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Elijah Lau
Singapore
Singapore
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10
Nov 2006*
Has the same simple form of the HotS ruleset. Like HotS, the system is simple but challenging for both sides. Components, i.e., the map, is a bit sucky, especially after seeing the magnificient homemade effort on BGG, but this is a very small issue.

I would have been happier if the game had been tweaked minimally. We're already at Rules v1.4 and I hope it's the last one. I don't think this game was unbalanced right from the start. Playing either the Franks or the Saracens, you just have to take into account their peculiar strategic situation and act accordingly. It should not be a case of playing the Franks, ignoring the reality, playing things your way, and then whining about how imbalanced the game is. Anyone who has played the Saracens would be well aware that their position has certain weaknesses, which can be and should be exploited by a good Frankish player.
2006-11-08*
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Daniel Chick
United States
Metairie
Louisiana
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10
Apr 2011
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Brian B
United States
Leawood
Kansas
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10
Nov 2009*
It's a period of history I like to read about and paint miniatures for. It's a unique design and a small wargame that feels like a very broad campaign. It plays big. It's a beautiful point to point map that allows swift movement, temptations and traps. It's a map I've studied for hours. It's card driven and moves are precious. It has dramatic 'down to the last man' sieges but it's also a game of maneuver. The Franks have power, the Saracens have speed. It looks beautiful and offers enough choices to burn your brain. As a bonus, after most turns there's the thrill of rolling dice in combat. I'm no expert, but so far my games have been close, exciting, and memorable. I'm rating this game a 10. Jerry Taylor is my favorite designer and needs to make more games like this! A lot of intelligent thought went into this design.

Note: If you play it once and expect it to be like Hammer of the Scots, you need to play it again. It offers three fronts instead of one and the width of the map combined with the low number of units creates more maneuver. This game gives the player more options, and that makes it harder to 'get'.
2007-07-03*
Owned
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Joseph Meaney

Virginia
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10
Sep 2007*
Owned
Ben Long
United States
Missouri
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10
Sep 2007*
In the spirit of Hammer of the Scots, this is a fast and fun wargame (sometimes a rare occurence).
2007-09-10*
Owned
Shao Hong
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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10
Sep 2007*
Xi Bi
China
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10
Sep 2007*
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Marc Edmondson
United States
Missouri
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10
Sep 2007*
My #18.
2007-09-11*
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Sam Corwin
United States
Kansas
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10
Dec 2007*
mickey whitney
United States
McDavid
Florida
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10
Jul 2008*
Dian Dragostinov
Bulgaria
Sofia
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10
Oct 2008*
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Matthew Looby
United States
Wadhams
New York
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10
Mar 2011
The 2nd ed. is better than the 1st. GO GET IT!

I really enjoy this game. This game plays much differently
than R3 or HOTS. Play is fast once you get the mechanics down. There are some cool problems to solve on both sides.
2013-03-27
Owned
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Xaime Recio
Spain
Manzanares el Real
Madrid
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10
Jan 2011
Owned
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Lee Xin
China
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10
Oct 2011
Owned
Jonathan N. "Spartan Spawn, Sworn, Raised for Warring!"
United States
Summerville
South Carolina
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"By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe."
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10
Jun 2014
Owned
stanislav-1971 stanislav-1971
Ukraine
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10
Feb 2013
Owned
graeme tate
United Kingdom
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
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10
Nov 2013
This edition of Crusader Rex has honed an already good game into an excellent one. I own most of the Columbia games range and this comes to the table more than any other. It has the perfect mix of tough decisions and fun. Is much deeper that Columbia's latest offering Julius Caesar and as a result is infinitely more rewarding. For those who have the original? The second edition is still worth the money. Better Maps, unit tweaks, card changes and streamlined rules. The second edition is head and shoulders above the original and most important of all the play balance is now spot on.
Enjoy :-)
2013-11-08
Owned
United States
Cincinnati
OH
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10
Jul 2013
Owned
Roger Masters
United States
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10
Mar 2014
Karlheinz Seidel
Germany
Hof
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10
May 2014
Owned
Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
Washington, California, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, etc. :-)
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May 2015
Owned
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Michal Kasprzak
Poland
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9.75
Jan 2012
Chris R.
United States
Unspecified
Missouri
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9.575
May 2007*
Great game! The only other Crusades game I can think of is "Onward, Christian Soldiers," although I bet the rules are five or ten times longer. In my opinion, the thing that probably makes it better than "Hammer of the Scots" is that it seems that the game is always close near the end. The Franks have to be very defensive in the beginning while the Saracens have to be very aggressive. The Franks must protect one additional city at the start of the game with essentially weaker forces. In my first game, I thought I was going to win the battles I lost and lose the battles I won. I remember in that game my Saracens attacked Jerusalem with double the force and half my force was gone before I even got to roll the dice! I like the fact that Tripoli and the non-objective city of Tyre both have a special peninsula defensive property. The Saracens also generally have a better movement rate and typically attack earlier in the combat round. It seems that the game is often determined by when the Franks decide to use their knight's charge ability. I've found that the knight's charge can be rather ineffective with anything other than the B3s and Richard the Lionhearted who is a B4.
2007-05-04*
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Kristofer Bengtsson
Sweden
Kävlinge
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9.5
Jan 2007*
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Alvis CHAN
Hong Kong
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Jul 2014
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A El-Nowehy
Canada
Markham
Ontario
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9.3
Jan 2007*
So tense that it hurts!
2007-01-18*
Owned
George Falconer
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
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9.3
Feb 2014
This one can be a real brain buster, and a dice chucker This and Rommel in the Desert are my favorites of the Columbia titles.

