blog. Locally this is the game that has sparked the interest of two of my friends sons, has converted at least one X-Wing player to painting his own figures and gotten this old historical player reverting to his RPG fantasy roots.
A lot of old time GW players are comparing the game to Mordheim as I never played that game I can't venture an opinion but most of them speak of Mordheim with affection. For me the game takes me back to playing D&D with a brave party of adventures but combines the tactical aspects many of those game lacked.
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The game has an experience system so you can progress in a campaign were you will up grade and replace losses from your war band and build a hideout/stronghold for your Wizard. You track experience for the wizard his apprentice rises with him. Your other followers don't gain experience, something I have some thoughts on. There is no handicapping system for new players but I don't know how big a problem this will be an unlike some on the web I will wait to see that problem rather than anticipate it. I will say that I think nay players first game should be against another level 1 wizard and his war band, just to keep the learning curve gentle. I plan to have a permanent level 1 war band just for this reason.
Game mechanics are simple but elegant you roll one d20 add in a modify for the appropriate skill and you succeed or fail based on how your roll compares to target number that goes up based on the difficulty of the task. In combat both parties roll on d20 for the principle combatants, additional fighter on one side or the other grant a flat +2 bonus to the roll. If you roll higher than you opponent you win and your total is compared to the other guys armor ratting, if you bet that you do damage. You can win or lose big even if your the better fighter on paper.
In conclusion the game has a lot of depth and give us all a solid foundation to build on. There is enough there to get us all going and I have several house rule idea I will write about latter. The most obvious is that this system could easily be adapted to small scale historical warfare by just replacing Wizard and Apprentice with a Leader and Sidekick (or other appropriate titles). Drop the magic but keep the other aspects and you can easily take the field with Sharp, Harper and a band of "Picked men" for example.