|THE DISCIPLES SERIES
|ART BY ME
Disciples 2 : Dark Prophecy (2001) finally came out. It was completely redesign with a dark look.... to dark for some players. Just to make sure that we were in the World of Disciples, we had splendid graphics and a hard to play game for the beginners. A second version 1.41 when out with a little lighter darker look and an easier easy level for the new players. If you still have the original version 1.0 keep it for the dark artwork. I am still playing with that version whenever I can. One of the plus of D2-DDP was the new scenario editor. Even if this editor is a little hard to use, fans started to create quests and a few sagas improving their skills with time.
You could find a Collector's Edition of Disciples : Dark Prophecy including the PC game, a mouse pad and a card game : Blades of War. This collector's edition was for "collectors" or "lucky fans who found it", limited in numbers, exclusively reserved to a specific market and really hard to get. To my knowledge, this edition is not available anymore.
What the fans are saying about D2-DDP sounds a lot like what they were saying about D1-DSL in a bigger version. They have new ideas and new opinions, they like it and they hate it at the same time. Sometimes, I have the feeling we want the best of all other turn based games put together in a single game and the game should be Disciples. A big contract for Strategy First Inc.!!! The fans are editing the game to their own type of gameplay or preference, they are creating worlds based on the World of Disciples and they want more... they want Disciples 3.
The cards-game "Blades of War" was and extra that you could only find in the Collector's Edition. A limited number of those cards were also available (Winter 2003) to the fans and collectors through Strategy First Inc. Subscribers of their newsletter were rapidly informed, so if you are reading this, go and signed right now, so you won't miss the next special offer and drawings.
You play Blades of War a little like Might and Magic. A small guide is included with the game. You play as one of the four races and get the resources (magic, units, etc.) of that race. SFI put additional information on how to play Blades of War on their Disciples 2's site.