The Siege! at Carrickfergus Castle App is now available to download for free for Android and Apple mobile devices. The Siege! app contains a mission-style game and an interactive map that explores Anglo-Norman military strategy and the defensive architecture of the Carrickfergus Castle. The game is best played on location at the castle and uses interactive role-play and atmospheric video to bring the 1315-16 Bruce siege to life.
Edward Bruce invaded Ireland in 1315. Carrickfergus Castle was the Earl of Ulster’s seat of administration, it was of strategic importance and key to a successful campaign in Ulster. Edward Bruce lay siege to the castle for a year between september 1315-1316. The siege of Carrickfergus Castle app is based on Bruce’s siege of Carrickfergus Castle. The following research was used to create the game’s narrative and provides historical context. Continue reading “Edward Bruce’s Invasion of Ireland”
We had a great first day filming medieval reenactments of the the 1315/16 Bruce Siege at Carrickfergus Castle with Irish Arms. These scenes will be used in the latter part of the Siege! app when the user mush decide how best to defend the castle against Edward Bruce’s Scottish attack. Continue reading “Siege! Medieval Reenactments”
Last Friday I was out on the road visiting medieval castles in County Down as part of research for Carrickfergus Siege! app. First stop was Dundrum Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification situated on a hill, 10 minutes walk from Dundrum’s main street. The site consists of the remains of a 17th century manor house, 12th Century curtain walls and 13th century keep and gatehouse. Dundrum Castle was began by John de Courcy in the 12th century to guard the land routes from Drogheda via Greencastle to Downpatrick. Continue reading “Dundrum Castle”