Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower explains the game in the following video:
Imperial Crusade Armada
• The Imperium Fights For Conquest
• The Star Republic Fights For Freedom
• Only One Can Win
Imperial Crusade Armada is a tactical space combat game that uses plastic cards made of the same material as credit cards to represent each ship on the tabletop. These cards have ship stats printed on them so that everything that happens during a battle can be tracked directly on the card with a dry erase pen. These cards are moved around the table like a miniature and everything is recorded directly on them. Battles between a few ships can be played in a couple of minutes or massive fleet battles can be played in about an hour.
Unique Game Play
Ship cards represent each ship in a player’s fleet which are moved around the table during combat. The distances between each card on the table is used to determine the range when these ships fire their weapons. A ship card’s position and facing determine what targets it can fire on and which shields defend it from attack. Damage, energy allocation, and system usage are recorded directly on each ship card with a dry erase pen.
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Players create their own fleets by selecting ships available to their faction while remaining within the Fleet Cost of the upcoming battle and then adding fleet tactics to support these ships. Fleet tactics give ships new abilities and allow them to perform special actions. Fleet tactics allow a player to run her fleet in unusual ways so two Imperium players can battle and have totally different strategies for winning.
Glossy and Durable Plastic Ship Cards
Ship cards have different ships printed on either side to increase your fleet building options. These cards have a durable gloss coat that allows them to washed if they ever get dirty. They are very scratch resistant but don't let your dog play with them.
Ship Cards of the Imperium
Ship Cards of the Star Republic
This is an example of a ship card that has been activated and damaged next to an unmarked card. These marks are made with a dry erase pen that can be erased with a cotton swab. The boxes with a dot have been activated or damaged but they are restored at the end of each turn. The boxes marked with a slash are the result of Structure damage so they are not restored during the battle.
These are the 40 Ship Cards in the Set
The first ship is the front of the card and the second ship is the back of the card.
Cards of the Star Republic
3 x Justice Assault Cruiser / Avenger Battle Destroyer
3 x Hurricane Missile Cruiser / Freedom Heavy Cruiser
3 x Independence Command Cruiser / Avenger Battle Destroyer
3 x Liberty Battle Cruiser / Freedom Heavy Cruiser
2 x Nova Gunship / Unity DreadnoughtCards of the Imperium
6 x Crusader Light Carrier / Victory War Destroyer
6 x Fury Assault Destroyer / Victory War Destroyer
6 x Warlord Heavy Carrier / Faith Devotion Ship
6 x Honor Command Destroyer / Victory War Destroyer
2 x Empress Dreadnought / Devotion Cathedral Ship
- (60 days)