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Lchemical laboratories mystical forges astronomical telescopes and other magical resources While individual games of Frostgrave are uick and can easily be played in an hour or two it is by connecting these games into an ongoing campaign that players will find the most enjoyment The scenarios given in the book are merely the beginning of the limitless thrilling adventures that can be found amidst the ruins of the lost ci Seems like a pretty decent ruleset definitely an interesting alternative to Mordheim I worry that the game might be a tad too simple but I think I'd have to get it on the table to find that out for sure

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Ther henchmen types are available for hire from lowly thugs to heavily ard knights and stealthy assassins Wizards can build their magical knowledge by unlocking ancient secrets with the potential to learn up to 80 spells in total As players gain power and wealth they can develop their headuarters on the outskirts of the city turning one of a dozen different basic locations into bastions of their art euipping them with a Excellent skirmish system For a gamer with a nice selection of models and terrain all you need to get started are a couple of d20s and this book Simple but not simplistic elegant in execution all with an old school feel Must have for anybody who loved Mordheim back in the day

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Amidst the frozen ruins of an ancient city wizards of different creeds are locked in a ferocious struggle Each of them must seek to discover the treasures of a fallen empire and master long forgotten but incredibly powerful magical lore Each player takes on the role of a wizard from one of ten schools of magic and builds his band of followers While the wizard's apprentice will usually accompany his master than a dozen o I've had this little book on my shelf for uite awhile and had occasionally picked it up to thumb through it every now and again Glad I finally read it cover to cover especially with the upcoming 2nd Edition of Frostgrave announced Mr McCullough has crafted a wonderful rules system for playing in Frostgrave the capital of a once powerful magical kingdom now laid to ruins frozen in time But now the ice is melting you can lead a band of intrepid explorers into the lost city to delve for it's secrets and treasures This very light narrative gives the player freedom to drop Frostgrave in just about any setting of their choosing in addition to being able to use figurines of any type You are able to tailor your wizard and their warband to your choosing with whatever spells and euipment that you may see fit All of these choices are held together with a simple but tight D20 based ruleset Frostgrave unites the freedom of choice from a traditional RPG with the tight tactical combat of a skirmish wargame into a uniue tabletop experience that will definitely have me coming back for


About the Author: Joseph A. McCullough

Joseph A McCullough is the author of several non fiction books including A Pocket History of Ireland Zombies A Hunter’s Guide and Dragonslayers From Beowulf to St George In addition his fantasy short stories have appeared in various books and magazines such as Black Gate Lords of Swords and Adventure Mystery Tales He is also the creator of the wargame Frostgrave Fantasy Wargames in th



10 thoughts on “Frostgrave

  1. says:

    Been playing this since September when I bought it at border reiver show Nicely laid out easy to followwith regard the gaming aspect its a very easy game to learn and lots of fun


  2. says:

