Castles & Crusades Screens, CK

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SKU: TLG 80126

Description

The Castle Keepers Screen is a complete four panel shield for the beleaguered Castle Keeper to keep their notes, monsters, miniatures, and dice well hidden from prying eyes. This screen is a single accordion style screen made of durable board and laminated for protection.

From the Player’s side this screen sports the Jason Walton Tribute covers, as seen on the C&C Castle Keepers Guide, 3rd printing and the C&C Players Handbook, 8th printing. These paintings depict a giant efreeti coming from the sea of fire on the one hand and the ruminations of a conquering party and their treasure on the other.

From the CK’s side this screen holds a wide range of very useful material, allowing the CK quick reference for a wide variety of circumstances.

  • Meals, Lodging, and Stabling: the prices for simple meals, a roof over the head and where to put the steed are all front and center.
  • Random Names: taken directly from the Book of Names, this sampling includes scores of names that you can build into multiple names for quick inclusion into the table.
  • Combat Maneuvers: all the combat maneuvers, from the CKG and the Players Handbook.
  • Cover: modifiers for cover.
  • Ranged: ranged combat modifiers.
  • Situational Mods: prone, attacking from a moving platform and more.
  • Surprise: CL adjustments to surprise, from the time of day to where the individuals are located.
  • Impact of Negative HP: the impact of damage beyond zero and what the player character can do.
  • Time and Light: A breakdown of the increments of a round and beyond as well as the area lit by various light sources from the mundane to magic.
  • Turning Undead: all three classifications of undead and how many are affected by a successful turn.
  • Unarmed Combat: we have a down and dirty on the grappling rules, all updated from the Players Handbook, 8th printing.
  • Saving Throws: the screens list each type and category of saving throw and associated attribute.
  • Movement Rates: Movement can be easy or as complicated as you want it. A quick break down of the several charts with clearly defined arrows on what to do next rides the final panel.
  • Swimming and Drowning: there are swimming movement rates and the drowning rules.
  • Underground Movement: there are underground movement rates based on terrain.
  • Weather: a listing of weather and the impact of moderate, bad, and severe rounds this massive info pack out.

This particular single screen departs from our previous heavy board multiple screens, is light, durable, and printed here in the United States of America.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 0.75 in
Type

Four Panel Screen

Printing

7th Printing

Page Count

Four interior panels.

