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I play black
Guardian Angel
Platinum Supporter
Marquis / Marchioness
73 of 74 gamers found this helpful
“If You're Scared of Khorne, You Can Take Him Out Early”

As a four-player game with completely different strategies to win for each player, Chaos in the Old World is remarkably balanced. In fact, I cannot think of another game where four players are forced to behave differently that gives each as fair a shot at winning.

However, from reading the reviews I see a few people have the opinion that Khorne has a distinct advantage. While this is certainly true if all four players are focused on battling, if you’re using Tzeentch, Slaneesh or Nurgle with a “battle first” approach, not only have you missed the point, but you probably didn’t finish reading the rulebook.

If you are one of these Khorne-aphobic players (and presumably not playing as Khorne), he’s actually the easiest of the characters to knock out early. A four-player game takes place over 7 rounds, and Khorne needs to advance his dial 9 times to win. Given that he can advance his dial up to twice per round, the earliest he can win is the 5th round. However, Khorne has the distinct disadvantage (atleast during the summoning phase) of having to go first… and the disadvantage of having his fighters cost 2 to summon. You should always focus on letting the Khorne player run his/her summoning power down and then running away once they’re out of moves.

Doing this, it is possible to make it so that Khorne’s dial only moves once over the first 3 rounds. The Khorne player will only be able to get out 3 Bloodletters in the 1st round. These should be easy to dodge as long as you don’t care about your own dial advancement conditions. By the second round, Khorne should have all of them out – but a well-played card by Slaneesh can keep Khorne from battling in Slaneesh’s region, and a well-played card by Nurgle can boost his cultist defense to 2, making a kill much harder. If the Tzeentch player runs to any of the non-Khorne-occupied spots, it’s going to be a very long game for the Khorne player. If the Khorne player has only advanced the dial twice by the end of the 4th round, he/she will be mathematically eliminated from winning barring a highly improbable victory point win.

I don’t worry about Khorne any more than the others. I’m completely fine letting him kill one of my cultists in a region I’m trying to corrupt during the first round. But if all players have this attitude, and Khorne has already advanced his dial 4 times by the end of the 3rd round, the Khorne player will have an excellent chance of winning regardless of how far behind he/she appears on the victory point track.

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Miniature Painter
I Play This One a LOT
23 of 25 gamers found this helpful
“Best upgrades for each god.”

This has already been partially covered before, but just to let beginners know:

Khorne – cultist upgrade (invaluable for spreading those attacks around as much as possible, key part of getting as much dial advancement tokens as possible)
Nurgle – 3VP for each ruination upgrade (depending on how early you get it, its basically up to 15 free vp’s – thats almost 1/3 of all you need to get!)
Tzeench – cultist upgrade (for the warpstone bombing strategy thats already been described)
Slaneesh – cultist upgrade (increased toughness makes you safe from Khorne unless you’re REALLY in the lead, invaluable for scoring those dial advancement tokens)

There’s less consensus on the next ones one should take. I prefer the bonus power points most of the time.

Keep on gamin’!

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Miniature Painter
Expert Advisor
Inventor
Advanced Reviewer
13 of 14 gamers found this helpful
“Throw a Corruption Party!”

If you are not playing Khorne, keep in mind that cultists are very passive with each other, most of the time they can coexist with other opposing cultists and just do their evil worshipping/recruiting in peace. Use this to everyone’s advantage and pile your cultists with some from the other players. This will limit the locations that Khorne can attack at, and while he very well may show up at your party, he can only take out so many at a time (and his goal only needs to kill one anyway). You also increase the chances that someone will play a defensive card that may protect everybody. Another benefit from this grouping strategy is the region will corrupt faster and points should start to add up at a higher rate than if everybody was spread over the entire map.

So next time you play, pick a nice populous region with some royalty and magic in it and throw a Corruption Party. Feel free to invite Khorne even. He may get rowdy, but he will only crack a few skulls!

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Unicorn Clan - Legend of the Five Rings
Gamer - Level 6
Novice Reviewer
22 of 25 gamers found this helpful
“Tzeentch, Chaos Cards, and conserving energy”

Tzeentch has access to many zero cost cards. Since Tzeentch draws up to five Chaos Cards at the beginning of each turn, you don’t be afraid to play as many of the cards from your hand as you can. If you play a number of zero cost cards with your first few actions you will be able to see where the others players are spending their energy and what map areas they are competing over. This leaves the Tzeentch play with more energy at the end of the summoning phase to play figures around opponents, giving them less resources to counter with.

