Posted on 08/17/09 @ 10:28 PM (updated 11/06/09
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What is this game about:
This is a very 'small' game with very few troops involved. The game is very short, so you can play it many times, which you probably need to do before you can win. There are no time critical events or attacks. You decide what is happening at all times. There is no economy issue, just fighting.
Despite its 'smallness' and simplicity, it is very high in strategic decision making. You could win the game by luck, but an intricate knowledge about different units in Crusader is the best path to success.
If you haven't played the previous part of this hand combat series (CrusaderChess), you should probably practice with that game
If anyone does NOT get exactly one each of slave, spearman, monk, assassin, arabian swordsman, maceman, pikeman, swordsman,
knight, PLEASE let me know (qtlilkeg as a yahoo email).
You have been mistaken as slaves and you need to fight at the Colosseum in Rome. You will be free men if you win the fights ordered by the Roman Emperor.
The Roman Emperor has decided that your men (red) need to fight ONE-ON-ONE with the blue troops. For each fight, you select one red unit and ask him to attack one blue. Repeat this until there are either no red units left (you loose) or there are no blue units left. If you can win against the blue units, the gates to the lion cages will open and you need to kill two lions. Use all your remaining troops at the
same time when you fight the lions. If you are successful here, you win the game.
Is it winnable?
The odds look impossible. But it certainly is winnable, otherwise I would not put this game on this site. Just keep trying different combinations. How hard can it be? There are only nine units...
You had quickly advanced to the degree of colonel in the great Roman army. You had had great success while commanding an army in Hungaria and Romania. You had just entered Turkey and got a big trophy as you captured the city of Antalya. Your great progress had gone to your head and you started to think of yourself as one of the greatest military strategists. Nothing could stop you now. The throne was all but yours very soon.
But maybe all your success only came from luck? Unfortunately, your luck ended right there. While wildy partying after your victory, you and your men were seen by one of the Roman Emperor's tax men (who invaded the city 10 minutes after the fighting was over) who smelled money. He knew it was against the Emperor's rules to drink more than 2 gallons
of ale per person during the partying, and clearly you and your men passed your quota many hours ago. He informed the police (who invaded the city about 2 hours after the tax men) who put all of you in jail to sleep off your drunkness.
On the third day in jail, you and your men started to somewhat sober up and you protested loudly when you discovered that the prison cells were actually locked. You had seen a prison cell from the inside many times before under the same circumstances, but the customary procedures in the Roman army was that the door should be unlocked. The police yelled at you
to be quiet, but you could take none of that crap from a lousy local police officer. After all, you were a decorated colonel in the great Roman army. You started screaming back and demand they release you, otherwise you would personally take this issue to the Emperor himself. Three officers immediately came back, opened the door, dragged you out, and put you in the dungeon! How dare they treat a colonel
like this? As they locked the box, they said:
You behave and be quiet, otherwise the next stop is the stretching rack. You were very, very confused. What was going on? But the threat of the stretching rack kept you quiet.
Two days later with no food or water, they put you back in the prison cell with your other men. They quickly explained the situation to you. You were actually in prison because you and your men were charged with the severe offense of pretending to be part of the Roman army. But we ARE part of the army you shouted angrily, but your men quickly wrestled you down to keep you quiet. There's NOTHING we can do now, they explained. Any protests will only make this matter worse. There has clearly been a mistake and the only chance you had to correct it would be when you would arrive in Rome for the hearings at the High Court. Well, travelling all the way back to Rome in a prison transport didn't really appeal to any of you, but it was true that nothing could be done here in Turkey.
Two weeks later (with very poor food by the way), you arrived in Rome. It just so happened that the dear Lady Miss Fortune had once again played a little trick with you. During the trip, there had been a mixup of the mobile
prison cells. The boxes you were transported in had been labelled 'Slaves taken from the King of Egypt'. You never saw when this happened, so you couldn't ask the person who did the labelling to check his paperwork more carefully.
Now, there was a little bit of a problem. Slaves never had a chance to be heard at the court. Whatever a slave said was assumed to be a bunch of lies. Slaves were slaves and forever slaves. Even though 'forever' could be for a fairly short time if the Roman Emperor decided to send them to Colosseum to be lion food ...
One day you woke up to much noise and cheerful celebration. Unfortunately, it wasn't your men celebrating. It was all the people of Rome who went to the big quarterly Fair at the Colosseum. Another unfortunate little detail was that the prison guards put you and your men in shackels and dragged you out of the prison cells. You were also heading to Colosseum, but not as cheerfully as the others ...
You and a few of your men were put in the center of Colosseum together with a few other slaves dressed in blue. There must have been at least 5000 men cheerfully booing at you. Weapons were thrown to you and the rules of the game were explained (see above).
Finally, you had a chance to show that your men were actually trained in the army and easily win these fights!
Show the Roman Emperor who you really are so rightful order can be restored.