I’ve been a fan of movies and books on the Middle Ages and Fantasy for as long as I can remember. I watched movies like “Ivanhoe”, “The Knights of the Round Table” and “The Black Shield of Falworth” every Sunday morning. I played endlessly with plastic knights I bought at the Dime Store and devoured books by Howard and Moorcock.
Then, when I was 11, I discovered a certain roleplaying game with dragons and dungeons. I loved the miniatures just as much as the game. That’s when I first started painting miniatures and tinkering with rules.
Fast forward several decades and the release of Fistful of Lead. We started with the Hollywood Western, then moved to Horse & Musket, SciFi, Horror and the Post Apocalyptic world. Each new release added something that would eventually lead to these rules, my homage to Medieval Fantasy.
Our fantasy trilogy will be released by the end of Spring 2021. The three books are:
- Might & Melee (color .pdf $10, printed rulebook $20)
- Magic & Mages (color .pdf $10, printed rulebook $20)
- Monsters & Mazes (color .pdf $10, color printed rulebook $20)
For the cards ($20 each), we will have two styles for you to choose from:
- Brutal Fantasy, or
- Classic Fantasy. You'll agree both look absolutely amazing (see pic).
In addition to the .pdf's and printed rule books, we will offer our first hardback (8.5" x 11") This will be a glossy full-color hardback with all three books inside. 180 pages. Exclusive hardback edition with all three books, plus your choice of cards for $65.
They will be available for preorder very soon. Make sure you are signed up with Wiley Games for the latest updates.
Might & Melee - BOOK I
Might & Melee is a standalone book. Players familiar with Fistful of Lead will find the core mechanics the same. What we’ve added is flavor for the genre.
This rulebook can be used by itself for skirmishes between knightly retinues or barbarian warlords, but it is also the first book of three for using Fistful of Lead in a larger fantasy setting. The second book introduces magic, while the third brings in mythical monsters and the underground world they often inhabit.
We’re using the term Medieval in a broad sense. You should be able to use these rules for anything from a Viking Raid to a skirmish between Yorkists and Lancastrians. Covers Dark Ages, Middle Ages, and War of the Roses. You could also use these rules, with a few tweaks, for non-European combats like those between samurai.
Might & Melee doesn’t focus on huge battles. Instead we’re focusing on individuals. A knight could go his whole life and never see a battle, but he would see numerous skirmishes against robber knights, old enemies and bandits. Not to mention the occasional marauding dragon.
Fistful of Lead: Might & Melee IS NOT a faithful historical recreation of Medieval combat, but rather a Hollywood version of it.
IT IS a great way to spend a few hours with your friends playing knights.
So ready your blade, mount your trusty charger, and enjoy Fistful of Lead: Might & Melee!
Magic & Mages - BOOK II
This is not a standalone set of rules. You’ll need the first book, Might and Melee, or at the very least the Fistful of Lead Core rules. You can use this book to introduce magic into other genres if you choose.
You can call them Magic Users, Wizards, Sorcerers, Warlocks or Witches, but we’re going to use the term “Spellcaster” to cover them all. A spellcasting miniature can be added to your Retinue just as any other miniature. They can be your Leader, a Sergeant or Regulars. Rabble cannot be Spellcasters.
There are 3 Mastery levels of Magic User corresponding to Leader, Sergeant (Second/Specialist if using other rules sets) and Regular:
In order to use magic, your Retinue member must have the Spellcaster trait.
Spellcaster (New trait): This character has the ability to use magic.
Monsters & Mazes -
Includes a catalog of creatures, introduces new classes and rules for the classic dungeon crawl.