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  ​Crusader Kings the Board Game at SPIEL ’18 – Prepare for a royal treatment!
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Free League Publishing - Oct 19, 2018 09:15 BST

Hear hear! The humble game developers of Free League Publishing hereby declare that they will be attending the international game convention SPIEL ’18 in Essen 25th-27th October to offer a royal board game experience. In alliance with Paradox Interactive, they will showcase goods from the far north country of Sweden – the first hands on demo of the brand-new prototype of Crusader Kings the Board Game.

For all gamers that seek a truly royal treatment and wish to feel as a true king and queen of Medieval times – here is your chance! But be aware, the backstabbing and intrigue of medieval Europe is not to be played around with. Or wait, it acctually is...

Free League Publishing is bringing the best-selling and award-winning game Crusader Kings to life as a tabletop board game. The development team has previously created the award-winning tabletop RPGs Tales from the Loop, Coriolis – The Third Horizon and Mutant: Year Zero. 

The Kickstarter campaign for Crusader Kings the Board Game created was a massive success, gained the support from thousands of backers across the world and raised more than $450 000.

Anyone wishing to claim the throne can make a late pledge to the kickstarter campaign here:

SPIEL ‘18 DATES: October 25th to 27th LOCATION: Essen, Germany BOOTH: 5A104 EXIBITORS: Free League Publishing & Paradox Interactive WEBPAGE:

[ If you want to schedule game demos and interviews with Free League Publishing, please contact: [email protected] ]

About Crusader Kings the Board Game

In this medieval strategy soap opera, your King or Queen will need to survive invasions, plots, crusades, and even marriage. Or at least have children, siblings or spouses standing by to take over the throne. Failure to raise a suitable heir could face you with the end of your dynasty. Oh dear!

As a ruler, be shrewd in the realm of diplomacy and make and break alliances with others. Grow your wealth and military power, develop your dominion and fulfill your duty to partake in the crusades to the Holy Land. All the while experiencing events of the strange and dangerous life of a medieval ruler. Will you create the most powerful dynasty of medieval Europe to triumph - or downfall? Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?


Player Reaction video


Hands-on previews:



"Being a bad dad in Crusader Kings The Board Game

"It’s an appealing premise: all of Crusader Kings’ drama and intrigue in the length of time it takes me to get through a couple of years of the PC game. The real hook, though, is the social layer, with everyone looming over a map, making pacts and plotting in whispers. Crusader Kings The Board Game does what Crusader Kings 2 just simulates."




"The Crusader Kings board game brings the medieval soap opera to your tabletop"

"It’s very much the kind of story engine that fans of Crusader Kings on PC will enjoy. In just a handful of plays of the game I’d seen the kinds of stories that you play dozens of hours of the PC game for. I saw a king of England assassinated and married off three awful daughters to make room for a useful heir in my crowded house. … Overall, Crusader Kings felt like a game that was true to the PC legacy while shedding the more onerous simulation of a grand strategy experience for a sleeker form. " Link:



"A Hands-on Look at Crusader Kings"

”Crusader Kings, a sort of Diplomacy meets hand management meets soap opera title … There’s a very high interactive component in Crusader Kings, and the idea of a map game that doesn’t just rely on who takes over the most regions is very appealing.” Link: 

Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. We have published several award-winning tabletop role-playing games and critically acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.

Our first game, the post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules 2015. The sci-fi adventure Coriolis - The Third Horizon, was awarded a Judge's Spotlight Award at Gencon. And we are proud to say that our latest roleplaying game Tales from the Loop RPG based on Simon Stålenhags iconic artbooks made a grand slam at the ENnie Awards 2017, winning five Gold ENnies - among them Best Game.

Our upcoming fantasy RPG is Forbidden Lands, with art by critically acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag and iconic Swedish fantasy artist Nils Gulliksson, lore by fantasy author Erik Granström and game design by the team that created Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis: The Third Horizon and Tales from the Loop RPG. Forbidden Lands was the third most successful RPG Kickstarter in the world 2017 and was recently named one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2018 by EN World.

We have also released the critically acclaimed art books Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loop by artist Simon Stålenhag. His third book The Electric State has been released by Free League Publishing exclusively to the backers of the kickstarter campaign.

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