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Gamer - Level 2
16 of 18 gamers found this helpful
“Warpstone Bombing”

Don’t underestimate Tzeentch’s ability to move warpstones around the map with his cultists. This is a very useful move for setting up dial ticks in remote areas of the map, but coupled with a few lucky events where there are 4-5 warpstones on the map and you can single-handedly ruin a region by yourself in one turn. Just drop a Temporal Stasis on a zone to keep others from cheaply leaching your ruination points and laugh as you bring the region to it’s knees.

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I play blue
Football Fan
USA
Advanced Reviewer
14 of 16 gamers found this helpful
“A hot Bath for the Chaos Gods”

This is a typical game where the plastic miniatures tend to get deformed. This is especially true for the cultists with thin staffs that have the large top.

A quick way to straighten them up is to boil some water in a pan. AS it comes to a boil, remove it from the heat. Drop in the figures (in manageable batches, say 5-10 at a time) and let them sit for a few seconds. The heat will warm up the plastic and release the internal stresses allowing it to go back to its close shape.

Remove them from the water and then place each under cold running water (using your figures to help them keep their shape) until they harden. Let them dry as you do the next batch.

As a bonus tip, a little dab of super glue at the staff will help strengthen those cultists before any of the tips break off.

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Gamer - Level 2
15 of 18 gamers found this helpful
“Khorne - Diversify!”

Note: This advice is for those going for a Khorne dial win. If you’re going for a Khorne VP win then this won’t necessarily apply to you.

Often times when playing with new Khorne players they get enamored by the Bloodthirster and want to bring that big guy into play ASAP. Remember though, with Khorne it’s much better to kill one guy in ten regions then to kill ten guys in one region. You should be taking the Khorne cultist upgrade ASAP and trying to always hold a presence in as many regions as you can. Other players are equipped greatly to run away from Khorne but when you have your guys all over the map that becomes a little more challenging. Remember: all it takes is ONE kill on a region to get you that precious dial advancement counter.

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Rated 50 Games
8 of 12 gamers found this helpful
“Read the strategy pages!”

Towards the end of the rulebook there are two pages with strategy advice for each faction. It is very important that the players read this section. The game really doesn’t work as well if the players do not understand how there faction is designed to function and how it interacts with other factions.

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Mask of Agamemnon
Paladin
The Gold Heart
Cooperative Game Explorer
9 of 15 gamers found this helpful
“Choose a suitable place where you will play this game”

A preference for local own board games to play and which the public site is among adolescents / adults. Not recommend taking this game to a friend’s house if you do not know your parents, spouse or relatives who live with him.

Speaking of fiends is a taboo for many people, the more playing a board game that comes to this matter.

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Critic - Level 1
6 of 15 gamers found this helpful
“For those flimsy cultists banners...”

Honestly, while the cultist banners are cool, they bend, break and just generally look distasteful after a while… so, hard as it may be for purists, I’d cut off the banners as soon as I get the game, to make the cultists look nice and pretty. Unless of course you store the cultists safely and carefully…

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Mask of Agamemnon
Paladin
The Gold Heart
Cooperative Game Explorer
“The Paladin”

This is the insertion of a “character” (or NPC for RPG players) in the game to give a spice on things and it is a rule of the house that I and a staff use that was very cool.

To begin with, anyone who does not know the figure of the Paladin is a slight basic description: Paladins are champions of justice, kindness and loyalty. They have combat skills as a warrior, have the strength of a Berserker, and pledge devotion to a god (or gods), thus obtaining power to cast spells in the same way as a cleric. However, unlike the clerics, a paladin can never serve an evil god. The Paladin is a holy warrior who promotes good. He has powerful fighting abilities, just like the warrior, and some magical abilities just like the cleric. His unwavering faith bestows unique powers, varying according to the RPG system used.

And the rule itself consists of the following:

– In the game setup, replace one of the initial peasant by the paladin. Do this at random as you would put the peasant in the game. The Paladin will be treated as a hero token eliminating the greatest threat of the area … however, it will not disappear as a game card and can not be affected by any spell or ability of any player. Briefly: he will not concede any bonuses to any player and will give all the deviations that a hero makes at the table. Yes, the paladin is only to ruin the lives of the players and is an indestructible guy.

– After the first round, move the Paladin to the next area and so on subsequently. When he gets to The Badlands, the next turn moves him to Norsca and continues the move.

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