Last summer, Free League Publishing launched a crowdfunding campaign for a board game version of PC strategy title Crusader Kings. The campaign was a success, the money has exchanged hands, and the game itself is nearly ready to show off. Today Free League announced Crusader Kings would make its world public debut at SPIEL 18 in Essen, Germany.

The game’s not quite ready to buy just yet. But there will be a hands-on demo; the first of its kind. Some lucky Germans will be the first in the world to try Crusader Kings out.

A strategy board game set in Medieval Europe, Crusader Kings is all about power: the struggle to obtain it, rip it from someone else, and keep it from someone else trying to rip it from you. Gameplay is quite involved and includes just about everything you’ve seen on Game of Thrones. “To win, you will need to groom your family, build mighty castles, develop your dominion, be shrewd in the realm of diplomacy and intrigue, and use your vassals wisely to grow your wealth and military power. You must survive invasions, plots, plagues, crusades to the Holy Land – and marriage!” says Free League.

  • Character Focus. The game brings characters and dynasties to the forefront, using traits and events to develop the characters and the story.
  • Grand Strategy. Crusader Kings is a grand strategy game at heart, and so is the board game. To win, you will need to plan decades ahead and outwit your opponents.
  • Emergent Storytelling. Like the computer game, the board game has an events system (using cards) that interacts with the game mechanics to create unexpected and memorable story twists.
  • Steeped in History. The board game is based on historical characters and events of the Middle Ages, letting you relive – and change – the course of actual history.

The majority of our readers probably don’t live near the area where SPIEL 18 is taking place, but just in case one or two of you are out there, you can find Crusader Kings at….

DATES: October 25th to 27th
LOCATION: Essen, Germany
BOOTH: 5A104