Before the game begins players need to agree on how much Rice they will have to spend on building their forces. The cost of all models in the force cannot exceed this limit. All models in a force must have the same faction symbol on their cards or have a game effect that allows them to be used together.
Before the game, a Scenario needs to be agreed upon. The Scenario will decide what objectives the players will need to achieve in order to win the game. New Scenarios will be regularly available on the GCT Studios Website. The Scenario also outlines what, if any, special features should be present on the gaming table, and also how to deploy the forces on to the table. Once Rice cost maximum, force building and Scenario selection have been completed, the game starts.