Wednesday, 14 August 2013

It's here… The Dark Crucible!

After much delay and hype, my secret project is finally here.

Welcome to The Dark Crucible!

This is a set of rules written by myself and Bull that we will be launching later in the year. As no doubt you will have deduced, it involves Romans and Celts at the moment but will be expanded to include Vikings, Greeks, Crusaders, Samurai and anyone else we feel deserves to be in there.

I always loved learning about Romans and Crusaders as a child, played with Knights and Castles but the historic side of gaming has never translated into adulthood for me. I wanted to find a game that spanned the gap between the likes of Hail Caesar and Malifaux. When I couldn't find one I decided to make one.

We consider the game a Simple, Historically-Fantastical, Character-Driven, 'Coffee Table' Skirmish Wargame.

Er, what?

It's a set of very simple rules for a skirmish level game, that can be played on a coffee table and has elements of history as well as fantasy driving it. The scale allows me to replay scenes from films like CenturionKing Arthur or The Eagle. But we also want to fight Samurai with Romans and Vikings with Spartans. We want to fight in lush green fields, across snow-laden landscapes, even unstable volcanic underworlds.

In keeping with the game itself, the premise behind it is simple…

Imagine the various Gods of War from every race and background getting together for a drink, in some kind of celestial public house. They each brag and boast about the mortal soldiers who revere them, who fight and die in their name.

But if a drink-infused challenge was thrown down who's warriors would come out on top?

This is what The Dark Crucible is all about. It's a heavenly gladitorial arena, where each god selects a handful of their best soldiers to represent them. Games are quick – with often no more than 5 or 6 models a side it's never going to last long – with plenty of opportunity for banter… in fact we wholeheartedly support it. Objectives are often as simple as last man standing or capture the flag type; sometimes more complex scenarios are the order of the day to test the warriors to their limits.

However, with the gods dabbling constantly, it's never going to be a straightforward fight!

We Want You!!

This is where you come in.

We're looking for a handful of individuals who want to get involved and test our rules. We think they're fun but we want to make sure other people think they're fun, reasonably balanced, and make for a game worth playing.

At this stage we're testing the basic mechanics of the game, but people who stay involved will get to experience the more advanced elements such as Heavenly Interventions and Special Characters.

If you would like to have a go play testing and would be happy to submit sensible, constructive feedback then send me an email and I'll add you to the list.

I need to know your name, country/state where you live and which war/board games you play/have played in the past. Simple as that. Send you details to thedarktemplar (at) btinternet (dot) com

Don't forget to tell your friends, or anyone you think may be interested.

To be continued…


  1. good luck with your new rules they sound very interesting will keep an eye on there progress.
    Peace James

  2. Are the images your doing? If so, bloody hell, you're improving tremendously well. Sadly I'm starting a new job, so time management won't allow such activities. But I wish you all the luck and success with this project.

    1. Thanks Mark. The top image is a mock-up of the front cover using stylised images from Centurion, the lower image came from the net.

  3. Whoo-hooo! It has arrived! Really well done Mike, looking forward to hearing all about it in more depth.

    1. I promise to have fully painted models in time for our demo game!

  4. THIS IS AMAZING! Just the thing! I've been waiting, looking, hoping for this ruleset!

  5. Read about this on Michael's Blog and just had to come over for a closer look. You had me hooked at Vikings without doubt and I will enjoy following this project.

    1. Excellent.
      We're starting with Romans and Celts but Vikings are definitely next in line to join the fighting.



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