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So I'm currently listening to Roger Crowley's Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World.

The part about the siege of Malta has been absolutely gripping, and naturally, I started wondering what sorts of games might be out there. It looks like there aren't many. I was only able to find Knights of Justice: The Siege of Malta, 1565.

There's plenty of WWII stuff on Malta, though!

Is anyone familiar with any other 1565 siege of Malta games? Any comments on Knights of Justice, from those who are familiar with it? Is it worth a look?
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I can't help you with a game suggestion but if you want to read more Ernle Bradford's 'The Great Siege' (1961) is a great little book..Bradford was a British historian who dealt mainly with naval topics and had a special interest in the Mediterranean
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I think there was a free print and play game about this topic from the german society for historical simulations (GHS). It was on their website but i can't find ot anymore.
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No idea about a game, but wanted to second your praise for the book. Really good stuff.
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I read that book last year and was very impressed. The story about the Knights suddenly finding the fresh water spring in the basement of one of the buildings sticks out in my mind.
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Stop that! Stop that! I have a stack of books already to read. I do not need...stop...noooooooo!

*click*

This is sort of crack for history buffs. "Last night I did a line of the Middle Ages. I was seriously doing some Malta."
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Sluggonics wrote:
Any comments on Knights of Justice, from those who are familiar with it? Is it worth a look?


Decent little game IIRC - the mag also had some background articles on the siege. One of the better 3W games
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Played Knights of Justice several times when it was first issued and agree with Eddy that it's a decent little game. I have since spent an increasing amount of time each year in Malta and have walked many of the places that featured in the siege - Malta is a living museum and surely the best place on the planet to study the art of fortifications through the ages.

I don't know of any other games on the siege, but it's a fascinating subject, worthy of a new treatment. I would be the first in line if such a game were to be published.
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I would agree that Knights of Justice is one of the better magazine games that 3W put out. It's can be rather frustrating to play the Turks, though. Also has one of the better looking maps I've seen.


Also agree - superior for a subscription game, but I think the Knights are a little better than the Turks.

The article is really good also, as it explains issues like the ground on Malta was too hard for tunneling operations and that had a very large impact on the seige, realtive to most medieval seiges. Anyway, it really helps understand how the tiny garrison withstood the overwhelming Ottoman power at the time.
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Thanks for the recommendations on Knights of Justice. I was able to find a copy on eBay for $7. Look forward to trying it out!
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Ernle Bradford's 'The Great Siege' (1961) is a great little book..Bradford was a British historian who dealt mainly with naval topics and had a special interest in the Mediterranean


Could not agree more - one of my favorite books of all time. Bradford cut his teeth as a Navigator on a Royal Navy destroyer in the Med in WWII. His first glimpse of Malta was sailing into Valetta harbor on a warship. His wartime experience moved him so profoundly that he spent the rest of his life sailing the Middle Sea and writing gripping histories with distinctly Mediterranean and nautical themes - on Ulysses, Cleopatra, the sack of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade, and Thermopylae, among others.

In my next life, I want to come back as Ernle Bradford.
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Its so cool you mentioned this, I was just looking over the last month for the same thing, and purchased Knights from a seller here. I love the map.

I would add to my recommendation for the The Great Siege. Great book.

I had also read a fictional novel called Knights of Iron, by Nicholas Prata. A little heavy handed on the catholic knights bit but still a good read if you are interested in the siege.

This battle needs a new game, and I wish I had the design chops to design it. I do think of it though!
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Atraxrobustus wrote:
Ernle Bradford's 'The Great Siege' (1961) is a great little book..Bradford was a British historian who dealt mainly with naval topics and had a special interest in the Mediterranean


Could not agree more - one of my favorite books of all time. Bradford cut his teeth as a Navigator on a Royal Navy destroyer in the Med in WWII. His first glimpse of Malta was sailing into Valetta harbor on a warship. His wartime experience moved him so profoundly that he spent the rest of his life sailing the Middle Sea and writing gripping histories with distinctly Mediterranean and nautical themes - on Ulysses, Cleopatra, the sack of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade, and Thermopylae, among others.

In my next life, I want to come back as Ernle Bradford.



One of the things that really comes through in the book was though the heavily armoured Knights were the hard fists of the defence the backbone was the local Maltese themselves..the same in World War II..a resiliant people
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His book on Hannibal is amazing as well. Lots of fun to read, and very engaging. One of my favorite books, actually.

navigator37 wrote:
Atraxrobustus wrote:
Ernle Bradford's 'The Great Siege' (1961) is a great little book..Bradford was a British historian who dealt mainly with naval topics and had a special interest in the Mediterranean


Could not agree more - one of my favorite books of all time. Bradford cut his teeth as a Navigator on a Royal Navy destroyer in the Med in WWII. His first glimpse of Malta was sailing into Valetta harbor on a warship. His wartime experience moved him so profoundly that he spent the rest of his life sailing the Middle Sea and writing gripping histories with distinctly Mediterranean and nautical themes - on Ulysses, Cleopatra, the sack of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade, and Thermopylae, among others.

In my next life, I want to come back as Ernle Bradford.
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Synchronicity or such : this month's (October) issue of Miniature Wargames has an article on the siege and how to wargame it
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I just posted an AAR of my playthrough of the The Battle of Lepanto...

Showdown in the Ionian Sea - October 7, 1571

I received my copy of Knights of Justice: The Siege of Malta, 1565 and have that all punched, clipped and ready to go. I plan to set it up at the club tomorrow and do an AAR of that when finished as well.

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Also now have posted the first of (hopefully more) DAR videos for Knights of Justice: The Siege of Malta, 1565. I'll probably hit this about once a week, as I have it set up at my club.



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