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Publishers: 1% Inspiration Games -- United States
Emithill -- United Kingdom
Flying Buffalo -- United States
Greysea -- United States
Nova Game Designs -- United States
Nutmeg Games -- United States
Categories: Complexity Level : Advanced (Full Game System)
Format : Paperback
Game System : Character Advancement
Game System : Combat
Game System : Inventory Management
Game System : Magic
Game System : Multiple Players Supported
Game System : Scores
Genre : Fantasy
Genre : Humor
Product Family : Lost Worlds
Target Age Group : Adults
Target Age Group : Teenagers
Writing Style : Visual
Translated Into: Lost Worlds (Japanese)

These visual combat books, a successor to Ace of Aces, each represent a fantasy warrior. The books are all compatible with one another, so any two fighters can face off; however, there is no guarantee that the fight will be fair, as some characters are much tougher than others. To play, two people each choose a character, taking the character sheet for that character and giving the corresponding books to their opponents. Each character sheet provides some basic statistics (height, body points and attacks) and lists all of the moves that a player's character may make. Each turn, the players choose their moves and call them out to each other. By cross-referencing these moves with their own in the books they are holding and then turning the page, players are then given a picture of their opponent's current position along with an indication of whether or not a wound has been scored and restrictions on the next turn’s moves. Wounds are subtracted from body points, and when a character runs out of body points, it is defeated. Experience points are awarded to the victor, and in campaign play, it is possible for characters to grow in strength over time.

Over the years, a variety of gimmicks have been added to make the game more interesting. Some characters can cast spells or perform other special actions represented by cards. The earliest cards were included with certain books or sold in separate packages. Later books even include randomly inserted collectible cards representing spells, equipment and special moves which may be used to even up battles between poorly matched opponents or simply spice up battles. Some of these cards were also sold in special packs. There were also some kits released which, with the help of molded plastic dungeon floors, allowed the combat books to be used with miniatures for tactical combat and role-playing.

The series was first published by Nova Game Designs, then by Chessex and finally by Greysea. Flying Buffalo, Nutmeg Games and 1% Inspiration Games also published some additional items under license. Emithill reproduced some of the early Nova releases for English audiences; these British editions look exactly like the American ones (Nova logo and all), but the cover graphics are slightly less sharp and the back cover features a white box near the middle containing the text "Printed under license by Emithill Ltd., Manchester, England."


1090. Lost Worlds Introductory Set


Be Your Own Lost Worlds Character
Gunslinger with Whip and Pistol
Mutant Hill Giant
1001. Man in Chainmail with Sword and Shield
1002. Skeleton with Scimitar and Shield
1003. Dwarf in Chainmail with Two-handed Ax
1004. Giant Goblin with Mace and Shield
1005. Woman in Scale with Sword and Shield
1006. Hill Troll with Club
1007. Barbarian with Two-handed Sword
1008. Fighter Mage with Magic Sword
1009. Wraith with Sickle
1010. Cold Drake
1011. Halfling with Sword and Shield
1012. Lizard Man with Scimitar and Buckler
1013. Man in Plate with Sword and Shield
1014. Man with Short Sword and Dagger
1015. Woman with Quarterstaff
1016. Winged Gargoyle with Scimitar
1301. Unicorn
1401. Samurai with Katana
1402. Ninja with Ninjato
1601. Manticore
3001. Runesword: Bith - Female Cleric
3002. Runesword: Cal - Warrior with Sword and Shield
3003. Runesword: Endril - Elfin Archer with Epee
3004. Runesword: Hathor - Troll with Axe
4001. Robin Hood
4002. Little John
5001. Arcanthus the Sage
5002. Daniel the Pirate
5004. Chester the Jester
5005. Thorgal the Wyrm Slayer
5006. Wyrm the Dragon
5007. Felina the Tiger Lady
5008. Dino Fight Series: Stegosaur
5009. Dino Fight Series: Pachycephalosaur
5010. Dino Fight Series: T-Rex
5011. Dino Fight Series: Triceratops
5012. Dino Fight Series: Pinacosaur
5013. Dino Fight Series: Allosaur
5014. Arafael the Angel
5015. Eilee the Sprite
5016. Zzz... Zombie
5017. Sylvestra the Wood Elf
5019. Horras Hob-Goblin
5020. Medusa
5021. Gildersleve the Dwarf
5022. Oowell the Ghoul
5024. Ursa Bugbear
5030. Lilli the Swashbuckler
6001. Design Your Own Character
8601. Tunnels and Trolls: Umslopagaas, the Scorpion Wizard
8602. Tunnels and Trolls: Flaming Cherry
8603. Tunnels and Trolls: Kharis, Royal Mummy
8604. Tunnels and Trolls: Chiron, Magical Centaur
8605. Tunnels and Trolls: Praxides, Female Gargoyle
8607. Tunnels and Trolls: Mac Aber, A Highland Warrior with Claymore
8609. Amara Wintersword, Female Barbarian with Axe
8610. Knights of the Dinner Table: Bob "Knuckles"
8611. Knights of the Dinner Table: Brian "Teflon Billy"
8612. Knights of the Dinner Table: Dave "El Ravager"
8613. Knights of the Dinner Table: Sara "Thorina"
8615. Mischa Redblur, Ultra Sorceress
8616. Meresin, Dwarf with Warhammer
8617. Zocchi, Magician with Dice Bag
60150. Othere, Djinn of Distinction
60151. Brimstone, the Fire Giant
60152. Sir Percival, Mounted Knight
60153. Cimeree, Elfin Maid

Play Aids

1101. Tome of Red Magic
1410. Ninja Tactic Cards
1411. Ninja Gimmicks Pack
8701. Fantasy Card Set A
8702. Fantasy Card Set B
8703. Fantasy Card Set C
8704. Fantasy Card Set D
8705. Fantasy Card Set E
8706. Fantasy Card Set F
9001. Fantasy Card Set 1: The Dragon's Cache
9002. Fantasy Card Set 2: The Mummy's Hoard

Role-Playing Materials

1102. Treasure Hoard of the Cold Drake
2001. In the Ruins of the Ancients
2002. The Dwarf and Goblin Wars
2006. The Ancient Scrolls of Danga'in
2007. The Death Ring of Khar-vasis
8801. The Curse of the Tarbella

Related Documents

Play Aid

Lost Worlds 1001 Character Sheet (front)

Lost Worlds 1001/1002 Character Sheet (back)

Lost Worlds 1002 Character Sheet (front)

Lost Worlds 1010 Character Sheet (back)

Lost Worlds 1010 Character Sheet (front)

Lost Worlds 3001 Cards (back)

Lost Worlds 3001 Cards (front)

Lost Worlds 3001 Character Sheet (back)

Lost Worlds 3001 Character Sheet (front)

Lost Worlds 3002 Cards (back)

Lost Worlds 3002 Cards (front)

Lost Worlds 3002 Character Sheet (back)

Lost Worlds 3002 Character Sheet (front)

Lost Worlds 5001 Character Sheet

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