Horde Wars Basic

Horde Wars is a fast paced Medieval Fantasy D12 RPG.  Horde Wars Basic includes the first four levels of play and over 100 Beasts, Monsters and NPCs to battle.  Character creation rules, a starting adventure, sample town, and treasure generation tables are included.  There are also seven pre-generated Characters.

Release date - 08/14/2023

Author(s) - Blackwall Games

Category(s) - Core Rules, Fantasy Adventure

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  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by Brown Wizard Winston

    I wrote a review about this on my blog, but to sum it up:

    *It’s quick to get to the table.
    – The rules are a quick read AND easy to understand.
    – Pre made adventures as well as characters.
    *Character options.
    – Lots of combinations, a style for everyone.
    *Combat is engaging and tense.
    *Actually preparing for an adventure feels necessary, which is fun.
    *Very affordable!

    I very much recommend this!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by Patrick Demo

    Horde Wars: Basic wonderfully lives up to its name. It’s basic; it knows what it is, what it does, and it does it well. It also does not hand-hold the reader. It assumes the reader knows what a roleplaying game is, and dives right into the rules. There’s no “what is a roleplaying game?” chapter, and no introduction to a world. Even better, there is no political, social, or philosophical pontification about how to play, who to play with, or other such unsolicited admonishment.

    The system itself is a solid breath of fresh air, as the use of a D12 instead of a D20 makes ability checks for more reliable and predictable. Combat is streamlined and very swift. Horde Wars introduces another mechanic in combat that I haven’t seen in any other RPGs I’ve played; actions outside for your turn (called “maneuvers” in game). Maneuvers are not as cumbersome as one might think, and it does solve the problem of players having nothing to do in between turns. Everyone has to pay attention. Players also enjoy, right from level 1, the feeling of being “big damn heroes.” The class system has each player delightfully combining TWO classes to make a unique class, and there are enough core classes for MANY interesting combinations. Even playing a “wizard” at level 1, I had abilities that made me feel powerful, rather than other games where characters feel in danger of dying at every single combat from a bad die roll. This isn’t to say that there is no danger in the game. I can be plenty deadly. It does, however, feel like even beginning heroes can accomplish a great deal, or exhibit some very impressive powers.

    This book has a full bestiary, magic item, and treasure tables galore. It contains everything for a full experience of the game. Unlike other basic sets that give you a small “taste” or “tease” of these things, Horde Wars: Basic gives you a full plate to consume. This game is PACKED with content, and it’s a paltry $5 to purchase…considering a meal at a restaurant runs twice that, you’re getting a top-notch value for your dollar.

    I can’t wait to see what Horde Wars: Advanced has to offer!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by cpeterson5544

    Horde wars is a much faster paced and much more simple game to learn compared to other D20 RPG’s. Yet it’s a very deep and engaging game. You don’t have to spend hours upon hours making a character, you pick a race and 2 classes and then your done essentially. The best part is seeing which combinations work the best together or what is just more fun.
    The D12 system makes things faster and ups the ante. Combat flows easily, especially with hordes of enemies. Then when it is time to loot, things get fun! The treasure table makes it addicting and exciting for rolling loot.
    Lastly the world this takes place in is fascinating and mirrors real history and mythology but in a high fantasy twist. Imagine medieval Europe but with dinosaurs and monsters. Then you have your civilized races like Orcs, which are like the classic Vikings. It is fun when you meet a race and think “Hmm what historical nation or tribe do these remind me of?”
    In conclusion, for $5 you can’t go wrong. As someone who got to play test it, be on the lookout for the Advanced version in the future as it adds even more!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by brandoneadie1987

    Played this for many hours, and I’ve enjoyed the time I had with the group I made along the way.

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by hunterhuse

    Really fun game made by a really cool creator! Got to be a part of a one-shot for this game and I absolutely enjoyed playing the Orc Crusader that I made for it! I definitely look forward to running Horde War games and being a part of many more as well!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by kjs_1989

    There is very little to disparage this new system – the rules are clear and simple to follow, and the ease with which new characters can be created and ready to play is a major point in Horde Wars’s favor.
    Combat is fluid and easy to follow, with only small numbers to add to die rolls instead of lengthy arithmetic equations to determine outcomes. Bringing large encounters against hordes of foes tidily into a short session without bogging down the pacing at all.
    Choosing two careers to build your character instead of having to settle for a single class makes for a wide range of possible ways to play that gain greater uniqueness as you level up your characters and acquire features and equipment. I’ve spent a great deal of time having fun with the character creation system just to see the starting possibilities!

