolling dice to determine the outcome. A normal-sized game usually takes 2-3 hours to play, but you and your opponent can agree on scaling up or down to meet your own desires. The 9th Age is a game made to be enjoyed and customised so that everyone can find something to their liking, whether you’re into huge epic battles, small skirmishes, or narrative-driven campaigns spanning multiple battles over several days with your friends.

Gaming and Support Material

These products are not required for the game, but they provide resources to aid the gaming experience.