Why I only play Ariadna
Most Infinity players I know play multiple factions. I don’t. I only have models for Ariadna and lots of them. I own about 80 minis for a game which requires 20 minis maximum for a game. You know what? I still need to proxy because I don’t have them all.
Ok, I do have minis for the generic and both sectorials. Maybe that counts as having multiple factions. The advantage to this is that I am still able to use minis from the sectorials into the generic army. That is one of the advantages of only playing one faction.
Of course, I like the models because of their modern militaristic look. That is why I started with them before I knew anything about the rules and the background of Infinity. Many people collect Ariadna models for that reason. But those players mostly also have models of other factions.
No, there are two main reasons why I only play Ariadna.
Firstly, I want to limit myself to what I have to study. Many years ago, I played a lot of Warhammer Fantasy. I had four armies. I lost many games. A friend gave me the advice that the reason I kept on losing so many games is that I did not get enough experience in playing each of the armies as I constantly swapped which army I played on a weekly basis. Obviously, if I have models I want to make use of them. It irks me if I see a model sitting in a box which never gets used. So I limit myself to one faction because I want to get the most expertise in that faction. I want to master how every unit works in depth rather than switching from force to force, improving in all of them, but mastering none.
Ariadna seems to be the perfect faction for my goal. I am not a particularly witty person and I definitely have issues with bad memory. Not having to use all those rules about which deal with the technological side of Infinity helps me. My thoughts while playing should be about the tactics, not about the rules. One should know ones limits; I am quite happy with being low tech.
I have to admit that when I heard about the new hacking rules for N3, I got a bit jealous and considered starting a new faction that would allow me to use all those rules. QK or maybe even Aleph. When I saw the hacking tables, I happily decided that I will not burden my brain with all those rules. The less I have to know, the quicker and the further I can think. Sure, Ariadna may use hackers nowadays. But without repeaters this choice is not that attractive. If I do use hackers, the programs I will be using will probably be limited.
Ariadna is beginner friendly as it is uses fewer rules, I believe. But by no means does that mean that Ariadna players can afford to be less witty. Quite the opposite may be the case. Ariadna is fighting an uphill struggle against technologically superior forces. They need to be sneaky and clever to win. Ariadna often plays like a guerrilla army. I like that theme.
I am a bit of a background lover, so of course I like Ariadna because the faction is a bit of an underdog. A small, underdeveloped nation sitting on top of a hill filled with teseum, attacked by the greedy superpowers of the Human Sphere.
However, there is also something very sinister about Ariadna. The Ariadnans have come to a foreign planet and displaced, murdered and enslaved the original inhabitants. I don’t like playing the bad guys, but Infinity does not have the simplistic good vs. evil theme that fantasy games have. This sinister aspect makes Ariadna appear like a real nation like Australia, the USA or Canada. I appreciate that. I shied away from buying the Antipodes models because I felt so repulsed by their enslavement. Now I am using them not only because they are useful, but also as a statement that there are no knights in shining armour to be found on Dawn.
These are my reasons why I stuck to Ariadna and nothing else. Let me hear what the reasons for your faction of choice are in the comments below.