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I'm just curious if there are any games out there chronicling this period of time. I would love to play with guys like Charles Martel, Otto, or Charlemagne and excommunicate people with the pope. I'm very curious if there are games out there with all of the religious politicking and corruption built into it that mimic how it was during this period of time. (I would love to see a CDG come out with this theme, but I don't think there is one...)
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I'm not exactly sure about this because I don't know European history very well, but wouldn't Here I Stand nearly fit the bill?
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Here I stand is much later than the period of time I'm looking for, although I should have been more specific. Otto and Charlemagne were around 800-900 AD whereas Here I stand takes place in the 16th century. The Holy Roman empire did last all the way to the 19th century though. Here I Stand definitely looks cool though, I'm just worried about the complexity and whether it is good enough 2 player to warrant a purchase because I don't think I have 4 other friends who'd be willing to play this often.

Thanks for the suggestion though, I hope I find something more suited to my interests though.
 
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Well, there's always Holy Roman Empire or Holy Roman Empire. I owned and played the older one long ago; it had some good elements but I've felt no angst over having traded it away. Never played the newer S&T game.
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Empires of the Middle Ages fits the bill: the solo/two player scenario is even named for Charlemagne.
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What about Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage? I'm not sure if this quite fits it but worth a try...
 
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Re: Looking for a wargame about the Holy Roman Empire...
mi_de wrote:
Empires of the Middle Ages fits the bill: the solo/two player scenario is even named for Charlemagne.


This is probably the closest thing to what I'm looking for! Thanks for the suggestion. I am worried my girlfriend's head will explode if I try and teach her a game like this though...
 
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Medieval Conspiracy might fit the bill. Still in the P500 though.
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gentlegiantglass wrote:
Here I Stand definitely looks cool though, I'm just worried about the complexity and whether it is good enough 2 player to warrant a purchase because I don't think I have 4 other friends who'd be willing to play this often.

Based on the games you list as owned, there would be no need to worry its rules complexity--they're long, but are in the upper echelon of quality and clarity (in my opinion). Think of it more as a bunch of procedures where no single one is that hard to pick up and learn quickly.

I like the 2P variant (Protestants vs Papacy) just fine, but would never choose to play it instead of the full 6P game, and certainly not as my primary way of playing. In your case I think you would be best served to pass on it and find something more closely matching your criteria.
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The S&T magazine gameCharlemagne seems to fit what you're looking for.
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Romtos wrote:
Medieval Conspiracy might fit the bill. Still in the P500 though.


This looks awesome! Here's hoping that this gets printed. It's a shame that it seems a bit abstracted though. I think that getting the flavor of the period would tide me over for now.
 
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