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For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
Download warlords-1-diskset.sit (1.30 MB)
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

"The first game in the series, Warlords, was created in 1989 by Steven Fawkner and was published by SSG. It featured eight different clans battling for the control of the mythical land of Illuria: Sirians, Storm Giants, Grey Dwarves, Orcs of Kor, Elvallie, Horse Lords, Selentines, and Lord Bane. Each clan could either be controlled by the computer or by a human player, allowing up to eight participants taking turns in hot seat play. Gameplay consisted of moving units, attacking opponent units or cities, adjusting production in cities, and moving hero units to explore ruins, temples, libraries, and to discover allies, relics, and other items. The goal of the game was to conquer the land of Illuria by capturing or razing at least two thirds of the cities in the land.

In 1991, Warlords was the co-winner of Computer Gaming World's 1991 Wargame of the Year award.

The 2nd DL contains the missing "Disk Three" (from the 1st DL) - see disk screenshot above. Its not required for game play but it contains an interesting HyperCard Stack highlighting SSG's software portfolio at the time Warlords was released. Its a great stack. its from the Original Floppy Disk set, in Disk Copy 4.2 image files, in Stuffit 3.6 ".sit" archive - Disks located and donated by themacmeister

The game was reviewed in 1991 in Dragon #172 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in 'The Role of Computers' column. The reviewers gave the game 5 out of 5 stars."

Used with permission of Strategic Studies Group

Architecture: 68k

Works in monochrome or 256 colors.
Increase RAM allocation to run in Classic under 256 colours.


abasu1979's picture
by abasu1979 - 2014, August 20 - 8:09am

I found this game phenomenally addictive. Alongside the movement of troops, the acquisition and deployment of new units combined with the endeavours of heroes makes for riveting gameplay. The graphics are not bad either.

Occasionally, one will find that the 'Take Items' command doesn't work. In such cases, one can still pick items off the ground, by going to the 'Show Heroes' option, and dragging the item into the hero's inventory.

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2011, October 5 - 5:33pm

Available now is a new archive taken from original media and with documentation in PDF.

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2009, July 7 - 6:57am

I have the original disk, but my version is v1.1.5 - the one here is v1.1.

My version runs fine under Classic (but very fast while watching other players), it also offers the option to run under thousands or millions of colours. I have to up the RAM required to 10MB to run on a 23" Cinema Display even in 256 colours, 20MB for millions.

But my version also generates a disk error if I try o run in millions of colours. No issues at all in 256 colours.

I also have the Warlords Sounds file, so you get all the cheesy music. I'll pack it up and upload it. I was going to scan the manual, but I found a copy on replacementdocs, I'll upload that too.

by Marble_80 - 2009, July 6 - 9:57pm

Played this game way back when. Could not get it to work on either SheepShaver or Basilisk. Kept saying there was a disk error. Any thoughts? Has anyone successfuly used this file?