The Game

The Game

 

CROISADES is a game by French designer Duccio Vitale that was adapted from the original OUTREMER by Standard Games. Unlike the latter, which was just an adaptation of the CRY HAVOC game system to the Crusader States, Duccio released a much more ambitious game that is now seen as the reference in the series. Tactical rules were revised and augmented, and the game adds a combination of strategic, diplomatic and role playing dimensions.

Box Contents (Croisades):

> 2 full-color maps, giving a possibility of 10 different terrains;
> 2 sheets of playing pieces printed in full color (over 150 different characters);
> A strategic map of the Middle East;
> A sheet with 480 strategic counters (borders, ships, castles, etc.);
> 1 125-page rule and scenario booklet;
> 6 playsheets for the tactical, strategic and role playing games;
> 4 troop layout sheets;
> 1 notepad of major and secondary characters;
> 3 dice (2D10 & 1D6).

The Maps

The tactical game included 2 maps: The Olive Grove and The Watering Hole


> The Olive Grove

> A2 (60 x 40)
> TIFF - 1.9 Mb
 
>
BMP - 1.5 Mb


>
The Watering Hole

> A2 (60 x 40)
> TIFF - 2.3 Mb
 
>
BMP
- 1.4 Mb


>
Strategic Map

Note: Borders of the Crusader States were added to the map.

> 70 x 45 mm
> PDF (zip)
- 83 Mb

   

Les counters

   
The playing pieces include templars, turcopoles, Kings and Sultans, mamluks, horse archers, hashishins and much more.  No two characters are alike, each has his own name, costume and combat values, bringing the period faithfully to life. 
Note: A few counters of Sergeants, Halberdiers, Billmen, Spearmen and Peasants are similar to those of Siege and have not been displayed here. Kings have been exchanged to match their arms (lions for Richard).

The Crusaders

         


> Templars

> 8 counters
> TIFF - 2.9 Mb
   New!
> GIF - 297 Kb
 


> Kings

> 2 counters
> TIFF - included with knights
 
> GIF - 109 Kb


> Knights

> 4 counters
> TIFF - 2.6 Mb
 
> GIF - 241 Kb


> Turcopoles

> 6 counters
> TIFF - 2.4 Mb
 
> GIF - 229 Kb


> Crossbows

> 10 counters
> TIFF - 1.6 Mb
 
> GIF - 251 Kb


> Shortbow

> 10 counters
> TIFF - 1.8 Mb
 
> GIF - 140 Kb


> Monks

> 4 counters
> TIFF - 2.0 Mb
 
> GIF - 72 Kb
       

The Saracens

         


> Officers

> 4 counters
> TIFF - 1.7 Mb
 
> GIF - 149 Kb
 


> Royal Mamluks

> 5 counters
> TIFF - 2.2 Mb
 
> GIF - 225 Kb


> Heavy Syrian Cavalry

> 6 counters
> TIFF - 2.9 Mb
 
> GIF - 194 Kb


> Light Mamluks

> 6 counters
> TIFF - 692 Kb
 
> GIF - 177 Kb


> Horse Mounted Seldjuks

> 4 counters
> TIFF - 1.4 Mb
    New!
> GIF - 118 Kb


> Horse Archers

> 7 counters
> TIFF - 2.8 Mb
 
> GIF - 218 Kb


> Beduins

> 6 counters
> TIFF - 2.5 Mb
 
> GIF - 194 Kb
 


> Fatimid Pikemen

> 10 counters
> TIFF - 1.6 Mb
   New! 
> GIF - 153 Kb


> Syrian Infantry

> 6 counters
> TIFF - 743 Kb
 
> GIF - 65 Kb


> Sudanese Infantry

> 6 counters
> TIFF - 623 Kb
 
> GIF - 60 Kb


> Seljuk Infantry

> 8 counters
> TIFF - 1.1 Mb
 
> GIF - 87 Kb


> Crossbows

> 6 counters
> TIFF - 697 Kb
 
> GIF - 63 Kb


> Slingers

> 3 counters
> TIFF - 345 Kb
 
> GIF - 32 Kb
 


> Hashishins

> 2 counters
> TIFF - 274 Kb
 
> GIF - 23 Kb
   

The Strategic Markers

> ZIP
> PDF - 13.4 Mb
     

Rules & Scenarios

Download

Outremer

 
The original 52-page booklet has been scanned by Bob Gingell. Thanks to him! TIFF (zip)
    > Introduction - 2.9 Mb
    > Rules - 2.3 Mb
    > Scenarios - 2.3 Mb
    > Reference Sheet - 0.2 Mb

Croisades

 
The huge CROISADES booklet (125 pages!) includes all the rules, broken down in 3 parts (tactical, strategic and role playing), as well as scenarios. RTF (adaptation by Bob Gingell, hosted by Alex Henderson)
    > Tactical Rules - 386 Kb
    > Strategic Rules - 506 Kb
    > Role Playing Rules - 511Kb
    > Tactical Scenarios -  259 Kb
    > Strategic Scenarios - 177 Kb
    > Historical Background -  Kb
Play sheets from the Vassal module (GIF)
    > v3.0 - Oct 28, 2004 - 354 Ko

Original Scenarios

Download

Sc1- The Death of the Shepherd: A group of stragglers from the German crusading army were being escorted back to the main force when they were set upon by Moslem horsemen. eScOu1 - PDF - 127 Kb
Sc2- Save The King: King Louis VII and several of his men ran into a detached group of Turks. He is rescued by the arrival of additional numbers of his followers. eScOu2 - PDF - 114 Kb