Castles & Crusades
Castles & Crusades is a role-playing game published by Troll Lord Games in 2004. It was conceived as a reimagining of classic Dungeons & Dragons using streamlined mechanics from third edition Dungeons & Dragons. The game uses many of the d20 System mechanics, but eliminates skills and feats and expands the number of character classes to 13. Another feature is the reversion of some rules to the original versions seen in original Dungeons & Dragons (often referred to as "OD&D") or first edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D).
The system that Castles & Crusades uses is called the SIEGE Engine. A significant new mechanic is the notion of "Primes", often referred to by gamers as the 12/18 system. Through selection of character class and race, players designate some of their character's attributes as "Prime". These Prime attributes use a challenge base of 12, while non-Prime attributes use a challenge base of 18. Tasks based on the Prime attribute are therefore much easier to accomplish than those based on non-Primes. Primes allow a wider variety of characters to be created because characters of the same class may excel at different types of tasks.
The first three products produced for Castles & Crusades were an introductory boxed set, the Players Handbook, and Monsters & Treasure, a list of creatures and magic items for the game.
In 2005, a full 128-page hard cover version of the C&C Players Handbook and Monsters & Treasures book were released. A 4th printing of the Players Handbook as well as a 3rd printing of the Monsters & Treasure have been released in 2009.
A collection of alternate rules and guidelines for modifying the system, the Castle Keepers Guide, was released in February, 2011.
The shared lineage and resulting similarity in rules between Dungeons & Dragons, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, HackMaster, and Castles & Crusades simplifies conversion of rules and statistics between the games.
- Troll Lord Games is the publisher of Castles & Crusades. The site includes a list of products in the line.
- Castles & Crusades Society Currently active C&C Society, publishes the quarterly "Domesday Book"
- Goodman Games publishes several adventure modules under the Castles & Crusades license.