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Lion Rampant: The Crusader States


Lion Rampant: The Crusader States is an expansion for Lion Rampant: Medieval Wargaming Rules.  It is an historical gamebook that explores the Middle East during the heyday of the Crusades, between 1097 and 1291. The Crusader States of the Holy Land were a unique meeting point for people and military forces from all over Europe and the Middle East, but also from as far afield as Asia and East Africa.

Become a crusader lord from Europe or the Crusader States, the commander of a Templar patrol or a group of leper knights, or an Italian pirate/merchant prince! Or perhaps you’d rather be the chief of a band of Assassins, a charismatic preacher, or the boss of a band of marauders! Or how about a Muslim emir, an African mercenary captain, the lady of a castle defending her people, a Mongol commander, or a Byzantine or Armenian officer!

This expansion includes historical information, new upgrades (from Greek fire to holy and magical characters and items), and twelve factions with unique features and special abilities. It also comprises scenarios that re-enact stories from Western, Byzantine, Armenian and Muslim medieval sources, which have been selected in order to represent highlights in the history of the Crusader States and their neighbours.

About the authors: 

Daniel Mersey is the author of several wargame rulebooks, including Lion Rampant (2014). Primarily gaming the medieval and colonial periods, he has written many articles for the major wargaming magazines over the past two decades and has authored several non-gaming books.

Dr Gianluca Raccagni is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh. He has published numerous works on the political culture of the High Middle Ages, including a monograph entitled The Lombard League 1167-1225 (Oxford University Press, 2010). His current project is on the Italian city republics and the crusades. Gaming is his other passion, and he has recently launched the Historyand Games Lab at the University of Edinburgh.





  • The First Crusade and the establishment of the Crusader States 
  • The heyday of the Crusader States (1099-1187) 
  • Partial recovery, twilight, and end (1189-1291) 
  • Religious fervour 
  • Assassination 
  • Fear 
  • Holy and unholy characters 
  • Greek fire  
  • Talismanic objects  


  • Western Crusaders 
  • Italian Maritime Republics 
  • Frankish Settlers  
  • Christian Military Orders 
  • Pilgrims 
  • Marauders 
  • Muslim Principalities of Syria and Anatolia, and Assassins 
  • Fatimid Egypt 
  • Saladin, Ayyubids and Mamluks 
  • Mongols 
  • Byzantines 
  • Armenians 


  • The Siege of Antioch and the 25 Genoese Martyrs (1097) 
  • Feeding the Besiegers of Jerusalem (1099) 
  • Raiding the Neighbours (1120s) 
  • Pilgrims, Marauders … and Wild Beasts (any time)  
  • The Byzantine Emperor Goes Hunting and is Voluntarily Ambushed (1159) 
  • The Templars’ Assassination of the Assassins’ Envoy (1173) 
  • Escape from Hattin (1187) 
  • Raiders of the Crusader Keep (1187-89) 
  • Attack on the Crusader Village (1237) 
  • Civil War! (1258)  
  • The Frankish Gambler and the Mongols (1260) 
  • The Last Assault by the Defenders of Acre (1291) 


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October 15, 2020 5:42 pm UTC
Does the download include ePub and PDF or only PDF? Thanks.
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Gianluca R November 09, 2020 6:36 pm UTC
Hi! apologies for the delay. Only PDF.
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