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August 2008

August 30, 2008

Brief FAQ from Fantasy Flight Games

Fantasy Flight Games have posted a brief FAQ about the future of BattleLore. Excitingly, the ‘Hereoes’ expansion is planned for release this Fall. The FAQ is reproduced below:

Q. Will FFG release be a new edition of BattleLore?
A. Not for the time being. We intend to support the current game system and theme for quite some time.

Q. Is FFG planning to release the BattleLore expansions that DOW already had in the works?
A. Yes, we will be releasing the expansions which were already being manufactured by DOW. These are the Heroes expansion and For Troll and Country, which we hope to ship sometime this Fall.

Q. When will FFG be shipping existing BattleLore products to distributors and retailers?
A. The inventory is currently being transferred to our warehouses in U.S and Europe. Once it is settled there, we will resume supply to the marketplace. We expect this to take another 2-4 weeks.

Q. Which logo will be on BattleLore products in the future?
A. The existing inventory, although sold by FFG, will still carry the DOW logo. With an eventual reprint, this will be changed to the FFG logo.

Q. Will Richard Borg be involved in the development of new content?
A. Yes, we are very excited to be working with Richard on creating new content and products for BattleLore.

Q. When will FFG announce their future plans for BattleLore?
A. We intend to have more details on our support and release plans for BattleLore around the time of the Essen Game Fair (towards the end of October.) Around that time, please stay tuned to the FFG website for more information.

Q. What will become of BattleLore’s online presence?
A. We will be working on taking over as much online content from the DOW BattleLore site that we can. Unfortunately, we will not be able to execute a simple and quick port of the existing scenario editor and scenario database, as the software for this is understandably proprietary and integral to DOW site. We are working to come up with a good solution for this problem and we think that the fans will be happy once all is settled. Please note, however, that this will take time and that we appreciate your patience in this.

FFG will be unveiling our own BattleLore website sometime in September, to which content will be added on a regular basis.

August 22, 2008

BattleLore to be acquired by Fantasy Flight Games

Days of Wonder and Fantasy Flight Games announce
agreement on the BattleLore Board Game and Game System

FFG to acquire all rights, existing inventory and future development for fantasy game system.

Los Altos, CA; Roseville MN - August 21, 2008. Days of Wonder (DOW) and Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) today announced that they have reached a comprehensive agreement for FFG to acquire all worldwide rights to, and become the sole publisher of, the BattleLore game system. In addition to all copyrights, game artwork and the moulds to reproduce existing figures, FFG will also purchase all remaining unsold inventory for the original BattleLore game, its expansions and the recently announced Troll Map expansion. Transfer of the game is expected to be completed by the end of September 2008.

Richard Borg, BattleLore’s author, has also agreed to support and develop additional expansions for FFG. DOW retains all rights to its other Command and Colors title, Memoir ‘44, and will continue to publish and develop additional expansions this game, also created by Borg.

“BattleLore is as perfect a fit for FFG as could possibly exist in the marketplace,” said Christian T. Petersen, CEO and founder of FFG. “Needless to say we’re very excited and proud to include this power title and brand into FFG’s family of products. Previous to today, FFG had no fantasy ‘battlefield’ game, a void which we now can fill with this gorgeous industry leader. We plan to support this game vigorously. Even in the very first discussion with Eric and Richard about this deal, there was a flood of exciting ideas for how FFG can expand this game, serve its community, and move the brand of ‘BattleLore’ forward under the FFG banner.”

“With its strong resources and superb track record in developing fantasy titles, FFG is the perfect partner to take the BattleLore game system to the next level in gaming. As fans of the game ourselves, we are confident it will be in great hands”, said Days of Wonder CEO, Eric Hautemont. “This agreement now allows us to focus our resources on providing even more support for the other games in our portfolio as well as successfully launching yet-to-be-announced new games.”

“I am delighted with the opportunity to see BattleLore gain a second life at Fantasy Flight, and look forward to partnering with them as we continue to develop and expand the BattleLore system,” said BattleLore author, Richard Borg.

Further questions answered on this DOW forum post.

Hopefully BattleLoreMaster will continue to be here to support the BattleLore game system. Congratulations to Fantasy Flight Games on taking over the line, and let me take the opportunity to sincerely thank Eric and the team at Days of Wonder for their fantastic support of this site. They really are a dedicated, wonderful bunch of people.

PS: Even the Raven didn’t see this one coming!

August 10, 2008

New BattleLore expansion announced

Days of Wonder announced today the Operation Overlord and ‘Hedgerow Hell’ Overlord BattleMap expansions for Memoir ‘44; and the ‘Troll Map’ Epic Adventure expansion for the BattleLore game system. All three expansions will make their debut this week at the Gen Con gaming convention in Indianapolis.

This first release of the Epic Adventure Map series for BattleLore includes a large scale Epic map featuring two Epic Adventures—For Troll & Country and Troll Bridge. The paper map is 47 x 34 inches (120 x 87 cm) and comes ready to play with terrain, obstacles and unit positions pre-printed. Players can just place their BattleLore units and start their adventure. This volume also features the new Troll Creature figure, perfect to use with these or other adventures.

The BattleLore Troll Map Epic Adventure expansion is expected to be available worldwide in October. Suggested retail price for the Troll Map expansion is $18 and €16.

For the official page at DOW and pictures go here.

For the info on the Memoir ‘44 expansions go to

August 4, 2008

The BattleLore Lore Card Compendiums: August ‘08

Gerald Uitz, tireless BattleLore fan that he is, brings us the August update of the Lore Card Compendiums. English, French and German files have been updated.

As usual, head to the Guild Downloads section for the latest downloads.

August 1, 2008

The Siege of Juvage: Fan Fiction & Adventure

Siege of Juvage“A loud crash drowned the cries of the citizenry as another boulder hit the castle wall. The ground shook, and small pebbles from the ceiling gave off a glassy sound as they hit the marble floor. The aging scribe sat anxiously at his desk in the castle library. He was sweating heavily as he awaited Count Gervase. Some of the shelves had toppled over, and the floor was now littered with books and random debris from the broken decorations that had once adorned this elegant hall. Dawn had broken, and the small city of Juvage awoke to the sound of crashing boulders.”

It’s wonderful to see how some BattleLore fans have been inspired by the game to create their own game variants, adventures and background.

Jorge Molinari has not only created a great adventure with Deliver the Message, but he has written an excellent piece of fiction to accompany it, The Siege of Juvage.

This has all been put together into a PDF document you can download here (772 Kb). Read the story, then play the adventure for yourself!

Thanks Jorge for all the hard work you’ve put into this excellent contribution!