Arcane Legions (2009)

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2009
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Best with 2 players
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10 and up
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60 minutes
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Description:
In the year 42BCE, a mysterious magical force was unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. The miasmic shockwave of pure otherworldly magic spread outward from a point somewhere in the middle east, and in a few short hours plunged the entire globe into chaos. In those terrible moments, human civilization changed forever.

Magic infused their very bones, manifested in their children, came unbidden to the fingertips of their women, and plagued their countryside in uncontrolled bursts of power. Ordinary beasts of the wilderness were turned by these bursts into fanciful creatures of legend. Entire tribes of humans from all corners of the world were altered by the flood of uncontrolled magic, changing before the very eyes of their friends and neighbors into elves, dwarves, orcs, trolls, centaurs, and even minotaurs. Creatures that normally existed between our reality and others were shunted into this one, leaving ghosts, faeries, and other magical creatures stranded in our world in ways they were never intended to be. Even remnants of the Old World, gods of the ancients and their ken, were awakened from their immortal slumber through this great cataclysm to trouble mankind once more.

The world had changed forever.

The year is now 37BCE and the middle-east sits at the center of a vast struggle to control humanity’s fate. Three powerful nations have harnessed the power unleashed by the day of chaos, and they struggle to claim dominance over the known world. Their arcane legions are now yours to control.

Gameplay:
If you ever wondered what happened to the guys from WizKids just take a look at this game and you will know what they have been doing with the downtime after WizKids closed their doors.

Players each field "bases" of variable sizes (Sortie/small and Formation/large) with individual figures inserted into starting positions on the base. The goal is to control victory point areas and inflict losses on the opponent. Movement and battle resolution are conducted through a unique formation management mechanic that allows players to move figures around on the unit bases to increase either movement/melee/ranged combat at the cost of losing capabilities in the other areas.

Currently wrapping up play-testing as of May 2009. Arcane Legions will be available in September of 2009. Initially, look for 3 different factions (Egyptians, Romans, and Han Dynasty).

Figures are highly detailed true 25mm made from PVC 105. Common figures are unpainted with colored tempo prints on banners and shields, while all the uncommon, rare and Commander figures (Booster Pack contents) are fully pre-painted. The game is designed to use both types. There are 9 different unpainted common figures for each faction and at least 20 different fully painted premium figures for each faction. If you buy a legion bundle of a faction you receive around 70 prepainted figures, whereas buying one of each army pack gets you about 54 unpainted figures.

With more than 110 figures, the Starter Pack includes small armies for all three factions and enough formation bases, sortie bases and base cards for a complete two player game. The Army Packs contain 40 common soldiers. The Cavalry Packs contain 15 mounted figures. The Booster Packs contain 5-10 (depending on the size) Leader / special figures and their associated base cards, plus five additional formation base cards for use with figures from the Army and Cavalry Packs.

All Arcane Legions products (with the exception of the Starter) can be purchased faction specific.

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Contents of Fixed Sets:

Basic Sets:

Arcane Legions miniatures are described as 25mm figures, but they are smaller than conventional 25mm pieces, closer to 20mm scale. Main factions are Roman (R), Han (H), and Egyptian (E). Also included in boosters are Mercenary (M) figures.

Two-Player Starter Set

  • 3x painted miniatures (1 per basic faction):
    • 1x Titus Petronius (1R12)
    • 1x Zhongli Quan (1H10)
    • 1x Amenhotep III (1E12)
  • 120x unpainted miniatures (40 per faction)
    • 40x miniatures from Roman Infantry Army Pack (see below)
    • 40x miniatures from Han Infantry Army Pack (see below)
    • 40x miniatures from Egyptian Infantry Army Pack (see below)
  • 10x formation bases (rectangular)
  • 3x sortie bases (square)
  • 12x formation unit cards
  • 3x sortie unit cards
  • 3x victory cards (one per faction)
  • 36x small dice (12x Red, 12x White, 12x Blue)
  • 1x turning movement tool
  • 1x rule book (contains fictional backstory)
  • 2x control area markers

Two-Player Demo Set

  • 3x painted miniatures (1 per basic faction):
    • 1x Titus Petronius (1R12)
    • 1x Zhongli Quan (1H10)
    • 1x Amenhotep III (1E12)
  • 11x painted miniatures:
    • 4x Minotaur Warrior (1R21)
    • 4x Kyudo Archer (1H24)
    • 1x Foo Lion (1H21)
    • 2x Necrotic Warrior (1E25)
  • 120x unpainted miniatures (40 per faction)
    • 40x miniatures from Roman Infantry Army Pack (see below)
    • 40x miniatures from Han Infantry Army Pack (see below)
    • 40x miniatures from Egyptian Infantry Army Pack (see below)
  • 8x formation bases (rectangular)
  • 2x sortie bases (square)
  • 12x formation unit cards
  • 3x sortie unit cards
  • 36x small dice (12x Red, 12x White, 12x Blue)
  • 1x turning movement tool
  • 1x demo rule book
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2 Arcane Legions Terrain
Official terrain images as well as a few new unofficial types I made using public domain artwork.
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2015-06-11
3 Ayuda de juego Arcane Legions en castellano
Resumen de las reglas para no tener que estar manoseando las reglas.
Spanish
2015-03-03
7 Special Abilities Table
Nice summary of special abilities found on all units (Aggressive, Brutal, etc.)
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2012-05-09
9 Arcane Legions - Corrected Movement
Diagrams covering the move common movement related questions. Covers what they call "Unusual Turns." Very helpful for creative movement!
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2012-05-09
5 Arcane Legions Post-Convention FAQ
A FAQ that was published after the initial release tournament of AL
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2012-03-16
5 Reglas en español
Las reglas oficiales en español
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2011-12-09
6 Single page quick reference sheet v1.0
A simple, plain quick reference sheet, covering the rules. This should be up to date with the official website FAQ. Note that this doesn't cover table set-up, it is designed to be a reference for normal play. If I have missed anything important, or anything is incorrect, please let me know in the comments
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2011-08-16
5 Habilidades En Español
Todas las habilidades traducidas al español, ante cualquier error favor de comunicarlo.
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2011-01-27
2 Expected damage table
This excel file contains average results from simulations of a straight up Arcane Legions roll with different attack and defense die. A chance to crit table is included on the second tab. I am planning on expanding simulations with specials in the future if there is interest. Enjoy.
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2009-10-29
26 Arcane Legions Cheat Sheet
Hi guys Please find attached a 'cheat sheet' I have made for me and my buddies to use when we are playing. It is made using slices from the rulebook, and own text etc... - to what i think is a fairly decent standard. This is a 'version 1.0' kinda thing - and if you like it please reply, feel free to make suggestions, pick it to pieces etc... Its there for us all to use :) Hope this helps... Dave
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2009-10-19
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