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Worlds Within Worlds – Part Two: Magic Warfare

Worlds Within Worlds – Part Two: Magic Warfare 

Fallout taught fans that war…war never changes. Military historians, however, argue otherwise. Case in point: the stirrup. Before firearms dominated the battlefield, it’s generally agreed that the stirrup was the most important innovation in warfare for a couple centuries. Fans of the Rohirrim will recognize why: cavalry is fast and maneuverable, and the stirrup allows […]

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Sieges and Siegecraft, Part Two: Defenders

Sieges and Siegecraft, Part Two: Defenders 

Shore up the defences, man the walls and get those supplies inside! Last time, we looked at siegecraft from the attackers’ side; this time, we’re on the defensive. There are a number of reasons why someone would choose to defend a specific location: to protect property or the lives of inhabitants; to secure a strategic […]

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Sieges and Siegecraft, Part One: Attackers

Sieges and Siegecraft, Part One: Attackers 

Throughout the bloody pages of innumerable fantasy books there are countless examples of the siege in fiction. From epic wars that last for years to brutal assaults that are swift and decisive, sieges are a classic element in many stories. They can provide some of the most dramatic and memorable events of the book, opening […]

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Writing Fantasy Battles – A Look At Strategy

Writing Fantasy Battles – A Look At Strategy 

You’ve seen the blood spray through the air, you’ve felt the crash judder through your arm as the enemy hits your lines, but have you ever thought about the big picture? Have you ever thought about the mechanics of a battle, the interplay of different units that determines the outcome, whether the cavalry should ride […]

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Tactical vs. Tactile: Writing Fantasy Battles

Tactical vs. Tactile: Writing Fantasy Battles 

Like many people who read fantasy novels, one of the reasons I love the genre is because it contains epic battles with vast armies fighting it out. Whether it’s more realistic with waves of knights crashing into enemy lines, or more fantastical like a ragged group of elves fending off hordes of undead, the grand […]

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