The Kingdoms of Crusaders board game
Category: Board games
In November, 24 of the year 1095 Pope Urban II called on participants of Clermont Cathedral to equip a military campaign to the East to liberate the Holy Land from the Muslims. This passionate preaching was the beginning of the era of the Crusades. To the 1099 year the thirty thousand army of the crusaders took the entire Eastern Mediterranean coast. On the newly acquired lands arose the Christian states: the County of Edessa, the Principality of Antioch, Kingdom of Jerusalem and the County of Tripoli, and almost a hundred years later, there was a Kingdom in Cyprus. So, who will be the one to rule the new kingdom of Christianity?
The Kingdoms of Crusaders is a card game in which players vie for power in five states of the crusaders. This game is for those who appreciate games of accurate calculation and tactical decisions. It is important to keep track of what groups of arms are already out— fortunately all the cards are played openly on the table — and what else can be used by opponents. The secret to winning is to effectively pit your forces. You may discard one location from the start and build up a strong force in others, you may bluff by playing a strong card to some Kingdom, so others will forfeit from that location. The one whose army is stronger will gain control over the disputed region. Once all five Kingdoms will gain their masters, the game will end, and one of the players, who own the largest number of territories, will be the winner.
Our board game is better to be played by two people, but with two game sets up to three of four players can participate in the game process. Also you can play up to 4 people with the “Ordonnance” expansion.
The graphic design of the game brings it a very unique look. The cards are consist fragments of engravings made by Gustav Dore – a well know French artist who lived in the middle of the 19th century. Most of these works were specially done for a book called Histoire des Croisades (The History of Crusades) by Joseph François Michaud.
|Basic game or expansion||Basic game|
|Sub-genre||Historic, Card game, Medieval, Bluffing|
|Playing time||30 — 40|
|Suggested age||12 — 99|
|Number of players||2 —|
|Contents||56 cards, 2 location cards, 15 victory markers, game rules|
|Shipping weight||0.195 kg|