Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation 1517-1555 is the first game in over 25 years to cover the political and religious conflicts of early 16th Century Europe. Few realize that the greatest feats of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ignatius Loyola, Henry VIII, Charles V, Francis I, Suleiman the Magnificent, Ferdinand Magellan, Hernando Cortes, and Nicolaus Copernicus all fall within this narrow 40-year period of history. This game covers all the action of the period using a unique card-driven game system that models both the political and religious conflicts of the period on a single point-to-point map.
There are six main powers in the game, each with a unique path to victory:
The Valois Dynasty of France
Here I Stand is the first card-driven game to prominently feature secret deal-making. A true six-sided diplomatic struggle, the game places a heavy emphasis on successful alliance-building through negotiations that occur away from the table during the pre-turn Diplomacy Phase. Set during the period in which Niccolò Machiavelli published his masterpiece "The Prince," backstabbing is always possible, especially because the card deck is loaded with event and response cards that can be played by any power to disrupt the plans of the powers in the lead.
Here I Stand integrates religion, politics, economics, and diplomacy in a card-driven design. Games vary in length from 3–4 hours for a tournament scenario up to full campaign games that run about twice the time. Rules to play games with 3, 4, or 5 players are also included. The 3-player game is just as well balanced as the standard 6-player configuration, taking advantage of the natural alliances of the period.
Four full-color counter sheets
One 22" × 34" full-color mapsheet (Deluxe edition: Mounted Mapboard)
110 Strategy cards
Ten 6-sided dice
24-page Campaign Manual
Six 8.5" × 5.5" Power Cards
Two Player Aid Cards (two-sided) Game Features
The 2010 Deluxe Edition also contains the 2-player variant rules and cards
Two-Player Variant: A variant that includes 19 new cards (a Diplomacy Deck) that allows two-player play and was released by GMT Games in their C3i magazine #19 on August 8, 2007. This variant is included in the second printing of the game (Deluxe Edition - 2010).
English Deluxe Edition, Second Printing: includes mounted map, the two-player variant deck and rules integrated into the rulebook, and better quality counters.
These player guides are designed to get the 1517 scenario set up and running as quickly as possible.
Included with the list of units, starting Victory Track location and color images of the map are brief histories of each starting ruler. Cards and events that are seen in these histories are emphasized with bold or color-coded text.
This should give people unfamiliar with the history a context on how the real events played out during the Wars of the Reformation. Will players adhere to historical accuracy, or will they divert suddenly and change the course of history?
For the first two turns of the most played scenario, this will help newbies get on their feet.
I recommend combining these sheets with the written 1517 strategy advice on the Here I Stand homepage: http://home.comcast.net/~ebeach/tips.htm
1532 is the definitive Here I Stand scenario for its manageable length, balance, and variety. However, it gets underplayed due to 1517 being the poster boy. Here is a strategy tip sheet to quickly orient players to the demands of the scenario.
Applicable to the tournament scenario.
based on the Action summary uploaded by poifpoif, I created these separate files to print and give to each player, in preparation for the game.
Original file: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/91352/summary-or-rules
New Italian war has begun.
This is a 4 turns scenario mainly about:
queen Mary I Tudor (English player fully participate in the game),
and spread of calvinism.
The scenario file contains:
new counters (3 new debaters)
and scenario rules and setup.
Your comments, VP scores (after the gameplay) and advices are welcome.
Bartolomeo de la Casas and Juan Gines de Sepulveda,
Kanuni - Muhibbi and his architect Sinan,
Sigismund I the Old Jagiellon,
War with Portugal in the Indian Ocean.
Posted with permission from Ed Beach