Command armies, heroes, and special units against the evil Highlord Dragonarmies. Have your heroes quest for magic to help in your battles, use diplomats to gather nations to your side, and send armies out to the field to do battle or hunt down enemy heroes. Play against a human opponent, or against the computer controlled Highlord Dragonarmies.
Originally, War of The Lance was going to be the rebirth of Chainmail, the literal father of D&D. However, when TSR realized that the cost of producing it would have made the box price almost $100 they abandoned the idea.