Color

Full Color

Updated

10/24/2023

Product History

The Castles & Crusades Castle Keeper's Screen(s) History This is the long story of the Castles & Crusades Castle Keeper's Screen(s). Shortly after the launch of the Players Handbook in 2004, everyone recognized the need for screens and several early attempts to make them as inserts in binders had come to naught. Steve Chenault was determined to have a four panel screen, one much like the famed AD&D screen that he and Davis had gamed with as children (and which still exists, enjoying a quiet retirement in some drawer in the print shop somewhere or other). The issue was however finding a printer in the United States that was both affordable and could manage a four-panel screen wad. Because of this, the project suffered an almost continual delay until Polymancer Studios out of Canada stepped into the picture. How Steve found the printer is now lost to history, he thinks it may have been at a convention in Fort Wayne Indiana where he ran into someone who tipped him off, but however the contact was made, the printers were more than happy to meet the requirements. Though the printer wasn’t in the U. S., they were in Canada, a perfect replacement (unbeknownst to most, the first four books that TLG ever had printed was at Priny Print and Litho in Canada). The first screens were laid out by Peter Bradley and contained material extracted from the PHB and a little monster material. The result was a huge, four panel canvas by Peter Bradley, sporting a group of characters making their way to a locked door while a two headed dragon hounds them with all manner of breath weapons, with a magical sphere deflecting the dragon’s dousing flame. The first screens were coupled with an adventure, The Golden Familiar, which sported a simple white cover. This was done to give a starter adventure for the screens, but also a place to put the barcode and stock code without mangling the outer panels with pricing.  The Golden Familiar is a fast-paced combat adventure that takes the party to a castle that circles a mountain, guarded by a dozen gates. Based on a game Steve ran for the players in the Aihrde game, it introduced new parties to C&C, placing them in a precarious situation to test and tease out their play styles. The C&C CK Screen(s) 1st printing debuted in January/February of 2007. When they sold out, the screens were replaced with an almost identical set. The 2nd printing of the screens was manufactured in the TLG print shop. These were identical to the first, however, The Golden Familiar earned its own cover at this point, which was adorned with the green bands famous from the 4th printing of the PHB, M&T and CKG. These were made using a traditional glue roller and cover and were manufactured with tremendous care by our print master Mark Sandy. The four-panel approach remained intact, but the four panels did not. The screens came in sets of 2 two panel screens. These screens coincided with TLG’s attempt to expand their shop into hardcover books. These screens came on a much heavier, 98 or 110 point board. The C&C CK Screen(s) 2nd printing rolled out with heavy board in 2009, making TLG one of the first, if not the first, companies to put their screen on heavy game board. The Golden Familiar remained as part of the screen package. There were very few of these made as the process was painstaking and suffered tremendous wastage in production. These were replaced by the third print, which saw a great deal of refinement over the glue roller. TLG purchased a case maker for more precision, replaced the glue roller with lami paper, which allowed for a stick and peal with heavy stock water proof paper. This reduced wastage and increased production time immeasurably. The new screens had some minor corrections but remained the same as the 1st and 2nd printing. The C&C CK Screen(s) 3rd printing went on sale in early 2011. Case binding: The process of making the screens was rather involved, and was developed by Mark Sandy. Using the lami paper and regular label (11 x 17), Mark printed the screens to precise measurements, removed the cover sheet exposing the sticky side, pinned that on the case binder, set it to correct measurements, placed the guiding rod down and set the heavy board (two per screen) on the paper. The rod created a gap between the two board allowing it to fold once completed. The corners were nipped, and folded into themselves and tucked. The cover was wrapped around the case, the board, and secured. The final step was taking the interior label paper and removing its cover and carefully laying it on the interior screens. It took a great deal of patience to make the screens. Mark manufactured thousands of these. Steve Chenault and Tim Burns helped occasionally. The next printing, and one that ran alongside the 3rd printing were the first (and as of this writing the only) landscape screens that TLG published. These short, 8 inch high and 16 inches wide, four panel screens sported new art and new interior information. The panels were again printed on heavy 98 or 110 point board and used the lami paper and remained the two 2 panel screens. These proved extremely popular. The C&C Screen(s) 4th printing released in 2012 and remained on sale alongside the portrait screens of the 3rd printing. These screens saw very minor distribution as TLG shifted to selling them exclusively on their own store. Eventually The Golden Familiar was dropped, and the screens sold on their own. The next iteration of the screens coincided with the release of the Players Handbook 6th printing, and sported cover art taken from that book and art that what was supposed to be, but never was, cover art for the CKG. For the first time the inner and outer screens were overhauled simultaneously. More useful information for the CK dominated the interior as PHB content was removed and CKG content put in. The outer screens also sported center boards that had weapon damage and other character-oriented content for quick reference. The C&C Screen(s) 5th printing went on sale in 2014. These screens remained unchanged for many years, only briefly being replaced by the very short lived in screens that sported new cover art. The art was part of a stylistic continuum of works by Peter Bradley, a full, which included the Players Handbook, Monsters & Treasure, Castle Keepers Guide, and Adventurers Backpack. The C&C Screens 6th Printing went on sale in 2019 and coincided with the of the Players Handbook 7th printing. The 6th printing marked the end of the case bound screens. Mark Sandy had long since left the company and keeping up with orders proved ever more difficult, and then at last impossible as the manufacturer of the lami paper went out of business in 2020 and the paper became impossible to find. The screens were out of stock for months, but eventually Steve received a call from one of the sales reps from the now defunct lami paper manufacturer who said they had found a box of it in the warehouse. Scooping it up, the last of the case bound screens were made and sold. In 2021 the next iteration arrived. These sported the new homage art created by Jason Walton and marked the first time since the product’s inception that Peter Bradley’s art did not grace the screens. A manufacturer was found by Jason Vey in New Jersey and a very large print run was ordered. The C&C Screen(s) 7Th Printing went on sale in 2021. Along with the new art, they contained all new interior information, including a name generator. Th 98 point board was replaced by 24 point coated board. Though they suffered in thickness, this printing marked the return of the true four panel in one screen.

Credits

Authors: Content copied from the Players Handbook and Castle Keepers Guide. Cover Artist: Jason Walton