Crusader Ancients Rules

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Crusader Rules

Crusader is a set of wargames rules that allow you to game some of the greatest battles in history from Biblical times to the Medieval period. Although written with 28mm figures in mind the rules are stand-based and so easily translate to any scale of model. The rules cater for many popular basing methods so there is absolutely no need to rebase your figures to be able to play Crusader.

At the heart of the rules is the concept that you are representing units of troops in battle rather than individual warriors. Dispensing with the traditional phases within a turn the unit-based mechanics allow for a fluid game that simulates the quality and training of troops.

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The rules have been created with the flexibility to allow armies from widely differing time periods to fight against each other through the use of a consistent points system. So if you want to fight William the Conqueror’s Norman Army against Alexander’s Macedonians feel free!

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The first of the supplements for the Crusader rules is available as a printed version or as a PDF download. The Macedonian and Punic wars supplement is a 52 page A4 book that covers the armies and nations that fought throughout this period.

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The second supplement is Imperium which covers the armies and enemies of Imperial Rome from 107BC to 476AD. It contains 13 new army lists with the same production quality as the previous books and with enough eye candy to inspire any wargamer!

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Crusader Downloads

Fast play sheet for Crusader rules
For those that don’t want to cut the last page out of their rule book.

Download: Crusader FastPlay Sheet

Using Skirmishers in Crusader
A brief article giving some ideas how best to use your light troops with the Crusader rules.

Download: Crusader Skirmish Article

Punic Wars Campaign Map
An A3 map of the Mediterranean area that can be used for your own Punic Wars campaign. Features Roman, Macedonian, Spanish, Carthaginian, Greek and Gallic nations as well as neutral and sea areas.

Download: MP Wars Campaign Map

Crusader Rules Errata
This is the latest 13th August 2009 update for the Crusader rules and the M&P Wars supplement covering changes, omissions, alternative rules and corrections.

Download: Crusader Rules Errata 13th August 2009

Dark Ages Army Lists
Christian Spanish, Andalusian, Berber, Norman, Saxon, Norse Irish and Viking lists for the Crusader rules.

Download: Dark Ages Lists

Crusader Rules Sample Pages
Some pages from the Crusader rules to give you an idea what the book is like and how the rules are designed.

Download: Crusader Sample Pages

Crusader Example of Play
An example of a couple of turns of game play between small Saxon and Norman forces.

Download: Crusader Example of Play

Macedonian & Punic Wars Sample Pages
A few pages from the first Crusader rules supplement

Download: M and P Wars Sample

Imperium Sample Chapter
A chapter from the Imperium supplement showing the design and layout of the army lists as well as details of the information available for each nation and period.

Download: Imperium Sample Chapter

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You can purchase the rules as a PDF from Wargame Vault, Lulu or the Crusader Publishing shop or you can visit Lulu to get a print on demand hard copy. Simply click on a logo to be taken to the relevant pages.

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