An Army in Your Pocket
Lords of Vlachold Box Set Contents
The Lords of Vlachold is the first new faction for the award-winning Battleground Fantasy Warfare system.
72 Unit Cards:
30 Command Cards
6 Reminder Cards
One Quick Start Rules
Note: additional content may be included if we reach stretch goals.
Voivode Knights x 3
Markyz Lancers x 6
Warriors in the Mist x 3
Curteni Heavy Archers x 6
Voynik Thralls x 6
Werewolf Pack x 6
Tepes Lords x 7
Voynik Swordsmen x 7
Voynik Spearmen x 7
Czigany Hillfolk x 7
Voynik Crossbowmen x 7
Curteni Halberdiers x 7
Lords of Vlachold prototype unboxing
Lords of Vlachold
In the shrouded realm of Vlachold, the monsters do not lurk in the wilderness. They rule from on high.
The people of Vlachold fear neither the Orcish warcry nor the Elven arrow. They fear when their Lords look upon them, and smile. Once the Lords were the noble defenders of the realm, but during the Orc Invasions they made a pact with a Dark Power that granted them inhuman strength, supernatural powers, and immortality by drinking the blood of a living creature. In the centuries that followed the souls of the Lords withered, becoming cruel and capricious. Now the people of the realm wait, persevering until the sun shines again on Vlachold.
Vlachold is a break-though faction, designed to achieve a quick victory with your vampire units before their mortal servants break and flee. The Lords can Drain their Vassals, drinking their blood to heal or gain supernatural abilities.
The vampire Lord can also call upon their minions, such as Werewolf Packs and Czigany Hillfolk, to bolster their line. And the mysterious Warriors in the Mist appear to save the Voynik commoners in direst need.
The Lords of Vlachold is a faction for players who love to gamble, willing to risk weakening their line in one place to win in another. It also appeals to the player who enjoy evil factions, of being as much (or more!) of a threat to your units as the enemy.
Battleground Fantasy Warfare is a miniatures game — only without the miniatures! Units are represented by cards portraying the warriors and their characteristics. Each player builds their army, deploy their units, and assigns them orders. Once the battle begins, each player only has a limited ability to command their army. The player with the better plan can use their commands to inspire or enchant their units in combat.
In Battleground, two-players (or two-sides, if multiple players want to ally) each build an army from the units in their faction. Units have points cost and the total cost of all units can't exceed the maximum points for each side.
After assembling armies, you will deploy your units and assign them Standing Orders. You can give a unit the order to run forward and kill the enemy, or tell the unit to advance to the top of a hill and hold position, or concentrate fire on the giant monster on the flank.
Once a unit has been given a Standing Order, the unit keeps the order until you change it. Every turn you will get a number of Command Actions that can be used to control your units.
In a standard game you will have 4 Command Actions and between 6-10 units. Seldom will you have enough Command Actions to do everything you want, so the key to victory is a solid plan and wise use of this limited resource.
You can also spend Command Actions on your faction's special ability or to draw Command Cards, which represent strategic ploys, acts of heroism, or magical effects. In this way Battleground rewards the player with the better strategy.
Once combat begins, you will roll dice to determine hits and wounds between the units.
The target number needed depends on your unit's stats and those of the enemy it is attacking. All stats are written right on the unit card and as damage is inflicted, you will mark off damage boxes on the unit.
Taking damage can cause a unit to rout and once its last box is marked, the unit is destroyed. Once you have destroyed or routed a little more than half of your opponent's army, you win!
Quick to set up, easy to store, Battleground is a game that can be played in two hours at your kitchen table and carried in your pocket. And yet Battleground is a deeply tactical game, where maneuver and marshaling your limited command resources are the keys to victory.