This set is a smorgasbord of new materials for Fantasy Rules!, including
Resealable plastic envelope contains 16 full-size cardstock sheets:
|Designers|| Chip Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Curtis Wright (email@example.com)
|Publisher||Published 1996 by Chipco|
|Mark Havener (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
I've been eagerly awaiting the release of the Fantasy Rules! Expansion Pack for months, ever since I heard that Chipco Games was working on it. Well, it's finally out now, and I have it! With a retail price of about US$10, it's quite a bargain, IMHO. Here's what's inside:
My overall impression? A very nice expansion, and well worth the price. This addition expands the FR! rules in all directions, giving it much greater depth and playability.
The new characters are nice, but the game still manages to keep the emphasis on units of troops, and not heroes. There is a great fantasy element involved, of course, but unlike other games in the same genre, characters do not dominate gameplay.
The magic system has been expanded to include even more different types of spellcasters and spells, and is more interesting than ever. Magic is still powerful, but now with Witch Hunters, Bards, and stored spells (spells in magic rings or scrolls), it's very possible to play an army that has no wizards, and have an even chance of winning.
(By the way, the magic system was one of my biggest criticisms of the game before - I felt it dominated the game a little too much, and was too powerful, and I made some suggestions in that area. The Chipco guys were very interested in the criticism, and even implemented one of my suggestions - Witch Hunters. So I'm living proof that Chipco does listen to their customers!)
The scenario is interesting (a fight between Hill Dwarfs and an Evil army over a rich gold mine), and I am told there will be "army packs" out soon that coincide with the scenario armies.
About the only problems I had with the expansion were typos. There were a few in there, like the Evil army wizard with the exceptional armor! (spellcasters cannot wear armor in FR! ;) ). There were also a few mis-spelled words, but they were not very prevalent, and easily overlooked.
I am chomping at the bit to try out a Colossus and some of the new spells. I have several armies worked up, but now it looks like I will have to rip them up and go back to the drawing board. Great job, Chipco! ;)
|31 December 1997||cover picture added|
|19 June 1997||page first published|
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