    When I step into a new fantasy world I want details; details about the world it's history it's deities it's landscape people and traditions In short I want to know the world No matter what the game be it tabletop wargame roleplaying game or boardgame I want to know the world so that I can completely immerse myself in the game and the place that I'm playing in Frostgrave doesn't give you much background but is somehow still able to give me a compelling and fun game in a world of magic and mysteryThe Frostgrave rules weighing in at 136 pages and including everything you need to run small 10 a side skirmishes is a full colour hardback book of good uality that isn't small enough to feel thin on material and not large enough to make you balk at what you've got to learn In fact one of the first attractive ualities is the design and the size as it's neat and concise and the book isn't large enough to beat someone to death with The artwork is excellent and very atmospheric and the photographs of the miniatures in action are detailed and well designed At an RRP of £1499 it's great valueThe game itself uses a 20 sided die and is designed with 28mm miniatures in mind although you can adjust the scales for different sized miniatures Of course using 28mm minis ensures that you don't have to break the bank in figures as you can use miniatures from other well known fantasy wargames you may have but even if you need to purchase some there are official Frostgrave miniatures available from North Star Military Figures wwwnorthstarfigurescomThe game itself is based around a party of adventurers a Warband heading into the Frozen City to find magic items treasure and fame Your primary character the Wizard is the figure you're most focused on as these guys deal out the most damage in a variety of ways you can choose from ten different schools of magic; Chronomancer Elementalist Enchanter Illusionist Necromancer Sigilist Soothsayer Summoner Thaumatuge and Witch and each has eight spells to choose from Although you can choose spells from other disciplines some schools of magic can be opposed to others which makes casting difficult or almost impossible Your Wizard is supported by nine others including an apprentice who is able to do what the Wizard can do but not as well and eight non magic soldiers ranging from hounds thugs and archers to Man at Arms Knights and Templars; there are 15 fighter types to choose from Each Wizard starts with 500 gold crowns to spend on the extra help and can gain gold and items as the game progresses Kills and achievements gain you experience points and assuming your Wizard survives the game they can progress on to the next game and earn spells items improve their scores and rise in levels up to a maximum of level 20Each game has targets to reach and these take the form of treasure chests that characters get to fight for and then run off with The chests have random items and gold which you can then use to upgrade your character and team as well as buy new items and supporting characters although you can only ever field ten at a time These seuence of scenarios form a campaign there are ten scenarios in this book alone and on average each scenario is about a page long but can last anything up to an hour taking into account the simple bookkeeping reuired so campaigns are very easy to design In between scenarios your Warband can retire to their Base where they can use resources gathered in previous scenarios and restock and recuperateThe die mechanic is very uick easy and intuitive throughout the game Want to cast a spell? Roll 1D20 and score higher than the spell's target number Want to hit someone? Both of you roll 1D20 add your Fight or Shoot skill and whoever rolls the highest wins and the roll also determines damage This is all controlled by a Stat Line a series of numbers that define a single character Movement M determines how far a character can move Fight F and Shoot S are an indication of a character's prowess in man to man and ranged combat Armour A is what they are wearing and how much damage they can absorb Will W determines how they can resist certain spells and Health H is how much damage they can take before incapacitation or deathAlong with a handy bestiary for wandering creatures in the city and some reference pages to make the games easier you get uite a lot in the bookIs it any good though? Did I enjoy the game? After our first two games which were easy to play through as the rules were easy to learn and the rulebook easy to refer to as I bookmarked what I thought we'd need on an ongoing basis I got pretty well attached to my Wizard Brania a Witch and his apprentice Mushroom don't ask I also named my Warband members and the hound we had a vicious warhound with one eye and a muzzle made of iron we called him Mr Sprinkles was a favourite It was a bit of fun at first so when a character fell in combat we could cry out their names and go 'Nooooooo' in slow motionHowever I got to level four with Brania and I was getting attached He'd got some pretty good kit and the items were stacking up and the base I had created an abandoned inn had a bit of characterWe'd played some of the scenarios in the book but we wanted to try something different so my opposition suggested that he'd like to raid my base So I created a map and the agreement was that if he won then he could choose one of the Resources I had in the base as well as one magic item If I won it was a simple defensive action and I got to keep everythingThe battle raged and about halfway through Mushroom was killed and I was kind of bummed about it The fight raged on and I was in a pickle and it got so bad that I found myself cornered by both the enemy Wizard and his apprentice double trouble I got so badly hurt that I found myself surrendering and asking for terms Terms? This was a wargame dammit There are no termsAnd yet my friend went with the flow and we agreed on terms he got my best soldier and two magic items as well as gold and the resource and my character lived It was then that I realised that we'd roleplayed the encounter and that the characters were than simple playing pieces you move around the board I'd become as attached to the Wizard as I sometimes do with my tabletop RPG characters and I wanted to see him go onAnd there's the single best thing with this game; sure it's a wargame and wargames are usually about domination and victory at all costs but this skirmish game feels a lot personal and will appeal to roleplayers such as myself Hardcore wargamers don't need to fear this aspect because it's a great game and you don't need to include a roleplaying aspect but it was refreshing for me to be able to play a wargame and incorporate elements of my favourite hobby into it In fact the system could work uite well as a miniatures RPG; I have now added a skill roll which is simply roll 1D20 and beat a target number; easy 5 average 10 difficult 15 impossible 20 That's it instant roleplaying game I can get all the background details I need from the short story collection also by Osprey Frostgrave – Tales of the Frozen City is a fiction anthology that collects eleven stories of wizards and adventurers as they venture into the ruins of the Frozen CityAlthough the rulebook has enough details about the world for a decent skirmish game and bear in mind you don't have to use the game setting; this works well for any setting it doesn't have enough background to get a full roleplaying experience out of but that's not what the game was designed for This is an excellent game that's fast furious and a hell of a lot of fun It enables you to bring whatever you want to the table Just want to have a big fight? Check Sling some spells? Check Swing some swords? Check Create and have fun with characters? Check Do a bit of roleplaying? CheckThis is a great game that I'm sure I'm going to be playing on a regular basis and makes for a great introduction for new wargamers wanting to get into the hobby with it's simple intuitive rules and clear and concise rulebookHighly recommended