2010-09-27
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A.N. Onymous
Netherlands
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9.1
Jan 2006*
Preliminary rating based on 2 plays. I'm trying to find out how to play the Franks, especially during the first couple of years.

Update after about 10 plays: with the 1.3 ruleset I like this even better.
2006-01-23*
James Boyd
United States
Abilene
Texas
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9
Nov 2006*
A superb game in the Hammer of the Scots style. Eight simple pages of rules that still include chrome (seiges, Knight's Charge, Harrying, etc). The Saracens descend upon the Franks with a furor post Hattin, but over time the Franks gain strength. Tense, fun play!
2006-11-08*
Owned
Michael Barnes
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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9
Oct 2006*
Tremendous. The virtues of Hammer of the Scots are preserved here and in many ways enhanced, making for a deeply engaging, compelling wargame that is both completely accessible and full of detail and specficity. The Franks have a tough time of it through the first few years, fighting to keep their strongholds while the Muslims stage a nasty counterattack. It's a matter of waiting for the Crusaders to show up and strike back. I think it's slightly better than HOTS (itself an awesome game) mainly because there's more options and it doesn't feel quite so hopeless for the weaker side. The only complaints are those that are typical for a Columbia game- lo-fi production and the map could stand to be larger. All in all, one of the best games of the year and one that stands with the best of Columbia Games' fantastic products.
2006-10-06*
STSC(SS/SW) Martin Davis
United States
Fort Collins
Colorado
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9
Oct 2005*
Owned
Brian Fung
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Nov 2005*
I purchased this game along with HotS. I like this game better! I enjoyed it immensely. Lots of replay value, although playing the Franks could be fustrating for a new player.
2005-11-03*
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JR Dundas
Canada
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Nov 2005*
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Jeff Fields
United States
Eugene
Oregon
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Nov 2005*
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Brett David Spain
United States
Lee's Summit
Missouri
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Dec 2005*
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Ric Manns
United States
Scottsburg
Indiana
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9
Jan 2006*
Great game and I look forward to trying the new rules. The game is a lot of fun and I hear that they have adrressed the balance.
2006-01-02*
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England
Reading
Berkshire
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9
Apr 2008*
Bought Crusader Rex and Hammer of the Scots together. Both are fantastic games with similar mechanics.

Siege Warfare adds a new dimension.
2008-04-06*
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Frank Hakstege
Netherlands
Aalten
Achterhoek
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9
Jan 2006*
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Roland T.
Germany
Near Frankfurt
Hessen
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Jan 2006*
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Johan Pettersson
Sweden
Smygehamn
Skåne
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9
Feb 2006*
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Endre Fodstad
Norway
Oslo
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9
Mar 2006*
Tons of fun
2006-03-21*
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Jim Patching
United Kingdom
Newport
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9
May 2006*
Excellent game - plays fast, has depth without being over-complicated, looks nice.
2006-05-20*
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Nomadic Gamer
United States
Palatine
Illinois
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9
Jun 2006*
Must play more...Not many wargames play this fast.
2006-06-01*
Alexander Rosenthal
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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9
Jul 2006*
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Greg Parker
United States
Redding
California
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9
Aug 2006*
Terrific block game, has enough similarity to Hammer of the Scots to be easy to teach one from the other, but play different enough that it is a must to own both. Rule confusions abound as now 4 versions of the rules have been released. We liked version 1.3 with an added tweak of Franks draw 2 blocks and choose one for deployment.
2006-08-15*
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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Mar 2007*
UPDATE: With play balance concerns more or less retired, I've been very happy with Crusader Rex and have enjoyed it a great deal. It's short, it fast-paced, it's highly-playable, it's historically interesting, and there are lots of options for both side. Personally, I like Crusader Rex a lot more than Hammer of the Scots, because it feels more open, where Hammer often felt bottle-necked.
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Sort of a provisional rating. The system itself is great, and the core cardplay/movement/combat/siege I think works better than Hammer, and the more open playing field also is more interesting.

The concern of course is play balance. The first game we played was a Crusader win, but, of some concern, a total blow-out. These things happen, of course, but with experienced gamers it's unusual unless there is a sense that something went seriously wrong, which was not the case here. So ... the judgement is certainly not conclusive, and I look forward to giving it another try. I'll be paying attention to the balance issues, and if they prove elusive, this'll easily round up to an 8, and really, balance is my only significant worry. Systemically, Crusader Rex is a proven game, and felt very solid.
2007-03-01*
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Tom Lynch
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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9
Sep 2007*
The rules are similar to Hammer of the Scots and are easy to learn. Very good game.
2007-09-28*
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Tom Madden
United States
Saint Louis
Missouri
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9
Nov 2006*
A really fun and enjoyable block wargame that captures the medieval theme very well. The 1.4 rules are an improvement, balancing the game nicely. This game always immerses me when I play it. I love it.
2006-11-24*
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Tomàs Reixach Coll

Girona
Girona
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9
Jan 2012
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Scott Moll
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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9
Jul 2007*
A very good game in the same vein as the Hammer of the Scots.
2007-07-11*
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