While waiting for my copy of the new Saga rules (The Crescent & The Cross miniature rules) I started reaching out to other areas to scratch that itch. I picked up a book called "Victory in the East" by John France and, though at times it's difficult sorting out all the players he is talking about, I have found it a pretty good read. Of course that has fueled more interest and I pulled a game off my shelf that has been sitting there since release collecting dust called "Infidel" by GMT games.
All I can say is Wow! What was I thinking not getting this one to the table sooner. There are six battles in the box spread out over the time period of the different Crusades. Rules are about 14 pages and pretty easy to read, and digestible by experienced or novice players. I gave them a quick one over and played the scenario Antioch 28 June 1098 face to face with a friend. We both found it refreshingly light and fun. Having played I went over the rules again and only had a hand full of questions that where resolved by the second reading.
If you have ever played Great Battles of History (GBoH) series, you will find this a lot lighter and can easily play a game in 2 hours or less. You do sacrifice some realism for playability, but now a days I want to complete a game, drink a brew, and have a nice conversation with my opponent. My plan is to try and play each scenario before I move on to the sister game called, "Blood & Roses" (taking place during Medieval times called War of the Roses, think Tudor's, Lancastrians, Yorkist, etc.).
The game models the supremacy of Cavalry during the Crusader Era and how the different types (Knights, bowed armed light cavalry, etc.) fared against one another on the field of battle, and how the tactics evolved over the period of the campaigns.
I liked the game enough that I got my PBEM Vassal playing friend across the Ocean to give it a go. The following is a picture of the game set up based off a current playing file (Vassal is a Java based program that allows you to play live over the Internet or play by email with anyone around the world, how far we have come since the Crusade day tech) of the battle of Antioch.What's nice about this scenario is there is practically no setup as both sides start off the board.
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What will you find here? Ramblings from an aging gamer-miniature painter. When I first started out in this hobby computers were in their infancy and finding other gamers could only be done by going to conventions or as in my case bumping into somebody who happened to see me reading "Panzer Leader" on the school bus. Look how far we have come! The internet has allowed our small community to be able to connect on a level I never dreamed of when I was but a small lad. What I do hope you will find here is something interesting from one wargamer/miniature painter to another. I paint miniatures somewhat decently, so I will be posting some pictures of my work, and perhaps a review or two of games and/or miniatures. Most of all this is just about having fun and anything I post here is meant to be for that reason.