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This is the first in a series of reference books aimed at the recreationist. In these pages are the battles fought by Yamun Khahan, Batu Min Ho, and all the others caught up in the sweeping Horde campaigns. The strategies and disposition of the forces are set forth in plain terms.

BattleSystem rules statistics allow for the complete recreation of each battle fought in this massive campaign. Ten interior maps delineate the terrain and forces involved in each major confrontation.

With this book you, too, can fight from the edges of far eastern Kara-Tur across the steppes into the heartlands of Faerun. Whether you wish to replay the wars in precise detail, or try your own strategies, this is the book that will help you achieve your goal.

Product History

FR12: "Horde Campaign" (1991), by Curtis M. Scott, is the twelfth book in the "FR" series of sourcebooks for the Forgotten Realms. It was released in October 1990.

Continuing the "FR" Sourcebooks. Prior to the release of "Horde Campaign", the "FR" series (1987-1993) had been dominated by geography supplements with the occasional digression into a crunchier book like FR4: "The Magister" (1988) or FR7: "Hall of Heroes" (1989). "Horde Campaign" was something totally different — not only for the "FR" series, but also for TSR specifically and for the roleplaying industry generally. It's essentially a military history book of the sort made popular by Osprey Publishing (1969-Present), but for the world of the Forgotten Realms.

"Horde Campaign" is full of in-character material that could be found within the world of the Realms — an idea that TSR had also toyed with in a few of its "GAZ" books (1987-1991) and in the short stories included in its Dark Sun (1991-1996) books. The idea of in-character source material would appear in the wider roleplaying world with books like Chaosium's King of Sartar (1992) and White Wolf's The Book of Nod (1994).

"Horde Campaign" contains not only details and maps of the battles of the Horde, but also 16 full color pages depicting the equipments and clothing of the peoples involved in the war (just like the Osprey books did).

Continuing the Horde Event. The "Horde Campaign" is also the last major element of TSR's Empires event, which had included a trilogy of novels (1990) the three "FRA" adventures (1990), and The Horde Barbarian Campaign Setting box (1990). The novels had detailed the assault of the Mongol-like horde on other lands, but the adventures had only touched on that peripherally, instead focusing on a smaller storyline influenced by the Empires event. As a result, the full Empires event hadn't yet been detailed in any actual gaming bookk. Though it trailed the rest of the Empires book by half-a-year, the "Horde Campaign" finally rectified this problem.

This was all part of a slow evolution of how TSR dealt with major events, and quite different from the Dragonlance (1984-1986) and Avatar (1989) events, where novels and adventures had moved along in lock-step.

The Battlesystem Connections. Rather surprisingly, "Horde Campaign" is so-focused on being a historical document that there are almost no game stats! In fact, the only statistics to be found are three pages of Battlesystem (1985, 1989, 1991) stats, highlighting TSR's perennial mass combat system.

Expanding the Realms. "Horde Campaign" reveals the full scope of the eponymous invasion. It also provides details on some of the countries touched by the invasion, including Khazari, Rashemen, Semphar, Shou Lung, and Thay. Though countries like Shou Lung and Thay had been described in previous supplements, for others, this was their first chance to shine.

About the Creators. This was Curtis Scott's first major work for TSR. He'd continue to work for them for just a few years, through his authorship of "The Ivory Triangle" (1993) for Dark Sun.

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