- Hardcover: 136 pages
- Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472805046
- ISBN-13: 978-1472805041
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.5 x 635.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City Hardcover – 20 Jul 2015
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"This book contains everything you need to build your warband, play a long campaign and have a great time with it. Its a fantastic looking book, the artwork is beautiful, and it is full of stunning painted models...a fine addition to any gaming shelf." --The Garage Gamers ..". I urge those of us who remember the AD&D adventures of our youth, have ever read a fantasy novel or seen a fantasy movie, to seek out a copy of this tome and sally forth on the road to adventure!" --Wargames Illustrated "[Frostgrave] allows you to play a game that has the narrative feel of an adventure by J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, or George R. R. Martin, rather than play a medieval wargame with spells and monsters added on. The simplicity of the rules systems also contributes to this atmosphere of heroic fantasy. Frostgrave is one of those gameswhere the rules allow a game to be played, rather than the game being an enactment of a rules system." --Wargames: Soldiers and Strategy "Frostgrave has a real flavour of the old school, fun tabletop adventuring that was prevalent when I first got into D&D... Recommended especially for the money." --Miniatures Wargames Magazine"
A set of fantasy skirmish wargaming rules pitting rival wizards and their henchmen against each other in the frozen ruins of a lost city.See all Product description
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This review was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy of the book in question.
So, what is Frostgrave? Well, in-game it was once the center of magics, a metropolis of ridiculous power, steeped in arcane might; then, the ice came and swallowed the city; winter had come and devoured it wholesale. For untold years, the powerful magics of the place had been kept below the grinding glaciers...but now, thaw has come, unearthing ever more of the labyrinthine ruins that make up the city, unearthing countless mystical treasures, rife for the taking for those foolhardy or brave enough to venture inside. From all traditions and lands, wizards and their entourages flock to the place, all hoping for supreme magical power...
So that would be the in-game reply. Out-game, Frostgrave can best be pictured as a beer-and-pretzels, quick-play hybrid between fantasy wargaming and roleplaiyng, one that requires no GM and yes, the game supports more than two players. So how exactly does it work?
Well, you need a couple of things to play, but significantly less than for similar games: You need miniatures...but not more than the average gaming group has on its hands; 28 mm miniatures are assumed as default. Per player, you cannot have more than 10 minis under your command, so the game's pretty tame as far as that's concerned. You also need dice - one d20 suffices, though one per player is better. Frostgrave can be played easily on most household tables; 2' by 2' is enough for quick games, 4' by 4' or larger tables allow for more impressive games, though.Read more ›
All in all a simple elegant system bound to give the wargamer hours of fun and clearly customizable to your own style of play. Only things I could wish for: a quick reference sheet, an index. An interesting development would be to have a skill system ( especially for the soldiers) and perhaps traps on treasure etc. but this would make the game more complex. The combat mechanic works really well.
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I tended to only play board games and x-wing thinking most miniature games with a tape measure looked too haphazard, gave this go and I’m now hooked and trying more
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easy to play, challenging to master, reminiscent of Mordheim but betterPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, love the game can't wait to start a narrative driven campaign. Fully recommend the company only place I found that gives you a discount on this item.Published 11 months ago by robert brant
Wow, what an amazing game. I love the war game/role play game intersection, I love you can use whatever minis you have. Great fun and well thought out. Read morePublished 12 months ago by S. Watt