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02 Aug 2018 5:20 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "RPG War Mistery - On Medieval Fantasy Warfare." to "RPG War Mastery - On Medieval Fantasy Warfare."

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2018 3:05 p.m. PST

"Both armies are at a standoff across the field of battle, bright banners flap in the slight breeze, the noon sun glints from the gleaming razor tips of spears and the blades of swords and axes. The dread war-engines vibrate the ground as they're wheeled into position. Catapults, ballistae, and scorpions are readied. The shouts of the sergeants echo up and down the opposing lines and the frontlines begin advancing towards each other.

Suddenly, choruses of hideous roars tear the skies as a group of dragon-riders surge from the horizon swooping over one side and laying waste to the other. Soldiers desperately try to protect themselves with their tower shields and spears in small bristling testudoes. The earth begins to shake beneath the soldiers' feet frightening the flanks on both sides loosening their formations. The opposing side, victims of the dragon-riders, opens its middle and a tight cluster of stone golems thunder towards the armored heart of their foe.

As the golems crush their way into the enemy's ranks, the dragons peel off and strafe the stone monsters with fire barely slowing them down. The warriors of each army crash together in a wave of blood and iron their champions leading. A small squad from the dragon-riders' side engages the golems with a barrage of acid grenades forged by a mercenary alchemist. Both charging sides meet and the momentum breaks like a wave of blood with the deafening clash of steel and shrieks of dying men. From this blood tide, the champions emerge finally meeting in the middle of the chaos and duel to the death for their respective side and causes…."
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Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2018 2:45 p.m. PST

The entire series of all seven articles can be found here. It is pretty good.

The short version, is that the author is advocating GM's use large-scale battles portraying small to large wars, in their fantasy RPG campaigns, to spice things up for their players. He does not advocate (sell) any rules set, just the concept and how it can liven up, and even refresh, their campaigns. He advocates starting small, and running a series of battles, growing ever larger, to ramp up the tension for the players. He has some very good information in this series. Cheers!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2018 11:39 a.m. PST



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