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Mark Mahaffey
United States
Columbia
South Carolina
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9.6
Jun 2008*
All the better, now 2-6 players!
2008-06-11*
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Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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9
Dec 2007*
This adaptation of a multi-player game to a 2-player format is outstanding. It's a fine 2-player game in its own right, and also serves as an introduction to the main game. I actually think I enjoy it more than the multi-player version.

(Is this an expansion or a condensation?)
2013-09-26
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Magister Ludi
Australia
Fremantle
Western Australia
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9
Jun 2009*
Components with C3i #19. A great deck for learning the game. Enables players to focus and learn the niceties of theological debating, reformation and counter reformation attempts. If you do not pay equal attention to these aspects as to the military side, you will probably lose.
Rating increased for this expansion after a couple of plays. Makes the whole game more accesible, and great teaching tool.
2009-06-05
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Carl
Canada
BC
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9
Oct 2008*
Great to have a way to play Here I Stand with just two players in a manageable time frame! The religious struggle between the Protestants and the Papacy is a great story in itself.
2008-05-29*
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Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
Washington, California, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, etc. :-)
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9
Oct 2013
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2013-10-30
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Michael @mgouker
United States
Pembroke Pines
Florida
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8
Aug 2007*
This allows 2 player games of Here I Stand. It is not the same experience as the real game, but it is still a lot of fun. It is basically a religious conflict where each side can also make proxy invasions against the other using the non-player sides. Interesting and has some of the mechanics of Twilight Struggle - you sometimes have to play bad cards against yourself. Recommended.
2007-08-17*
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Dave Rubin
United States
Trenton
New Jersey
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8
Jan 2008*
Not as much fun as the six player original, but a good introduction to the period and an interesting game in its own right.
2008-01-01*
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Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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8
Aug 2007*
Had a good intro to the game with this 2-player version. Hungry for more!
2007-08-24*
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Paul - the
Sweden
Lund
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8
Aug 2007*
Very interesting variant that works better than you would think. Plays much faster than the "real" game too.
2007-08-31*
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Martin
United States
San Diego area
California
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8
May 2009*
A great way to learn the ins and outs of the religious struggle in Here I Stand, the most complex part of the game. It's not just a primer though, but a fun way to get HIS to the table without waiting for a six player opportunity.
2008-02-02*
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Moritz Eggert
Germany
Munich/Germany
Unspecified
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8
Oct 2007*
It works as a 2 player game, even though it will mainly consist of reformation and counter-reformation, so there will be lots of dice rolled instead of exciting board developments and army movements.
2007-10-09*
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Mark Ballinger
United States
Seattle
Washington
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8
Nov 2010
Here I Stand is one of my favorites and this deck opens the possibility of more games. It's not as deep as the original, but there is still plenty of game here. The Diplomacy Deck turns the Catholic/Protestant competition into a tense battle of swinging fortunes.
2008-02-04*
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Wendell
United States
Twin Cities
Minnesota
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8
Aug 2011
Played this twice. It's a good game, much more focused on the Protestant Reformation and the Counter-reformation. Not as good as a six-player game but certainly fun and perhaps a decent way to introduce somebody to the game.
2012-01-29
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Paul Schulzetenberg
United States
Los Angeles
California
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8
Mar 2010
A compelling two-player variant of the main game. The diplomacy deck does a great job of abstracting out the other players without allowing game-y exploits. In many ways, this is easier than playing one of the religious powers in the base game, as it eliminates a lot of downtime that can come from huge battles that you aren't involved in, particularly for the Protestants. Don't get me wrong, this is not as good as the base game, but the diplomacy deck does a good job of simulating the vagaries of fate and whims of other players and forcing you to react to them. When you're in a pinch, you can use this to get your Here I Stand fix.
2010-03-24
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Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
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That's Tim Powers' fictional Samuel Coleridge "quoting" John Milton in _The Anubis Gates_.
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8
Jan 2013
--Jan2013-- Finally (after ~4 years) a play. It's very nice; I need to try to get this to the table more often.
2013-01-26
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Alexander Fitz
Germany
Wiesbaden
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8
Oct 2009*
No as good as the basic game with 3 or 6 players - but good to be able to play this great game also with 2 players
2009-10-08
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Reinhard Mueller
Germany
Gauting
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8
Aug 2012
as part of HIS Deluxe
2011-01-15
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Jack van Riel
Netherlands
Tilburg
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8
Apr 2011
Rating for game with expansion: 8
Adds to the base game:

