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The Castle & Crusade Society was a chapter of the International Federation of Wargaming dedicated to medieval miniature wargaming.[1]



It was formed by Gary Gygax and Rob Kuntz in 1970. Its starting membership included Gary Gygax, Rob Kuntz and Jeff Perren, and as of mid-April 1970, also included Dave Arneson.

Gygax's interest in medieval warfare led him to create the Castle & Crusade Society as a special interest group within the IFW.[2]:6 Gygax's interest had turned to miniature games, so he and co-creator Jeff Perren put together a set of medieval miniatures rules for publication in a C&C fanzine called The Domesday Book; the name of their new rules was "Chainmail".[2]:6

Doomesday BookEdit

Domesday Book #13 (July 1972)

The C&CS published a newsletter called the Domesday Book. Its first issue is dated March 1, 1970; both the first and second issues are only a single page long. As of the third issue, membership stood at only nine persons; circulation of this newsletter would never exceed eighty copies. The fifth issue contained a set of rules called the LGTSA Medieval Miniatures rules which would be expanded and published by Guidon Games as Chainmail in 1971; this being one of the primary predecessors of the original Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. Issue #9 contained a map of the Great Kingdom, the campaign environment in which the cities of Blackmoor and Greyhawk were first initially developed for the purposes of a C&CS play-by-mail game.

Issue #13 of the Domesday Book published some early details, as well as a map, of Blackmoor from Dave Arneson's first fantasy role-playing campaign in July 1972.[3] This article was reprinted almost verbatim in the First Fantasy Campaign (1977), with slightly altered map art.[4]

2008 RelaunchEdit

The Castles & Crusades Society officially re-launched as an online society dedicated to supporting and promoting gaming, especially RPGs, in 2008. The Domesday Book was re-launched with new, quarterly editions beginning in April 2008.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Peterson, Jon (2012). Playing at the World. San Diego CA: Unreason Press. p. 28. ISBN 978-0615642048.
  2. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  3. ^ Arneson, Dave (July 1972). "Facts about Black Moor". Domesday Book. Castle & Crusade Society (13): 6–7.
  4. ^ Arneson, Dave (1977). First Fantasy Campaign. Decatur IL: Judges guild. p. 25.