Well, I’m here to try and help you navigate the world Corvus Belli has created!
Here are the Complete Rules for Infinity or the Quick Start Rules if you're brand new to the game.
www.infinitythegame.com has an amazing collection of resources available to their fans, including free rules, expansions, printable templates/markers, a free & easy to use online army builder, and a deep wiki that I've used mid-game several times to get us through a turn.
And did I mention... It's all free! The only real investment required is in a starter box for about $30 and that's enough to get you started with a 100-125pt list. A fleshed out 300pt list is the stardard tournament/campaign size and will cost less than $100 if you get in on this GS Kickstarter.
Many fans of Infinity have collections that include 3, 4, or all of the armies. It can be relatively cheap & easy to jump from playing one to another without missing a beat. But really, you just need that starter box and that'll be a great way to play your first dozen games, which usually last about an hour or less. And a 300pt list could be your only investment if you want, as you can be confident that that same list will be competitive a year or two from now.
Corvus Belli, the manufacturer, likes to keep things balanced and seems careful about not breaking the game or models when they introduce new rules.
You'll obviously also need glue and paint, but the only other item required is at least one d20. Yes, this game uses 20-sided dice and it is one of the charms of Infinity that I enjoy.
Looks VS. Strategy
You may have noticed the great looking models of Infinity. There’s something to be said for picking the army that you think has the best aesthetics. I say this because there really doesn’t seem to be any broken or underpowered factions. This game is a lot about tactical positioning and a little about the luck of your d20s.
So, if you just want to get into the game without diving into a ton of research, choose the one you think looks the best and go with it. Almost every army has access to most of the gear and weaponry in Infinity and there are only subtle differences between playstyles.
However, if you have gamer OCD and must know all your tactical options before committing, here is a quick & dirty breakdown of all the available factions.
- Higher than average Ballistic skill
- High tech, lots of TO camo, lots of visors, the best Tags, lots of remotes.
- Higher than average close combat
- Heavy infantry intensive
- Higher than average Willpower
- Good doctors, regeneration, climbing, impersonators, fairly cheap troops
- Info war specialists
- Great hackers, lots of repeaters/markers, remotes, TO camo and visors
- Higher than average Physique
- Low tech, cheap troops, immune to EM ammo and hackers, lots of basic camo, auto cannons, kilts, werewolves
- Good all round stats
- Well equipped with the most unique skills and equipment. Sepsitor/plasma etc
- Very well focused specialists but high points costs/low model count
- The artificial intelligence faction, a great deal of access to technology and can be difficult to hit or kill.
- Units can jump between various forms to become a doctor one minute, an engineer another, and a camouflaged sniper.
- The most recent faction
- Have symbiont armor, a parasite that protects its host and sometimes positively modifies their stat line.
So, there you have it!
You can find at least a couple GS patrons playing Infinity on Wednesdays up at the store. Feel free to swing on in and see what Infinity looks like. If you're ready to dive in, contact the staff at Gamers Sanctuary by stopping by or contacting them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810.720.8280 to place your order.
Additional note: This is the kind of table Infinity was meant to be played on...
How freakin' cool is that?!