  3. says:

    I've had this little book on my shelf for uite awhile and had occasionally picked it up to thumb through it every now and again Glad I finally read it cover to cover especially with the upcoming 2nd Edition of Frostgrave announced Mr McCullough has crafted a wonderful rules system for playing in Frostgrave the capital of a once powerful magical kingdom now laid to ruins frozen in time But now the ice is melting you can lead a band of intrepid explorers into the lost city to delve for it's secrets and treasures This very light narrative gives the player freedom to drop Frostgrave in just about any setting of their choosing in addition to being able to use figurines of any type You are able to tailor your wizard and their warband to your choosing with whatever spells and euipment that you may see fit All of these choices are held together with a simple but tight D20 based ruleset Frostgrave unites the freedom of choice from a traditional RPG with the tight tactical combat of a skirmish wargame into a uniue tabletop experience that will definitely have me coming back for


  4. says:

    Excellent skirmish system For a gamer with a nice selection of models and terrain all you need to get started are a couple of d20s and this book Simple but not simplistic elegant in execution all with an old school feel Must have for anybody who loved Mordheim back in the day


  5. says:

    Can't wait to play this with my son and best friend


  6. says:

    If Warhammer 40K with wizards in a frozen city and magic instead of tech sounds good to you then this is pretty much your game and this book is your entryway into it The rules are simple enough to learn uickly but complex enough to allow for some real strategy There are enough options in creating characters the wizard characters anyway that each should be uniue enough to satisfy any I gotta be me impulses you might have Replayability is only so so but there are a lot of scenarios here and many many in other supplements A real strong point if you're a fantasy RPG fan you likely already have everything you need to play this game other than this book a few wizard miniatures a few other figures some terrain or just some books and such to simulate it a tape measure some twenty sided dice That's about it GORecommended


  7. says:

    Great skirmish system and not too complicatedWhile not as hard core as some war games out there this one shines as it's easy to learn doesn't cost half of the national GDP and gives old warhammer players who can't stomach the new age of sigmar system something to do with a few handfuls of their old armies Just an FYI there are a few areas in the system that are not clear and will need players to make up house rule for like the base sizes of models and other such things Overall I am very happy with the game If only I could figure out a way of stopping my wife from curb stomping me every game


  8. says:

    Seems like a pretty decent ruleset definitely an interesting alternative to Mordheim I worry that the game might be a tad too simple but I think I'd have to get it on the table to find that out for sure


  9. says:

    Easy to jump inThis book is perfect for anyone looking to try out a true tabletop skirmish game Easy to comprehend but with plenty of crunch If you still have thing for old GW systems like Mordheim and Necromunda give this a good look You won't be disappointed


  10. says:

    Fantastic art and design plus a easy logical system for Mordheim style skirmish campaigns Can't want to try out the game


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