Thinking about trying C&C? Players Handbook and Monsters & Treasures available as a free download.

You can try Castles & Crusades for free. The 2 books needed to play, The Players Handbook and Monsters & Treasures, are a free download at
Also, pregen characters and fillable character sheets at

(h/t @DMSamuel )

2 points by indigopotter - updated 32 hours ago | 9 comments | report | subscribe

DMSamuel Supporter32 hours ago | 2 points[-]

By the way, this game has been around since 2004 and while they are on the 7th printing of the player's handbook, it is NOT a 7th edition - the base rules haven't changed except for a tweak to the Barbarian Class and the Illusionist, and an adjustment to the Encumbrance Rules. Everything else is the same and people with all different printings of the player's handbook can sit at the same table and play the same game with no issues (even playing the original Barbarian, before the tweak, would be fine). The only reason there are 7 printings is because they do smaller print runs and have better and better art and paper stock in each one (not to mention they try to fix typos in each printing).

Skurvy5 Supporter8 days ago | 2 points[-]

Did they name it so it would be C&C to jab at D&D? Clever. Honestly I’ve never heard of this system before. 

DMSamuel Supporter32 hours ago | 2 points[-]

No, the name is an homage to the chapter of the International Federation of Wargaming started by Gary Gygax and Rob Kuntz in the early 70s. The chapter was dedicated to medieval miniature wargaming and was called the Castle & Crusade Society. The people who make C&C, Troll Lord Games, knew and worked with Gary for several years before his untimely death. They named their game Castles & Crusades as a tribute and homage/honor to him and the people who started the RPG hobby as we know it. It is just a happy coincidence that C&C happens to come before D&D in the alphabet :)

indigopotter Supporter8 days ago | 2 points[-]

I don't know if jab at so much as "avoid lawyers"... but @DMSamuel probably knows more.

Courageous Bob 11 days ago | 2 points[-]

Having only played a little D&D and a single session of World of darkness, what kind of RPG is C&C?

DMSamuel Supporter11 days ago | 2 points[-]

It is super easy to run and is made for campaigns with lots of roleplaying. Combat is dangerous so is better to be avoided if possible - when you do have combat it can be deadly. Like older editions of D&D you earn XP for gold and derring-do rather than just for killing monsters or as milestones.

Courageous Bob 11 days ago | 3 points[-]

Hmm, could be a good intro one for my friends, thanks!

indigopotter Supporter11 days ago | 2 points[-]

It's like early D&D, with a unified mechanic, no skill set - sort of a simplified D&D.

Courageous Bob 11 days ago | 3 points[-]

Thanks, and thanks for posting the links!

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