- Fantasy Warlord
title = Fantasy Warlord
subtitle = Mass Combat Rules
image_caption = "Fantasy Warlord" rulebook cover
illustrator = Gary Chalk
publisher = Folio Works Ltd.
players = 2–4
ages = 10+
setup_time = 10 minutes
playing_time = 90+ minutes
complexity = Medium
strategy = Medium
random_chance = Medium (
skills = Dice rolling
bggid = 9241
"Fantasy Warlord" is a
fantasy miniatures gamereleased in 1990by Folio Works. It was written by Ian Baileyand illustrated by Gary Chalk.
The game was designed and published by two ex-
Games Workshop(GW) employees who disagreed with the much more commercial direction that company was taking.cite journal | last =Baxter | first =Stephen | authorlink =Stephen Baxter | title =Freedom in an Owned World: Warhammer Fiction and the Interzone Generation | journal =Vector Magazine - The Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association | volume = | issue =229 | publisher =British Science Fiction Association | date =2006 | url =http://www.vectormagazine.co.uk/article.asp?articleID=42 | accessdate = 2007-02-07 ] It was supposed to rival the " Warhammer Fantasy Battle" game that GW published.
"Fantasy Warlord" featured some unusual game mechanics such as simultaneous movement, an original command and control system (units are organised into brigades commanded by characters) and
fog of warrules. It also featured balanced magic and troop choice systems. However the balance within the combat system reduced the opportunity to generate dramatic victories.
Much like "Warhammer", the game had its own fantasy world, called
Vortimax, in which the battles were imagined to take place. There was also a related range of "Fantasy Warlord" miniatures casted by Alternative Armies, and a magazine called "Red Giant".
The game went out of print 18 months after first publication. Some supplements were expected, such as "Besieged" or "Fantasy Warlord Command Pack", but none were released.
"Fantasy Warlord" was not well received by critics, citing problems ranging from the racial-types not effecting melee and movement being overly complicated to the cover artwork being "garish".Games Master International, NO. 9, April 1991, page 70.]
* [http://www.gamebooks.org/gallery/fantasywarlord.jpg"Fantasy Warlord" cover by Gary Chalk ]
* [http://fantasywarriors.frothersunite.com/reviews/GMI.html Scan of "Fantasy Warlord" review from Games Master International, April 1991]
* "Fantasy Warlord" on [http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/FantasyWarlord/ Yahoo! Groups]
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