    All of the information needed for each career fits onto a single page, so you aren’t scouring across chapters within a monstrous tome to find everything you need to get started; a very much appreciated change in layout and editing when compared to other contemporary TTRPGs that reminds me of older D&D rules from the years of 1st and 2nd editions.

    Every player character is clearly a cut above their NPC counterparts, but in combat NPCs are more than capable of defeating an overconfident player. Outside of combat, a crafty GM can clearly depict what sort of advantages and disadvantages are present in an environment to its participants – environments that PCs and NPCs can utilize to keep the encounters interesting and provide something unexpected and fun for all players involved.

    I am looking forward to seeing what the advanced rules will bring to the table and eagerly await every session I have the chance to attend!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by shekaka67

    I plan to write a more in-depth review at some point ,but let me say this game is fantastic. it has captured the old school feels with more modern mechanics. The combat is intense and can be deadly. You get some character building oppportunities ,but not as much as 3rd ed DnD which isa huge plus. I’ve played this gamne with the authors a few times and ust say it is excellent.

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by josephaguzek

    Fast pace combat and enjoyable table top, money well spent.

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by btjames

    I have tried this game several times this year and love it. I like that combat moves at a fast pace. The career pairings give a good mix of character combinations. Stat blocks for creatures are practical and easy to parse. I look forward to Horde Wars Advanced!

  • 1  Stars
    Reviewed by GeorgeJeston

    I cannot recommend purchasing anything from them. Todd spent time telling me I was wrong about my religious beliefs. I rebuffed him and told him I believed differently and to respect it. He ends up removing from his Guilded server without saying anything then blocks me on Twitter. I bought this to support him and his partner, but if this is how you treat friends I hate to see how he treats his enemies.

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  • 1  Stars
    Reviewed by GeorgeJeston

    I cannot recommend purchasing anything from them. Todd spent time telling me I was wrong about my religious beliefs. I rebuffed him and told him I believed differently and to respect it. He ends up removing from his Guilded server without saying anything then blocks me on Twitter. I bought this to support him and his partner, but if this is how you treat friends I hate to see how he treats his enemies.

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by cpeterson5544

    Horde wars is a much faster paced and much more simple game to learn compared to other D20 RPG’s. Yet it’s a very deep and engaging game. You don’t have to spend hours upon hours making a character, you pick a race and 2 classes and then your done essentially. The best part is seeing which combinations work the best together or what is just more fun.
    The D12 system makes things faster and ups the ante. Combat flows easily, especially with hordes of enemies. Then when it is time to loot, things get fun! The treasure table makes it addicting and exciting for rolling loot.
    Lastly the world this takes place in is fascinating and mirrors real history and mythology but in a high fantasy twist. Imagine medieval Europe but with dinosaurs and monsters. Then you have your civilized races like Orcs, which are like the classic Vikings. It is fun when you meet a race and think “Hmm what historical nation or tribe do these remind me of?”
    In conclusion, for $5 you can’t go wrong. As someone who got to play test it, be on the lookout for the Advanced version in the future as it adds even more!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by Brown Wizard Winston

    I wrote a review about this on my blog, but to sum it up:

    *It’s quick to get to the table.
    – The rules are a quick read AND easy to understand.
    – Pre made adventures as well as characters.
    *Character options.
    – Lots of combinations, a style for everyone.
    *Combat is engaging and tense.
    *Actually preparing for an adventure feels necessary, which is fun.
    *Very affordable!

    I very much recommend this!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by brandoneadie1987

    Played this for many hours, and I’ve enjoyed the time I had with the group I made along the way.

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by hunterhuse

    Really fun game made by a really cool creator! Got to be a part of a one-shot for this game and I absolutely enjoyed playing the Orc Crusader that I made for it! I definitely look forward to running Horde War games and being a part of many more as well!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by kjs_1989

    There is very little to disparage this new system – the rules are clear and simple to follow, and the ease with which new characters can be created and ready to play is a major point in Horde Wars’s favor.
    Combat is fluid and easy to follow, with only small numbers to add to die rolls instead of lengthy arithmetic equations to determine outcomes. Bringing large encounters against hordes of foes tidily into a short session without bogging down the pacing at all.
    Choosing two careers to build your character instead of having to settle for a single class makes for a wide range of possible ways to play that gain greater uniqueness as you level up your characters and acquire features and equipment. I’ve spent a great deal of time having fun with the character creation system just to see the starting possibilities!

    All of the information needed for each career fits onto a single page, so you aren’t scouring across chapters within a monstrous tome to find everything you need to get started; a very much appreciated change in layout and editing when compared to other contemporary TTRPGs that reminds me of older D&D rules from the years of 1st and 2nd editions.

    Every player character is clearly a cut above their NPC counterparts, but in combat NPCs are more than capable of defeating an overconfident player. Outside of combat, a crafty GM can clearly depict what sort of advantages and disadvantages are present in an environment to its participants – environments that PCs and NPCs can utilize to keep the encounters interesting and provide something unexpected and fun for all players involved.

    I am looking forward to seeing what the advanced rules will bring to the table and eagerly await every session I have the chance to attend!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by Patrick Demo

    Horde Wars: Basic wonderfully lives up to its name. It’s basic; it knows what it is, what it does, and it does it well. It also does not hand-hold the reader. It assumes the reader knows what a roleplaying game is, and dives right into the rules. There’s no “what is a roleplaying game?” chapter, and no introduction to a world. Even better, there is no political, social, or philosophical pontification about how to play, who to play with, or other such unsolicited admonishment.

    The system itself is a solid breath of fresh air, as the use of a D12 instead of a D20 makes ability checks for more reliable and predictable. Combat is streamlined and very swift. Horde Wars introduces another mechanic in combat that I haven’t seen in any other RPGs I’ve played; actions outside for your turn (called “maneuvers” in game). Maneuvers are not as cumbersome as one might think, and it does solve the problem of players having nothing to do in between turns. Everyone has to pay attention. Players also enjoy, right from level 1, the feeling of being “big damn heroes.” The class system has each player delightfully combining TWO classes to make a unique class, and there are enough core classes for MANY interesting combinations. Even playing a “wizard” at level 1, I had abilities that made me feel powerful, rather than other games where characters feel in danger of dying at every single combat from a bad die roll. This isn’t to say that there is no danger in the game. I can be plenty deadly. It does, however, feel like even beginning heroes can accomplish a great deal, or exhibit some very impressive powers.

    This book has a full bestiary, magic item, and treasure tables galore. It contains everything for a full experience of the game. Unlike other basic sets that give you a small “taste” or “tease” of these things, Horde Wars: Basic gives you a full plate to consume. This game is PACKED with content, and it’s a paltry $5 to purchase…considering a meal at a restaurant runs twice that, you’re getting a top-notch value for your dollar.

    I can’t wait to see what Horde Wars: Advanced has to offer!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by shekaka67

    I plan to write a more in-depth review at some point ,but let me say this game is fantastic. it has captured the old school feels with more modern mechanics. The combat is intense and can be deadly. You get some character building oppportunities ,but not as much as 3rd ed DnD which isa huge plus. I’ve played this gamne with the authors a few times and ust say it is excellent.

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by btjames

    I have tried this game several times this year and love it. I like that combat moves at a fast pace. The career pairings give a good mix of character combinations. Stat blocks for creatures are practical and easy to parse. I look forward to Horde Wars Advanced!

  • 5  Stars
    Reviewed by josephaguzek

    Fast pace combat and enjoyable table top, money well spent.

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    10 reviews for Horde Wars Basic

    1. 5  Stars
      Reviewed by josephaguzek

      Fast pace combat and enjoyable table top, money well spent.

    2. 5  Stars
      Reviewed by btjames

      I have tried this game several times this year and love it. I like that combat moves at a fast pace. The career pairings give a good mix of character combinations. Stat blocks for creatures are practical and easy to parse. I look forward to Horde Wars Advanced!

    3. 5  Stars
      Reviewed by shekaka67

      I plan to write a more in-depth review at some point ,but let me say this game is fantastic. it has captured the old school feels with more modern mechanics. The combat is intense and can be deadly. You get some character building oppportunities ,but not as much as 3rd ed DnD which isa huge plus. I’ve played this gamne with the authors a few times and ust say it is excellent.

    4. 5  Stars
      Reviewed by Patrick Demo

      Horde Wars: Basic wonderfully lives up to its name. It’s basic; it knows what it is, what it does, and it does it well. It also does not hand-hold the reader. It assumes the reader knows what a roleplaying game is, and dives right into the rules. There’s no “what is a roleplaying game?” chapter, and no introduction to a world. Even better, there is no political, social, or philosophical pontification about how to play, who to play with, or other such unsolicited admonishment.

