In the '70s and early 80's I was an active designer of Diplomacy variants and boardgames, as well as a writer of magazine articles. At various times, if memory serves, I was a contributing editor to White Dwarf, The Space Gamer, and The Dragon.
By the time Britannia was published I was getting into computers. I thought boardgames were dying, killed by role-playing on one side and by computer games on the other. And I was left with quite a few games that I regard as as good as Britannia or DragonRage. But boardgames were "dead", so I only played D&D for many years, along with a few computer games, and no board games. And of course Avalon Hill finally did die, as did most of the game publishers from that time. But boardgames have certainly shown a revival, though I'm not personally interested in "German" games--I want to play something that is at least a representation of some reality, not a theme imposed on what is largely an abstraction. "Realism", even in a fantasy or SF game, counts for something. I got back into boardgames in 2003. --L. Pulsipher
FantasyFlightGames published this in December 2005 (eastern and central Europe), February 2006 (rest of world). Reprinted November 2008 along with international edition in four languages (German, French, Spanish, Hungarian).
As I only obtained a copy of the German edition (at considerable expense!) a couple years ago, I'm going to put a few photos here. The thumbnails below are small, the photos you get by clicking on the thumbnails are about 1.5 MB each:
This game has been reissued, with an additional map and scenarios, by Flatlined Games in Belgium. When I have a link to let you order, I'll add it here.
Following is from the 1982 version:
"A nervous sentry spies the twin specks in the sky. Soon he can make out the huge leathery wings and long necks.
'The Dragons! The Dragons have come!'
The great warhorn frantically calls across the city. Knights mount their horses, as archers rush to the walls. Many years has the city stood at the forest edge, withstanding the attacks of trolls, goblins, and sea serpents, but now will come the greatest test--for now is the hour of Dragon Rage..."
"Dragon Rage is a game of mythical creatures attacking a walled medieval city. The game-board is a full color aerial view of the city and surrounding territory, and the counters include knights, infantry, heroes, wizards, dragons, orcs, trolls, great birds, giants, and other mythical creatures and beasts. The game rules include six scenarios, and a table for creating your own games with different combinations of monsters and city defense forces."
"Dragon Rage contains-- A 12" by 14" full color map playing board, 154 full color counters, two dice, and a complete rules booklet with 6 scenarios.
Play Level-- Introductory/Intermediate. Ages 12 and older."
Copyright 1982 Dragonstar games, a division of Heritage USA.
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(Dr. Pulsipher's games: top row U.S. edition of Britannia (1987), Valley of the Four Winds (1980), German edition of Britannia (1991), U.S. revised edition of Britannia (2006), bottom row, British edition of Britannia (1986) book Hobby Games the 100 Best (Britannia is one of the 100, Dr. P also wrote an article in the book), Dragon Rage (1982), Swords & Wizardry (1980). Diplomacy Games & Variants and other foreign editions of Britannia not shown.)
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