Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika is a high-speed hobby miniatures game for two players who each take on the role of a powerful Warcaster in command of a formidable battle force. Players assemble and customize a force of 20–30 models and fight a scenario-driven battle using dice and cards to control their mighty units and to cast epic cyphers. The game is played using an alternating-activation turn sequence with a round tracker that governs scoring opportunities and the duration of ongoing effects. Players take turns activating units one at a time and using their rack of cyphers, reality-warping spells that can be used to enhance their troops and warjacks or to devastate their opponent's forces.
While the Warcaster is not physically present on the battlefield, their presence is always felt. A Warcaster coordinates and supports their forces from a sophisticated command and control center called a rack, located aboard a massive battle carrier that transports the Warcaster's troops and warjacks. In the game, the rack is represented by a deck of cards - the spell-like cyphers - that players customize prior to the game based on the powers and abilities they wish to wield as a Warcaster.
The Iron Star Alliance is a vast interplanetary coalition of nations and chartered corporations that have been bound together in the name of progress and mutual defense. Their core objective is to provide security for its allied nations by way of aggressive expansion throughout the galaxy. To accomplish this, the Alliance has established an unparalleled military presence across the Thousand Worlds, with legions of elite Paladin shock troopers that can be deployed anywhere within their dominion quickly and with formidable effect. Through significant tribute extracted from its member-nations, the Iron Star Alliance is able to afford the most advanced technology and weapons for its military, and its Warcasters enjoy abundant benefits as the galaxy's most celebrated martial heroes.
The Iron Star Alliance Command Group Starter Set contains everything one player needs to begin battling across the Thousand Worlds of Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika.