Crusaders is meant to be played with play-mats, both for ease of placement but also since the numbers of certain card types is limited. This new mat is smaller and creates natural spaces for players to put their Warrior and Feats Table.
The Supply Pile or deck is placed on the right side to prevent a player from having to reach across cards in play and possibly disturb carefully placed counters on them.
Also added are updates to a player’s turn order. Planning step, Strength Gathering Step (SGS) and a player’s Second Planning Step.
Testing will go on but at least it will be on an eye catching mat.
It’s no secret that Crusaders gameplay required a great deal of revisions over the long development of the game. Most recently, the game had two new terms added to cards in order to clarify timing and save space on the cards with oft repeated terms.
Strength Gathering Step is now SGS
(This will aid in saving space on cards and manage white space on the cards)
Place into Play is now Planning Step.
(This will help to separate cards that must be used during your turn before you attack and cards that stay temporarily in play)
Play testing remains fun and we learn nee things about the game we love.
So far, the first ten Warriors have been chosen. Decks exploiting the themes of each one are made. The focus of playtesting is now on matchups and balance. Soon, the Warriors will be balanced and the playing cards will be in shape to allow large-scale playtesting with tournaments with all 10 characters vying for the top spot.
Troktiko hunted Thunderhawk after he and his brother’s first battles with the Black Heart. He hunts Thunderhawk both out of duty to his profession but also the thrill of besting a warrior as great as the giant bronze man himself.
Troktiko plots and schemes to avoid physical confrontations, preferring to wait for the best chance of taking has quarry down and not die in the process.
The Black Knight is the cursed form of King Edwin. Losing the war meant something worse than mere execution for former monarch.
Chaos, Drakkus’, sorcerer cursed Edwin and his surviving soldiers to live on as undead malformed versions of themselves.
Edwin ruled and lived by the strength of his clear and focused mind. To taunt him for eternity, he was made to become a violent blood thirsty undead soldier, protecting no one and harming any who enter the ruins of his former castle.