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2012
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2 − 6
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420 minutes
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Virgin Queen
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Elisabeth I.: Die Religionskriege 1559-1598
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Virgin Queen: Wars of Religion 1559-1598 is a game of grand strategy for two to six players based on the military, political and religious conflicts within Europe during the reigns of Elizabeth I of England and Philip II of Spain. Each player controls one or more of the major powers that presided over European politics in that day. Spain is the juggernaut, able to draw upon the vast riches of their global empire. But such a dominant power is sure to have many enemies. The Ottoman expansion towards Spain's Mediterranean outposts remains unchecked. Elizabeth's English sea dogs are poised to raid Spain's overseas empire. And the forces of Protestant reform will soon drag Spain into eighty years of rebellion in the Netherlands. Will Spain find aid from its Catholic allies? Perhaps not from France, where the Catholic Valois dynasty is soon to engage another group of Protestant believers in the bloody French Wars of Religion. And even Philip's relatives in Vienna who rule the Holy Roman Empire may dabble in the Protestant faith instead of remaining loyal to their Catholic heritage and Spanish brethren.

The six powers in Virgin Queen are:

  • Ottoman
  • Spain
  • England
  • France
  • Holy Roman Empire
  • Protestants (Dutch & Huguenots)

Virgin Queen: Wars of Religion 1559-1598 is the sequel to Here I Stand, another card-driven game of grand strategy that covered the previous forty years (from Martin Luther's posting of his 95 Theses in 1517 through the abdication of Charles V in 1556). Players familiar with Here I Stand will find much that is familiar in Virgin Queen as over half of the rule book remains unchanged. New game systems have been put in place to emphasize the changing nature of the conflicts here in the late 16th Century:

  • Religion: Streamlined from Here I Stand, the new rules for religious conversion and rebellion allow actions to be resolved quickly, reflecting the already entrenched presence of both Catholic and Protestant factions across the key areas of religious struggle.
  • World Map: Oceanic expeditions are now under direct player control as they sail to the Caribbean and beyond to seize plunder, found colonies, and attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
  • Diplomatic Influence: Alliances with minor powers (and major powers that can be activated in games with fewer than six players) are now made through a unified system where players buy influence at each of these foreign courts.
  • Weddings: Here I Stand’s secret negotiation phase is still present here in Virgin Queen, but with a new twist. Now you will want to arrange marriages for each of the princes and princesses of your family dynasty with a suitable foreign royal. Will even the Virgin Queen succumb to love and take a husband, or will she jilt that suitor at the last minute once again?
  • Patronage: Your royal court will be visited by artists, writers, scientists, and architects, who all want you to invest in their endeavors for the glory and advancement of the realm. Will you sponsor Galileo, Cervantes, or Shakespeare or instead spend your treasury on a fruitless quest for the Philosopher's Stone?
  • Espionage: Beware, there is also a dark side to this period – a time of espionage and spymasters. In Virgin Queen you can ask your ambassadors to spy on foreign courts, send out handgun-armed assassins, invest in cryptology, and even recruit Jesuit priests for undercover missions of conversion.

There are several different scenarios included allowing your play sessions to be tailored to the number of players and time available:

  • Two-Player Tutorial: Great for new players just learning the series, this 90-minute game pits the Ottomans against Spain during the time of the Siege of Malta and Battle of Lepanto. Uses a subset of the full rules so you can dive in quickly.
  • Campaign Scenario: The full Virgin Queen experience, this eight-hour game can last up to seven turns and is normally played with from 4 to six players. Variant rules allow you to play with just two or three players if desired.
  • Armada Scenario: A quicker game focused on Turns 3 to 6 of the full campaign, this 4 to 5-hour game is ideal for tournament play. Once again supports from 4 to 6 players.

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Components:

  • Five full color counters sheets
  • 22x34 inch full-color mounted mapboard
  • 112 Playing cards & 22 Royal cards
  • Six Power Cards
  • Diplomatic Influence Table card
  • Protestant Spaces card
  • Rules booklet
  • Scenario booklet
  • Ten dice
  • Two Reference cards
  • Patronage Charts cards
  • Royal Wedding card

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Artist: Charles Kibler, Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Mahaffey
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Artist: Charles Kibler, Rodger B. MacGowan, Mark Mahaffey
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2015-04-22
4 concise reference sheet by hecose
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game. If you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made (>250), a complete set is available at my boardgame blog, http://hiewandboardgames.blogspot.com/2010/12/concise-reference-sheets.html
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12 VQ Card List & Analysis PDFs
Strategy and Historical notes for the Virgin Queen Home Cards. An awesome user posted excellent VQ strategy notes in a series of articles in the VQ Strategy forum. Unfortunately, his account was deleted and the excellent notes were lost. Per request, I have dug up a hard copy which I had on hand and have uploaded it here for the further joy of all. I do not know who the original author was, but he did great work that shouldn't be forgotten.
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25 Virgin Queen rules flowchart - print on letter-size paper and assemble
A rules flowchart for the superb Virgin Queen. Print on letter-size paper and assemble.
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9 Virgin Queen Rule Books & Cards Manifest in Traditional Chinese
Virgin Queen規則書和卡牌列表繁體中文翻譯。
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2014-06-01
7 Virgin Queen Campaign mode Setup Sheets
Awful at geography? One sheet per major faction, these clearly show where on the map your pieces should be going. Spain gets the responsibility of the papacy armies, while the other minor faction pieces are on the Protestant sheet.
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9 restriction tables
A modified version of Rich Spilky's VQ tables earlier in the file section making all those rules of circumstance easier to handle. Paste the two pages to a matte or poster board and cut in half for 2 copies.
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2 Component Overview Counter Sheets
A overview of all components of the 5 counter sheets (in German). Eine Übersicht aller Komponenten auf den 5 Spielsteintableaus.
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22 Virgin Queen Card Analysis
William Walker's analysis of Virgin Queen cards. Historical notes and strategy tips for use of each card are given.
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Karty na bazie oryginalnych kart GMT, w języku polskim tłumaczenia Clown-a. Do wydrukowania i wycięcia.
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