With all the changes going on in the websites, I am sure you all have been wondering what will be going on with Warlord in 2012. Here is the answer:
Basically starting March 1st, 2012 I will continue to support Warlord play and sales as a continued commitment to the community, but I have not renewed the license for PHOENIX Interactive to publish new Warlord brand product.
Anticipating this as one of the possible outcomes I printed a number of interesting promo cards with the recent printing (including additional Warlords). I will continue to work with the Player Design Team to come with official ways to play 4E and I will continue to provide prize support for events.
This means if you love the game, you will find ways to enjoy the game in 2012 and beyond!
Publishing Warlord for the past three years has been a rollercoaster ride of immense proportions. There was a chance with the new distribution scheme to make it work again. Due to a multitude of reasons the best case didn’t come to pass and now I don’t see a way to publish a niche game like Warlord professionally in today’s marketplace. The odds are stacked against it and Warlord has already been the odd child that survived 10 years where the average age of a TCG is closer to 2 years.
Of course one of the reasons for the continued success of this game has always been the great community and I would like to thank all of the movers and shakers who have stood by the game, motivated others to play and went beyond the call of duty to support the game.
During the 4E arc of the game, there once again were a host of motivated people who helped me out a lot.
Warlord 4th Edition would not have been possible without the Player Design Team, the Rules Team and the Playtest Team. Lead Designers Oliver Schaaf and Tommy Pistole did a huge amount of work, along with Richard Carter, Chris Dyer, Florian Hüpper, Jeremiah Uselton, and Chris Vaccaro as well as Jeremy Harris, Vann Lee, and Vic Polites. Thank you and the Playtest Team for all your help and time!
Most notably I’d like to thank Don Tsuchiyama as the self-styled “shipping thrall”. He was the one guy who has tried to keep track of who in North America should still be getting what cards when I was too overload with all the other tasks. Don - Warlord would have folded a lot earlier if it hadn’t been for you.
In Europe of course there was Manolis Trahiotis who despite his own serious troubles has been stalwart in support Warlord events, assisting every KoHIT and keeping Warlord alive in Greece. Manolis’ support was invaluable! Thank you, Manolis!
Lastly I would like to thank John Zinser for giving us as a community the opportunity to give Warlord a second life. John has been great and supportive all the way and has proven a true friend and fan of the game through the difficult process of devising and executing an exit strategy. Thank you John!