Rules of the various modules of the Cry Havoc franchise can
be contradictory, while leaving other aspects in the dark.
The goal of this MAGNA CARTA (named after the charter forced
onto John Lackland in 1215 by his feudal barons) is to
propose a consistent set of rules that have been validated
by the Cry Havoc community to superceed the existing rules.
Bob Gingell already proposed back in 2003 a compilation
of the various rules available, while proposing improvements
and clarifications. Bob’s comprehensive work is just
fabulous, but can really freighten the casual gamer only
looking for a rule to play from time to time.
I personnally used the French rules of CROISADES and VIKINGS
as a basis as they are recognized as the most complete and
consistant to date. I simply added, suppressed or modified
the sections that might not be needed for a generic set of
rules. I also added those rules published in the various
extensions of Cry Havoc Fan and a few others published in
various French fanzines, mostly Claymore.
I spent a lot of time creating attractive graphical
examples of the various point of rules, as any Cry
Havoc-related material must have a stunning visual impact:
Check for instance the diagrams for the naval rules that are
a significant improvement over the original version.
The MAGNA CARTA is not intended to be an ultimate work,
that’s why I didn’t include the rules from SAMURAI BLADES or
DARK BLADES. I “restricted” my scope to the historical
periods in Europe and the Middle East, following my natural
inclination. I will be happy to provide an editable copy of
the MAGNA CARTA to anybody that would like to adapt it for
periods or themes not covered by this rule.
The document is too big to fit in one single file: Pages 1
through 58 are in the first zip file, pages 59 through 115
in the second one.
Important: There is still a
preliminary version with a total of 116 pages, images are
still in low definition and I plan a printed version for the
end of the year along with all the game aids and playsheets:
Save your inkjet cartridges and paper supplies: Just look at
it on line!
Magna Carta B1-1 (4.5 Mb)
Magna Carta B1-2 (7.1 Mb)