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Of Armies and Hordes is an army levelwargame using area movement and abstract maneuvering to simplify play while retaining all the tactical choices and variables required by the genre. 

NOTE that area movement is NOT OPTIONAL: you cannot play these rules with inch measuring or measuring sticks. You NEED 30-48 areas (of any shape, the author suggest irregular) marked on your table.

The rules are designed for fast, relaxed play among friends, not competitions. Bookkeeping is minimal. A typical large game requires two hours, including setup.

Combat is dramatic. Battle-lines clash into each other. Something happens on the table every turn. Troops die quickly.

The rules are non-scale specific.You can use any figures in any scale. Use any models you already own, or build dedicated armies.

Basing is flexible. Use any system you like.You can even mix basing systems. As long as you can count the units (either the heads of models or the number of stands), you can play.

Table size is flexible. As long as you can identify enough areas of the battlefield to provide a good game, you can play on a small kitchen table or on a huge wargaming table.


The rules are written for fantasy games. It is possible to play ancient and medieval battles by removing the fantastical elements, but the rules have little pretension of historical accuracy.

There is no SOLO system but the rules are simple enough that a player may play solo by controlling both sides.

There are NO ARMY lists in the main file, but there is a spreadsheet with over 600 ready-made profiles, and you can create your own. From goblins to wlves to orcs to trolls and dwarves and humans and halflings and undead, we got you covered. By keeping the point system separate from the core rulebook, we will not need new editions as the game evolves and new troops are added.

We will publish free PDFs of army lists (the same that are in the spreadsheet, plus more that we will add). We plan to collect all army lists in a print book in 2020.

We will update the spreadsheet with new troops as they are created.


The download includes a full color PDF of the rules (92 pages), two sample area maps, a letter sized QRS, an army creation spreadsheet (to be opened with OpenOffice), a letter-sized, inksaving version of the core rules with all images removed (condensed to 32 letter-sized pages).

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Alexei V January 04, 2020 5:27 pm UTC
The description sounds like a lot of excuses....
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Vicente C March 10, 2019 9:57 pm UTC
Will there be a print on demand edition here?
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andrea S March 17, 2019 8:02 pm UTC
I can try, but in the past I found the process of having the book approved by the printing partner of WGV quite time-consuming and the print quality was not completely satisfying. I am printing metal spiral bound copies locally (in Italy) and after that I will have a paperback on amazon.
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David B September 01, 2019 2:37 pm UTC
Any update on this? I’ve been waiting some time, as I no longer buy PDFs of games.
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Andrew M February 23, 2019 6:47 pm UTC
Thank you for the update, Andrea. I'd be happy to pre-order the hardcover, as the price seems reasonable, but as I'm not on Facebook I suppose that's not feasible.

I got my books from Lulu today, and am looking forward to delving into them. S & S looks particularly impressive with its colour illustrations and quality paper. Still awaiting the cards for S & S.
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andrea S February 24, 2019 9:03 pm UTC
no need to be on Facebook, it is not an exclusive or something like that. Just drop me a mail to and I'll send you all the info. thanks!
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Andrew M February 19, 2019 12:59 pm UTC
Even more strangely, unless I'm even less perceptive than I thought, it's not even mentioned on the author's own website.

Lead Adventure Forum mentions a print edition coming soon. Can you confirm this, please, Andrea?
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andrea S February 19, 2019 6:29 pm UTC
Andrew M, unfortunately my site is under repairs (we had a hacker attack a few months ago, and my webmaster is currently unavailable to work on a total makeover of the site). So to upload new products I have to ask other people to let me in :-) for the moment I am using WGV and other vendors for the PDF. There will be three different print edition, one hardback with metal spiral binding (more expensive, signed by me for those who care about its value as a collectable) that I will be printing here in Ukraine where I am living now (I will go back to Italy in April but looking to come back in Ukraine if I manage to get a visa); then there will be a standard paperback version on amazon, and later a super-cheap "essential edition" with just the rules, printed in black and white (maybe clubs will want something like that). I am alone doing this so it will take time, my guess is about 10-15 days for the limited run hardcover (I will print only 30-40 copies) and then the regular paperback after another week...See more
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Andrew M February 20, 2019 3:51 pm UTC
Thank you for the detailed reply, Andrea. Can you tell us now how much the hardback book will be? BTW, I'm currenlty waiting for my copies of Sellswords & Spellslingers and Four Against Darkness from Lulu, and the cards for S & S.
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andrea S February 23, 2019 4:37 am UTC
Andrew M, thank you for your purchases. I am doing a quick campaign on my Facebook to finance a limited edition print that is hardback and metal-spiral bound, it will be the same book as the pdf, 6x9 size (with the cover being slightly larger than 6x9). We are taking preorders now and we go to print on the 28th. The book is printed in Ukraine where I am living now (I will be here until April and may return here if I manage to get a long stay visa, but that's not guaranteed) and every copy will be signed. I was initially planning to print just 30 copies but the initial preorders were good and we doubled it to 60 copies. Preorder price is $39 and includes a PDF and shipping to any country (you may have to pay minor custom fees depending on where you live, but of course I have no control over that). We go to print on the 28th and start shipping as soon as the printer delivers the books to me. After this, there will be a cheaper paperback version on Amazon, and an "essential" black and white edition with...See more
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Kurt R February 18, 2019 1:33 am UTC
I just received an email about this product, but without any link to it and upon searching the main page didn't find the title either.
Only searching for the company name and browsing through all of your offerings did I finally find it.

Kinda annoying.
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andrea S February 18, 2019 6:13 pm UTC
you are right, sorry. I put an hyperlink on the title of the game but for some reason when I sent the email the hyperlink did not work... I do not know what happened.
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