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Montsegur 1244 : Introduction

Montsegur 1244 is a story game inspired by the siege of Montsegur in 1243-1244. The castle was home of the Cathars, a group of people who followed a religion with roots in early Christianity. When the castle surrendered, the survivors were given the choice of renouncing their faith or being burnt at the stake. More than 200 chose death, including more than twenty who converted during the last two weeks of the siege.

We know this because inquisitors wrote down detailed accounts from the survivors. We know the names of many of the Cathars; we know who their families were, and we know their vocations. But we do not know why they acted as they did.

Your Task

It is your task – together with the other players – to create a story about who the Cathars were, and why so many chose death rather than to renounce their faith.

You will play the role of one of the besieged Cathars. Through play you will decide the fate of this person. At the end of the game, you must choose one of three fates:

  • To repent before the inquisition
  • To burn at the stake
  • To escape into the night

Montsegur 1244 has no game master. All players work together to create a shared story.




The Historical Montsegur

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