This 122 page ruleset seeks to provide a fast and fun game of fantasy
mass combat. It is the designer’s belief that the best games
result from a combination of simple rules mechanics and
the opportunity for the players to make many decisions.
In PRIDE OF LIONS the role of each player is that of the
commanding general of the army or warlord of the horde.
Magic, and the courage and skills of individual heroes, can
affect the game, but the outcome of the battle will depend
mainly on the clash of large units of common fighters
operating under the general’s orders.
Each turn begins with players issuing orders to eligible
units by laying inverted movement chits behind each unit.
After a magic phase, which can result in a unit’s orders
being changed involuntarily or randomly, all orders are
revealed and movement is conducted simultaneously by
all sides but in a strict sequence, with the most aggressive
movement (charges) coming first and skirmishers going last.
Both melee combat and missile fire are conducted
through opposed die rolls, using dice of various sizes from
D4s to D24’s, with the difference between the die rolls
determining the outcome. Factors such as terrain, magic,
special weapons and tactics, and leadership and heroism by
characters all affect the game either through the movement
chits or the die rolls.
WHY A SECOND EDITION?
HOW IS THIS ONE DIFFERENT?
We have a LOT more experience of gaming with these
rules now, and 2nd edition reflects lessons learned. There
are numerous tweaks, as well as places where a longer
explanation seemed necessary for clarity. There are lots
of photos, partly to show off our miniatures but also as
examples of play. And there are some substantial changes:
1. The point system is completely revised, with much
greater detail, and applies now to characters as well as
2. Dwarven rune magic is much more detailed.
3. Godfearers’ “magic” – prayer and spiritual gifts – is
also far more detailed and extensive.
4. Spirits are developed further.
5. There are more and longer generic army lists and spell
6. And the movement sequence of air units is better.
The PDF comes in black and white but we do have color available if desired. Simply purchase the version here and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the color copy.