Lion Rampant Takes On The Crusader States In New Book

January 24, 2020 by avernos

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Daniel Mersey's Lion Rampant has been a beloved Medieval rule set since it's release six years ago, (6 seriously?! My god you guys are old, I'm still young though).

The Crusader states

While the rules themselves are very good at replicating a myriad of conflicts throughout the period they are generic, and as such the University of Edinburgh's School of History, Classics, and Archaeology decided they could tighten them up and focus in on a specific period. The brainchild of Dr Gianluca, to use wargames to teach history, has given birth to Lion Rampant The Crusader States.

Written in conjunction with Daniel Mersey and published with support from the University of Edinburgh, the Crusader States will include 12 scenarios, that are playable individually, or you can link them together for a campaign. There are also army lists with special characteristics for each "faction', and new upgrades. The rules will be available in both digital and real formats and they are hoping to have them ready in time for Salute.

Speaking of which I'm incredibly excited to see this coming to fruition, last year I was lucky enough to meet Dr Gianluca and talk to him at Salute, the Uni had a game being run in the Crusades featuring a castle built by Supreme Littleness Designs. The idea behind the formation of their group was to take historical research and turn it into games and scenarios.

This, in turn, could be taken to schools or conventions and involve people in a historical game who otherwise may not look at them, also teaching them history by subterfuge. If you want to see that interview check out the Vlog here and if you want to find out more about bringing the sweet sweet world of history to your gaming tables then definitely join Gianluca's group on facepage Gaming the Crusades

Will you be dusting off textbooks to create your next game?

"I'm incredibly excited to see this coming to fruition, last year I was lucky enough to meet Dr Gianluca and talk to him at Salute,"

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