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Elric
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Elric: Battle at the End of Time
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Based on Michael Moorcock's Elric series, this wargame attempts to bring the various nuances of the novels together. War, politics, magic, and the balance between Chaos and Law are all simulated.

While armies, as in most wargames, are essential, individual characters also play a vital role. Magic is also important as spell casting affects the cosmic balance between Chaos and Law.

There are 6 scenarios provided for 1 to 4 players plus an encouragement to create your own.

All in all a very faithful rendition of the books.

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Magazine References:

Campaign Article Index:

  • Number 84, March-April 1978

Dragon (Issue 68 - Dec 1982)

Heroes (Volume 1, Number 2)

The Space Gamer (Issue 32 - Oct 1980)

  • "Capsule Reviews" "The rule book is nearly indecipherable... [but the game] accurately simulates... Elric's world" (Chaosium 1st edition review), Patrick Amory

White Dwarf (Issue 6 - Apr 1978)

  • "Open Box" "Elric is a credit to its designer, publisher and original begetter" (Chaosium 1st edition review), Gary Porter

Wyrms Footnotes (Issue 4)

  • "Elric Variants" (Elric playtester's variants, many of which were incorporated into the 2nd edition rules), Art Turney

Wyrms Footnotes (Issue 5)

  • "Melnibonean Battalia Sheet" (Additional battalia sheet not included in 1st edition), artist: Steve Oliff
  • "Elric! Notes and Additions" (rules Q & A and variants), Greg Stafford and Contributors

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The Playboy Winner's Guide to Board Games (formerly A Player's Guide to Table Games)

  • "The rules to Elric are a mess--full of grammatical and typographical atrocities, misspellings, nonwords, and confusing nonsentences. While any number can play, the random, Cheshire Cat behavior of Elric (the character) minimizes any exercise of skill and helps limit the audience of Elric (the game) to people hopelessly addicted to Moorcock's brand of sword-and-sorcery." (Chaosium 1st edition review) Jon Freeman

What is Dungeons and Dragons?

  • "Elric's main strengths lie in the Battalia sheets, which are used to hold armies, thus stopping them from cluttering up the mapboard... The problem is that of most 'games of the book': namely that the simulation is at times shaky... Artwork is curious in the rulebook, adequate on the one-inch counters, good on the Battalia sheets, and, as usual from the Chaosium, excellent on the mapboard." (Chaosium 1st edition review) John Butterfield, Philip Parker, David Honigmann

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Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: William Church, Kenn Nishiuye, Steve Oliff, V. M. Wymanmore»
Year: 1984
Product Code: 850
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Artist: William Church, Steve Leialoha, Steve Oliff
Year: 1981
Product Code: 1003-X
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Publisher: Chaosium
Artist: William Church, Steve Leialoha, Steve Oliff
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11 Unofficial Revised ELRIC Rule Book
Here is the completely rewritten, unofficial, revised rule book for the Avalon Hill edition and Chaosium 2nd edition copies of the ELRIC board game. I edited together my previous FAQ and errata documents with the game rules, preserving the Avalon Hill numbering scheme and completely rewriting much of the book. This also incorporates official unit descriptions and scenarios published later by Avalon Hill. I also created new rules where needed (the original rule book states there are four different types of playing counters but there are actually six different types) and changed the rules in a few, rare instances for logic, clarity or game balance (these changes are marked by an asterisk *). At the end of the document is my history of the game cobbled together from many different...
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4 The Dreaming City - fan-made solitaire scenario v1.0
This is a solitaire scenario based on the story "The Dreaming City" by Michael Moorcock.
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5 3.1 FAQ made easier to read in PDF
I converted the v3.1 FAQ to PDF to make it easier to read from a laptop (even if that's not necessarily true for a mobile device) and thought this might be useful for others as well.
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8 Complete Elric Errata for Avalon Hill & Chaosium
Complete errata file for the Avalon Hill and Chaosium Boxed Set versions of the game. Ambiguous rules are clarified, errors are corrected and missing rules are restored. Optional rules are included to improve or balance gameplay. Thanks to Andrew Merritt, Gary J. Robinson and Jeffrey Seiken for some options and errata I've included in this document. Thanks also to Greg Stafford and Charlie Krank for designing the game in the first place. Please feel free to contact me if you have any feedback.
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7 Elric Avalon Hill FAQ v. 3.1
NEW Elric Avalon Hill FAQ v. 3.1 Changes since 3.0: Made one major change to the text (answer to 10.31) after realizing that the SEARCH rules as written in the rules don't work for every case. Also rewrote a few sentences for clarity or brevity.
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