Norman Church

By on 30 July 2014

This Product is a 48 x 30 inch, full color battlemap of a Norman Church.

The Product comes with the Square, Hex and No Overlay versions and the Virtual Tabletop Maps (VTT), it also has a 360 view of the interior or the church.

“To arms! The Seljuk Turks come to defile our holy church!”

The bell tolls and signals it’s time for worship…or for war.

Norman Church is an internal view of a Norman Romanesque architecture Catholic Church with an external view of the surrounding graveyard.

Norman Church is intended for use in fantasy games or historical games set in the middle ages. It could also be used in modern games as a Norman church still standing in the present day.

Adventure hook for use with this product.

Defense of Antioch: The Seljuk Turks are trying to push the Norman crusaders out of the Principality of Antioch. Casualties have been high, the many graves surrounding the church attest to that. The remaining Norman crusaders watch over the church from the bell tower. The Norman crusaders have spotted an army of Seljuk Turks coming to attack their church. Players can take the role of the Norman crusaders and priests defending the church or they can play as the Seljuk Turks trying to overcome their defenses and push them out of their land.

Historical background:

Norman culture began when Vikings were ceded the land of Normandy by France. These Vikings adapted by incorporating the local Romance languages and Romanesque architecture as well as converting to Christianity. Norman Churches were copied from original Frank designs.

Norman Church has several examples of Norman Romanesque architecture characterized by features like high arched doorways and a fortified tower for defense of the church.

Norman churches were most commonly found in the United Kingdom, eastern Ireland, northern France, southern Italy and Sicily, Malta, Cyprus, and the Principality of Antioch (This area is part of Turkey and Syria in the present) during the Crusades (The height of Norman influence was 1000-1100 A.D. The culture became Anglo-Norman after their conquest of England before finally becoming subsumed as part of the English culture as their culture mixed with their Anglo-Saxon subjects.) Churches in Italy often incorporated more Islamic, Lombard, and Byzantine architecture giving rise to a Sicilian Romanesque style of architecture. Most surviving Norman churches in modern times are in the United Kingdom.

You can buy this product from DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.

About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar "Living" campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave's first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft). Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He blogs at dave.mcalister.org.uk.

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