News for January 2010
Guidance for the Aspiring Ruler 18
The rules for Runewars are now available for download
Runewars | Published 08 January 2010

The leaders of Mennara are finally beginning to understand the true nature of the dragon runes, and across the realm, preparations for war are underway. Daqan blacksmiths fill the night with the sounds of hammer against anvil, and even the Elves are stirring in their remote woodland fortresses. Worse yet, in the scorched lands of Waiqar the Betrayer, it is said that the restless dead are rising from their graves...

War is at hand. Prepare yourself.

Runewars, FFG’s new board game of conquest, adventure, and fantasy empires, will start shipping to distributors late next week. To prepare for its arrival, you can now visit our support page and download the rule book (pdf, 20 mb).

And don’t forget the Runewars sneak peek event at the new Fantasy Flight Games Event Center! On January 14th, come get a first glimpse at both Runewars and FFG’s exciting new gaming space.

Runewars is an epic board game of conquest, adventure, and fantasy empires. Two to four players raise armies, gather resources, and race to collect the elusive and powerful dragon runes in the high-fantasy universe of Runebound.

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Published: 8/7/2011 6:46:57 PM

i am clicking and clicking again the PDF link... it does nothing. An URL is there but the page is blank. what am i doing wrong?

Published: 1/14/2010 11:22:08 AM

At first look after download I was like "Whoa - that's a really complicated one!".

But then it came out as the best written & explained rulebook from FFG I've ever read, absolutely crystal-clear.

Many times while reading I thought "Well yeah, but what if this or that happens?" and wrote this question down for a FAQ - and then the point got covered a paragraph or two later. And I don't mean obvious stuff only.

Of course I haven't played the game yet, so this opinion might change after some plays as difficulties pop up that aren't covered, but so far - this is a new standard I hope FFG will maintain in the future.

David Spangler
Published: 1/11/2010 1:10:22 PM

OK, we've read the rules.

We're all stoked! 

Now we want the gamein our FLGS or on our doorstep TODAY!  Right? 

So what's next?  Give us more!  Tell us about all the the rules for the expansions!  Have the expansions in our FLGS or on our doorsteps TOMORROW.

Come on, FFG, get the lead out and don't leave us dangling like this......

Published: 1/11/2010 5:07:43 AM

I'm impressed by combination of smooth gameplay and fantasy coverage. Ambitions to construct all-inclusive, world covering gaming experiences usually end up in endless procedures and bouts of tiresome bookkeeping, tallying units, point, tokens, cards and requiring many days and pizzas to play. My impression of this game is that is does have its bookkeeping moments, but most of the time it provides the players with the tension of being part of a great fantasy story, not as a pawn, but as a king (or cultural counterpart).

My personal preferences lead me away from any fantasy games sporting 'hexes' as a means to organize the gaming space (in my opinion, hexes reek of overused artillery), and though I know similar games that use other - more natural feeling- solutions to the question of how to develop a modular gaming area, it will not defer me from buying this game and invite, bribe, blackmail or kidnap a number of friends to play it.

A job well done,



Published: 1/11/2010 2:44:53 AM

ad Pilgrim.

The owner of my local store says he will have RW shippment at 20th of january.

Published: 1/10/2010 5:02:19 PM

Plastic minis and mountains are great. But the rest is too fiddly and complicated to be interesting for my gaming group. 7 different kind of decks?

Published: 1/10/2010 11:25:58 AM

I was able to download the pdf file on Camino (another Mozilla based browser like Firefox) on my Mac. If you are running windows you might need to update your adobe plugin. (Just visit Adobe they love to proselytize thier flash and pdf plugins)

Published: 1/10/2010 6:35:07 AM

they've even put an index on this one

Looks pretty impressive

Published: 1/10/2010 3:33:26 AM

It looks really amazing, can't wait to play the game to see how it all works together in it!

Published: 1/9/2010 1:11:09 PM

Follow up:

1. Given that the rules are out, any sense on how long typically the game itself is available in FFG's typical release schedule?

2. Best places to pre-order this game?  Cardhaus?

Published: 1/9/2010 1:07:31 PM

Rules are fantastic. Many critical strategic decisions, many levels of play (questing, heroes, resource management, diplomacy, warfare).  Reminded me of TI3 with victory points (runes), activation markers, hexagonal board construction, secret objectives.  The seasons are a fantastic element.  I was stoked for this game, but now it's even better than I had hoped.  When's the first expansion? . . . . .

Published: 1/8/2010 7:40:27 PM

Indeed good new, indeed! just a technial note however, the PDF would not download in my latest up to the minute updated and patched browser, firefox! had to boot up that other browser (IE somthing or another) to get it to work, however I now have the PDF and me and Foxit are having a blast reading I really want to give this one a try more than ever, gotta love those early rules releases!

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