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Greetings Warlords!

January 2, 2009 Leave a comment

A classic is a book that doesn’t have to be written again.W. E. B. Du Bois


Sometimes a true classic does not have to be re-written in the sense that the features and content change but sometimes a true classic does need to be updated to run on newer hardware and refreshed operating systems.


A true classic that I recently re-discovered is the multi-player game called Warlords.  



I first got a copy of Warlords II over 15 years ago.  I was instantly addicted.  It could be compared to Risk as it has a turn by turn approach ad you gain new armies at the beginning of each round.  It has a fantasy / role-playing feel which is very appealing to those of us who played a bit of D&D in our youth.  My brother in law and I spent many long nights playing Warlords II and then Warlords II deluxe.  To this day I am not sure what deluxe brought to the table… 


Last week I discovered on my shelf Warlords III which I had not played before.  I found it in a bin at some electronic store and had not even installed it.  Getting it to run on XP and Vista took a while as I had to download a patch and then discover a command line switch to make it use more generic icons (otherwise it froze).



Once again my brother in law and I were enchanted and were soon battling the 6 other computer players and then each other until only one Hero was standing.  I have not played a game until 6:30am for quite some time.  I was glad to see that I still could keep up with the best of them.  I am not so sure I will share the details of the next day however.  Let’s just say that I required several cups of coffee to keep moving.


Since playing Warlords again I did some research on the web and see that V4 and V5 are in the mix.  There is a Nintendo DS version that came out last year and looks fully featured.  I found a hybrid version of the game for XBox Live called Puzzle Quest that is roughly based in the same world as Warlords and you have quests and a map to play on but the battle sequences and the way to progress through the game are more like playing bejeweled.  It was only 800 points so I downloaded it. 



Choosing weapons and deciding which potions to buy and which villages to raze has me thinking that it is time I seek out Fable II and play a real game.  Classic games are okay, but I may need something a bit more modern now that I have the bug again.



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