This CCG actually plays like the computer game with the same name. You start with your castle and a hero and from there you play armies, castles and ruins. The armies go forth upon the play of march cards and try to take over other castles. Castles give you gold to spend. Heroes can also search ruins for gold or cool stuff.
Different scenarios have different winning conditions such as most gold or control of over half the castles.
Artwork is OK and it is fairly easy to collect as it can be found fairly cheap.
Regarding the publisher, Strategic Studies Group is an Australian company that is in no way connected to the other SSG (who published wargames such as Alaric). Warlords is the only game published, to date, by Strategic Studies Group.