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Re: Fantasy skirmish rules - a useful list
« Reply #60 on: February 03, 2022, 04:28:23 PM »
I'd like to mention One Page Fantasy Skirmish, the original rules on which Viking Age rules Ravenfeast were based on:

http://www.geocities.ws/friendlyfungus/OnePageFantasySkirmish.pdf

Also, ACIDSHOCK!, which is a standalone fantasy expansion to a sci-fi skirmish system called FUTURESHOCK!:

https://www.wargamevault.com/product/349130/FUTURESHOCK---Issue-5
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Re: Fantasy skirmish rules - a useful list
« Reply #61 on: March 07, 2022, 11:31:38 PM »
From the same author as ACIDSHOCK!, there is something else called DEATH IN THE DUNGEON, available at Wargame Vault, which I have become recently enamoured with.

https://www.wargamevault.com/product/300590/Death-in-the-Dungeon

It's a "dungeon-crawling party bumps into another dungeon-crawling party in an underground chamber and battles for loot" type setup. Expansions exist which cater for solo play.
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Re: Fantasy skirmish rules - a useful list
« Reply #62 on: April 27, 2022, 08:46:27 AM »
From the same author as the above, is a brand new 'Super Quick Barbarian Skirmish' game called SAVAGE BLADES

https://www.wargamevault.com/product/394867/Savage-Blade---Barbarian-Skirmish-MicroZine

This one looks interesting. I haven't played it yet, but the hand-drawn, "hand-written" design is compelling, as is the first and only line of background text:

"Everything is lost. The world is aflame. Barbarian Warriors gather in warbands to destroy one other."
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Re: Fantasy skirmish rules - a useful list
« Reply #63 on: April 27, 2022, 08:23:06 PM »
Thanks tikitang I've grabbed both Savage Blade & Futureshock to have a look at.

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Re: Fantasy skirmish rules - a useful list
« Reply #64 on: June 10, 2022, 07:47:17 AM »
From the same author as the above is something new called TALES FROM THE DEATHREALM.

https://www.wargamevault.com/product/399071/Tales-from-the-Deathrealm

This author, alias Neuicon, churns out quite a lot of rules (I'm pretty sure this is his third or fourth set this year), and he specialises in both streamlining and innovative combat mechanics. All of them are geared toward small fights between a very small number of miniatures in a very small space: typically 2-3 models per side, on a 1' x 1' battlefield. What's unique about this latest set are two things:

1. Randomised character generation. This is something I really like, because most of the time I find that pre-generated character profiles don't fit with my miniatures of choice, OR I get "paralysed by possibility" in open-build rules, like Open Combat or Song of Blades & Heroes. Rolling up random stats with dice, therefore, is something I can totally get down with! Although the randomness of character generation means it's hugely "unbalanced", this is part of the fun.

2. All stats boiling down to a single value: "war-dice". This is the number of dice you roll to attack or defend. The number you have for a single character are determined by the randomised rolling during character creation, as well as the equipment your character is carrying. This is a very clever way of taking everything about a character and turning it into a single value. This is, in my limited experience, a fairly unique design and it seems to work really well. 

Of all the light fantasy skirmish rules Neuicon has released so far, I think these are my favourite.
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Re: Fantasy skirmish rules - a useful list
« Reply #65 on: August 13, 2022, 12:47:43 PM »
Unless I've missed it - and it's easy enough to do, given the profusion of xxxxblade(s) and xxxxstorm(s) in the titles previously discussed - no-one has so far mentioned Battleblade by Echidna Games, available as a pdf from Wargame Vault.

Has anyone happened to try this yet?




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Re: Fantasy skirmish rules - a useful list
« Reply #66 on: August 17, 2022, 05:44:52 AM »
Unless I've missed it - and it's easy enough to do, given the profusion of xxxxblade(s) and xxxxstorm(s) in the titles previously discussed - no-one has so far mentioned Battleblade by Echidna Games, available as a pdf from Wargame Vault.

Has anyone happened to try this yet?

Well, I have since bought, downloaded and read the rules of Battleblade. But I haven't yet played them.

I first heard about this game back in 2018. At the time I was following some guy called Bundo Kess on Twitter, whose painting style and choice of miniatures I greatly admire, and he mentions in August of that year he was playing a game with his daughter using some system called Alien Worlds by Echidna Games. A quick look at their website lead to the discovery of Battleblade. I never looked into it any further at the time, and in the intervening years had almost completely forgotten about it (even the title), but just the other day I felt a strange impulse from deep within my brain to hunt it down again, which I did eventually succeed in doing, hence why I asked if anyone here had played the game. Since making that post I read a review which was positive and I thought I'd just go ahead and try it out, and spent the 7 from Wargame Vault.

My impressions from a first read is that it feels like the hybrid baby of Song of Blades & Heroes and ACIDSHOCK! (even though it predates the latter by some years). In terms of simplicity it feels like a halfway point between both those systems, which is hugely appealing to me. It's tempting to write a full review, but I should probably wait until I've played it. From my reading of the rulebook alone, though, I have a strong feeling that I'm going to get on well with this one.


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Re: Fantasy skirmish rules - a useful list
« Reply #67 on: August 17, 2022, 12:57:33 PM »
Still not mentioned I see: Umbra Turris
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Re: Fantasy skirmish rules - a useful list
« Reply #68 on: August 19, 2022, 02:26:31 PM »
Here's another very light set of rules from Neuicon called MORS REGNAT ("Death Reigns") which is completely FREE:

cvltovcpop.com/mors_regnat_onlinerules.html

Broadly speaking, it shares a lot in common with much of his previous work (small miniature count, small battlefield, "grimdark" theme, similar mechanics etc.) but the unique factor here seems to be that you create your characters based on a limited amount of points to distribute among stats and gear as you see fit, rather than building characters up to what you want, then counting the total points, as most of these miniatures-agnostic rules do. This "distribute X points across your stats" aspect reminds me a little of Steve Jackson's The Fantasy Trip: Melee, which is no bad thing.

One factor to consider is that each character in the game gets exactly the same amount of points to spend on themselves, so the only way to ensure that a game is 'balanced' is to have exactly the same number of warriors on each side of the conflict. It also means there are no heroes or leaders. Because of this, it feels somewhat "gladiatorial" in nature.

Weapons are abstracted into three levels of power: "Weak", "Light" and "Strong"; players are left to interpret by themselves what sort of weapons fit these generic descriptors.

Looking forward to giving this a try in due course!
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