Runewars is awesome. It's not that hard to learn but be prepared to be sit for 3+ hours of epic adventuring and conquering.
It mixes many styles in one game. You have exploration, questing, army building, conquering, defending, building, ressource managing, diplomacy, treason, trading and 3D mountains!!!!!!! hahaha!
There's many cool mechanics in the game. The game plays in years and each year has it's 4 seasons in which anything can happen. Each season card has a primary and a secondary event. The primary event is resolved first and it's rarely the same, the lands may suffer a famine or you may have good stuff happen to you. Then, the secondary event is always the same on each season card. It's where you quest in the summer or can move on rivers and have to feed your troops in winter. Next step is, each player has 8 order cards in his hands and each season you play one. It ranges from simply moving your units to friendly or empty territories, conquering enemy territories, building fortresses, recruiting units, harvesting ressources or having a city you control give you stuff.
There's no dice in the game, everything is resolved with Fate cards (combat, diplomacy with neutral units, Hero dueling, etc). It's a really cool mechanic and it's really simple. It's based on symbols depending which action you're trying to resolve.
Personally it's my favorite game in my collection. It offers everything a fantasy fan like: Asymetrical Armies, questing, Heroes, beautiful art on the board tiles and cards, EVERYTHING!!!
It is le jeu!