      The system itself is a solid breath of fresh air, as the use of a D12 instead of a D20 makes ability checks for more reliable and predictable. Combat is streamlined and very swift. Horde Wars introduces another mechanic in combat that I haven’t seen in any other RPGs I’ve played; actions outside for your turn (called “maneuvers” in game). Maneuvers are not as cumbersome as one might think, and it does solve the problem of players having nothing to do in between turns. Everyone has to pay attention. Players also enjoy, right from level 1, the feeling of being “big damn heroes.” The class system has each player delightfully combining TWO classes to make a unique class, and there are enough core classes for MANY interesting combinations. Even playing a “wizard” at level 1, I had abilities that made me feel powerful, rather than other games where characters feel in danger of dying at every single combat from a bad die roll. This isn’t to say that there is no danger in the game. I can be plenty deadly. It does, however, feel like even beginning heroes can accomplish a great deal, or exhibit some very impressive powers.

      This book has a full bestiary, magic item, and treasure tables galore. It contains everything for a full experience of the game. Unlike other basic sets that give you a small “taste” or “tease” of these things, Horde Wars: Basic gives you a full plate to consume. This game is PACKED with content, and it’s a paltry $5 to purchase…considering a meal at a restaurant runs twice that, you’re getting a top-notch value for your dollar.

      I can’t wait to see what Horde Wars: Advanced has to offer!

    5. 5  Stars
      Reviewed by kjs_1989

      There is very little to disparage this new system – the rules are clear and simple to follow, and the ease with which new characters can be created and ready to play is a major point in Horde Wars’s favor.
      Combat is fluid and easy to follow, with only small numbers to add to die rolls instead of lengthy arithmetic equations to determine outcomes. Bringing large encounters against hordes of foes tidily into a short session without bogging down the pacing at all.
      Choosing two careers to build your character instead of having to settle for a single class makes for a wide range of possible ways to play that gain greater uniqueness as you level up your characters and acquire features and equipment. I’ve spent a great deal of time having fun with the character creation system just to see the starting possibilities!

      All of the information needed for each career fits onto a single page, so you aren’t scouring across chapters within a monstrous tome to find everything you need to get started; a very much appreciated change in layout and editing when compared to other contemporary TTRPGs that reminds me of older D&D rules from the years of 1st and 2nd editions.

      Every player character is clearly a cut above their NPC counterparts, but in combat NPCs are more than capable of defeating an overconfident player. Outside of combat, a crafty GM can clearly depict what sort of advantages and disadvantages are present in an environment to its participants – environments that PCs and NPCs can utilize to keep the encounters interesting and provide something unexpected and fun for all players involved.

      I am looking forward to seeing what the advanced rules will bring to the table and eagerly await every session I have the chance to attend!

    6. 5  Stars
      Reviewed by hunterhuse

      Really fun game made by a really cool creator! Got to be a part of a one-shot for this game and I absolutely enjoyed playing the Orc Crusader that I made for it! I definitely look forward to running Horde War games and being a part of many more as well!

    7. 5  Stars
      Reviewed by brandoneadie1987

      Played this for many hours, and I’ve enjoyed the time I had with the group I made along the way.

    8. 5  Stars
      Reviewed by Brown Wizard Winston

      I wrote a review about this on my blog, but to sum it up:

      *It’s quick to get to the table.
      – The rules are a quick read AND easy to understand.
      – Pre made adventures as well as characters.
      *Character options.
      – Lots of combinations, a style for everyone.
      *Combat is engaging and tense.
      *Actually preparing for an adventure feels necessary, which is fun.
      *Very affordable!

      I very much recommend this!

    9. 5  Stars
      Reviewed by cpeterson5544

      Horde wars is a much faster paced and much more simple game to learn compared to other D20 RPG’s. Yet it’s a very deep and engaging game. You don’t have to spend hours upon hours making a character, you pick a race and 2 classes and then your done essentially. The best part is seeing which combinations work the best together or what is just more fun.
      The D12 system makes things faster and ups the ante. Combat flows easily, especially with hordes of enemies. Then when it is time to loot, things get fun! The treasure table makes it addicting and exciting for rolling loot.
      Lastly the world this takes place in is fascinating and mirrors real history and mythology but in a high fantasy twist. Imagine medieval Europe but with dinosaurs and monsters. Then you have your civilized races like Orcs, which are like the classic Vikings. It is fun when you meet a race and think “Hmm what historical nation or tribe do these remind me of?”
      In conclusion, for $5 you can’t go wrong. As someone who got to play test it, be on the lookout for the Advanced version in the future as it adds even more!

    10. 1  Stars
      Reviewed by GeorgeJeston

      I cannot recommend purchasing anything from them. Todd spent time telling me I was wrong about my religious beliefs. I rebuffed him and told him I believed differently and to respect it. He ends up removing from his Guilded server without saying anything then blocks me on Twitter. I bought this to support him and his partner, but if this is how you treat friends I hate to see how he treats his enemies.

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