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There are complete sets available for dirt cheap at Minatures Market. I can afford only one set. Which is the best set of warriors to buy?
Re: What is the "best" set?
I own every set, but it's very difficult to pick a "best" one. It really depends on what you're looking for. If you have particular warriors or cultures that interest you, get the sets with those cards. You'll have more fun that way. For instance, I don't regard Leonidas as one of the strongest warriors in the game, but you'd better believe I enjoy yelling "This is SPARTA!" whenever he makes a particularly clutch attack.
At any rate, I'll give you a rundown of each set, along with my personal thoughts about the cards. Just a caveat: my "notable cards" are not necessarily super powerful, but rather ones that might be recognizable and interesting.
Set 1: Greeks, Romans, Norse, Japanese
Notable cards: Alexander the Great, Leonidas, Hercules, Julius Caesar, Ninja, Shuriken (in Ninja pack)
Analysis: Set 1 cards tend to be a bit weak and bland compared to later sets. Some really iconic characters, but might not produce the best gameplay.
Set 2: Britons, Chinese, Egyptians, Mongols
Notable cards: King Arthur (w/ Merlin and Excalibur), Robin Hood, Mulan (historical figure behind the Disney character), Cleopatra, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan
Analysis: I like Set 2 much better than Set 1. Neat characters from some really intriguing cultures, plus a lot of more advanced card effects. This is definitely one you should consider if you like the cultures.
Set 3: French, Germanic Tribes, Native Americans, Scottish
Notable cards: Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, William Wallace
Analysis: Set 3 has some strong cards, but I don't find the cultures that engaging (although Native Americans do have a lot of fun abilities that rely on dice manipulation and consecutive numbers). But if you want to take a claymore and beat some face, this would probably be a fun set.
Set 4: Irish, Maori, Persians, Russians
Notable cards: Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great, Catherine the Great, Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible
Analysis: This set deals heavily in cultures which mostly exist outside the canon of Western historical study. If you're a history buff, this is an awesome set, with powerful cards and fun mechanics (the Russians are particularly good). If you like these cultures or want to learn about several unfamiliar societies, this is a good set to buy.
Set 5: Aztecs, Japanese, Saracens, Spanish
Notable cards: Montezuma, Saladin, Moses (as an Inspiration), El Cid, Cortez, Isabella (the monarch who financed Columbus), Arquebus (first firearm in the game)
Analysis: For me, Set 5 has some of the coolest cultures. Aztecs, Saracens, and Spanish are all fun to play, and Aztecs have some of the most creative warrior abilities in the game (not the best by any means, but abilities that challenge your ability to exploit card interactions). I don't think Set 5 has the sheer power of Set 4, but, for me, Set 5 is more entertaining.
Set 6: Chinese, Pirates, Romanians, Turks
Notable cards: Blackbeard, Sir Francis Drake, Vlad the Impaler (the historical Dracula), Suleiman the Great
Analysis: This gets my vote for most powerful set. From top to bottom, all the cultures are pretty strong, and there's just something super cool about playing the Pirates (especially if you pit them against the Ninja from Set 1). If you like the character selection and want some particularly powerful abilities, this is the way to go.
Set 7: American Frontiersmen, Greeks, Tribes of Israel, Trojans
Notable cards: Daniel Boone, Agamemnon, Odysseus, Ajax, Samson, Hector, Paris
Analysis: Set 7 probably has my favorite roster of cultures. The Americans have neat abilities that reflect their hardiness and ability to survive in unfavorable conditions, while the Israelites let you bring all your favorite Biblical figures into the arena. Plus, nothing beats pitting the Greeks against the Trojans in the ultimate grudge match. If you don't prefer another set's cultures, then this would be my recommendation.
Overall, though, I don't think you can go wrong. If you just want powerful cards, Set 6 is probably your best bet. However, you might not be familiar with those cultures. Unless you want to buy the game for its educational value (certainly a laudable intention), I'd say Set 7 gives the best balance between power and coolness. Anachronism is a wonderful little game with nearly limitless customization options. If you enjoy it for what it is--a quick, bloody skirmish with varying levels of depth based on the cards you choose--you'll have a good time.
Vinicius Yuiti Takaki
Vlad really has some strong cards!