Stronghold: Crusader is the second release in Firefly Studios's Stronghold series. Crusader palys a lot like the original Stronghold, but differs in two major ways: Setting: the game is no longer set in Europe, but in the Middle East during the Crusades. There are new Arabian mercenary units that can be purchased in a new building, the mercenary post. They don’t require any resources to produce, but cost al lot of gold. Type of gameplay: where the old Stronghold both had a Military campaign and a (relative) peaceful Economic campaign, in Crusader fighting is the only option. Of course again it offers several choices, but scenarios and campaign focused on management and economics are entirely abandoned.