Arcane Legions

I must confess I don’t own the rules to this game, let alone can I say that I’ve played it. Judging by what I’ve seen, this doesn’t seem like a game I would be particularly interested in. But sweet merciful bloodstained Gods! They have a series of “how to” videos up on YouTube that are just unbelievably good. Here’s the first; they have a bunch.

They’re funny, informative, and they actually try. They should include a DVD with all these videos with the rulebook. I must wonder why other game companies haven’t thought of such a visceral way of bringing in the players (or, if they have, I’ve missed it). And no, I don’t count the D&D 4E videos; they were all cute, and no substance.

Yes, I’m sure there’s a quip in there somewhere, but I’m not going to go all edition-war in this post.

As for why I wouldn’t probably go for this particular game, I can name two reasons. First, I’m not a fan of “fantasy suddenly introduced into history” scenarios. That’s why I have avoided Deadlands like the plague. Second, if I am playing a minis game, I don’t want to see huge cardboard blocks with icons and loads of data. If I wanted that, I’d play System 7 Napoleonics, or a standard hex-and-counter wargame. I want to see minis, and flecking, and terrain, and not be distracted by game mechanics on the actual table.

But that does not dilute my absolute love of these videos, and my belief that the gaming industry as a whole would be well served by adopting a how-to concept like this, to supplement regular rules.

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Wargamer and RPG'er since the 1970's, author of Adventures Dark and Deep, Castle of the Mad Archmage, and other things, and proprietor of the Greyhawk Grognard blog.