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It's a gruelling medieval battle... and you're in command!
Two mighty armies clash. You call the shots. Decide your strategy. Plot your secret battle formations. Select your basic warriors. Then customize your forces by adding warriors with special fighting abilities... like Heavy Infantry, Mercenaries and Peasants. And when you're ready... Attack!
Will you defeat your enemy with Battle-axes? Or Arrows? Or will your troops panic and retreat? Outwit and out-fight your opponent's army and capture his King, and you win Lionheart... the customizable game of medieval warfare!
I've been trying to get my wife to share my love of wargames for years. This is truely the game for the task. I started by teaching her chess, and Panzer General(tried anyways), but with these games, with a solid strategic effort on my part, there was no chance for her to win. But with Lionheart, she can beat me even against my best efforts. She enjoys the different pieces, and the complexity they bring to the game. But best of all, our games can be quite short and not bore her to death like our hour-long chess duels. After a few months, I went out and bought 3 more sets and created a Mega-Battle on our dining room table, complete with updated rules and terrain. For the first time I saw her sit down and concentrate over a drawn-out campaign strategy with the focus of a General.
My Dad picked up this game at a yard sale, a rare and wonderful treasure ! My 12 year old son and I
have had many pleasurable hours with this one.
We like to leave the 'dead' on the field as it adds to the game for us. Of course we do sound
effects and mingle in snippets from Braveheart and
Monty Python's Holy grail for good measure.
It reminds me of playing Statego when I was a kid,
its a bit like chess as well. We really like it,
the soldiers are grim and reasonably accurate with
armor and weapons. We need to get another one so we can double up all our units for some serious carnage !
I bought this game for 5 Euros in Germany and I was surprized to find that is much fun to play. It comes into 2 versions (ligth and not so light). It is actually a chess-risk hybrid since every type of piece (King, knights, archers, soldiers plus farmers, warriors, mercenaries) has its own qualities, but dice rolling decides each battle. Basic strategy can be developed. As a conclusion, it's an easy to play, catchy battle game for 2 players.