Warlords is one of the most respected and popular strategy franchises in the history of gaming. The developer, SSG , introduced the first Warlords product in 1989. Subsequent products in the series included Warlords II (1992), Warlords II Deluxe (1994), Warlords III: Reign of Heroes (1997), and Warlords III: Darklords Rising (1998). The next in the series of turn-based games, Warlords IV, will ship in 2001.
SSG has always been known in the strategy community for superior AI design and their products have won several awards including Computer Games Strategy Plus' Turn Based Strategy Game of the Year in 1998.