Monday, 25 August 2014

The Crescent & Cross - A simple review

On return from holiday I picked up the news that the long awaited sequel to Saga - the Crescent & Cross had been finally released.

So a quick click to visit the Gripping Beast site was in order. I purchased the rulebook and the dice Christian & Islam for the princely sum of £54 (inc p&p)

Two days later the parcel ARRIVED. Great service.

First impressions were wow this is hardback book - hence the high price tag. But it looks and feels like a real quality production. The pictures are great, both photography and art, and the layout looks straightforward.

A nice short intro to the period.

Some great pictures and loads of rule explanations.

The rules introduce a number of new units including priests etc

The battleboards do look different to the old style - can't help feeling that the layout of the original game was easier to read and play.

A nice touch- they added a playing reference sheet.

So how do they play...dont know and probably will not find out until 2015 once I have got together some forces. This project does however neatly tie in with my Pulp Egyptian themed project from a terrain perspective so once that's complete I just need the figures.

In summary a really well presented ruleset, a bit pricey but if they play as well as the Dark Age version Studio Tomahawk will have another winner on their hands.

Until next time


  1. Excellent pocket review, Eric. Let us know how they play?