Adds a two-player option, which makes for a fine game, though nowhere as spectacular as HiS with 3 or 6.
2011-04-30
Andy Linman
United States
Allen
Texas
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7.5
Jan 2010*
Not the epic experience that the full 6-player version gives, but it enables playing a form of HIS with 2 players in a reasonable amount of time, and still has good flavor. Between the reformation/counter-reformation attempts and the debates it will give the dice tower a workout.
2010-01-11
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Mark Casiglio
United States
Bethany
Connecticut
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7
Oct 2008*
One play - I like that I can play this 2-player. Misses the actual diplomacy but as a plus it speeds the game up.
2007-09-16*
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Daniel Berger
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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7
Aug 2014
Rating after two plays. This is a pretty good two player variant considering it was originally designed for six players, and it's a great way to get the game on the table and learn the system when you can't get six people together.

It is a bit of a dice fest with all the reformation/counter-reformation attempts going on, and when you combine the diplomacy deck with the main deck, you can end up with a fair amount of chaos. Maybe a little chaos is good from time to time, but it does leave you with a feeling of helplessness at times. That being said, managing your hand and knowing who to commit where and when for debates is a still an important point.
2007-12-15*
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Lawrence Hung
Hong Kong
Wan Chai
Hong Kong
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7
Feb 2008*
Issue #19 of C3i
2008-02-15*
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Larz Welo
Indonesia
Kalimantan
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7
May 2011
A strong CDG wargame with a religious aspect to it. Enjoyable and fun, but lacking the player interaction of the full game. Read my review for more information.
2012-06-09
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Carlos Ferreira
Portugal
Porto Salvo
Porto Salvo
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7
Jan 2012
The game was a little strangr, but I'm willing to play it often.

It is an excellent alternative to not play it at all.
2012-01-05
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Brian Bankler
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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"Ma! They done killed Rando!"
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7
Feb 2010
Need to get this to the table. Rating based on rules and a solo test drive...
2010-06-11
Luis Sacristan
Spain
Alcobendas
Madrid
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7
Aug 2011
1 Grand Campaign. Turn=5 Years.
2011-08-23
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Philip Jelley
United Kingdom
Hungerford
Berkshire
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7
Feb 2014
I have played this just the once and it works, but my opponent and I prefer 3-on-3 if we play HIS by ourselves.
2014-02-20
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Josh Jennings
United States
San Diego
CA
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7
Nov 2011
This was fun, but involved a little two much set-up for a two-player game. Still, it has really given me the itch to get together six players for the full experience!
2011-11-30
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Andrei Shlepov
Russia
Moscow
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7
Apr 2014
A great opportunity to try Here I Stand FTF for those not having full compliment of players.
2014-05-06
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fuad akil
Indonesia
jakarta
jakarta
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7
Jan 2014
included in here i stand deluxe 2nd printing english edition
2013-03-16
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Ian Noonan
United States
Clayville
Rhode Island
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7
Jan 2014
Good expansion. Cuts down on the 6 players needed for a full game while maintaining the tension.
2014-08-25
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Steve Bauer
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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6
Jan 2009*
It is ok if you must play it with only 2 players but it is much better with 3 or 6.
2009-01-20*
Ian
Denmark
København
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6
Mar 2010
After one incomplete play, I'm a bit split as to loyalty. I love Here I Stand, but this just doesn't seem to work in a fun or interesting way. Too much hangs on the diplomacy cards.
2010-03-17
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Alessio Serafini
United Kingdom
London
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6
Oct 2014
Only tried solo but didn't get the impression the 2-player game works quite as well as the multiplayer.
2014-10-26
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Kalle TRS
Finland
Turku
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Apr 2015
The 2-player variant is mainly a bucket of dice, and the diplomacy cards add another layer of luck, but it's still very enjoyable and plays quick once you get the hang of it. Massive swings of luck can make it a bit tedious sometimes (without the other players keeping a runaway leader in check), but I like it nonetheless. Compared to the regular scenarios this is almost exclusively about the religious area control, and Twilight Struggle plays similarly enough, but is quicker and better.
2015-02-24
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Federico Galeotti
Italy
Firenze
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6
Dec 2014
Interesting addition/variant for "Here I Stand" that enables a 2-players game. But the game loses too much without the full complement of players.
2014-12-10
Walter
Netherlands
Soest
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5
Oct 2010
The good part: potentially increases the chance of getting Here I Stand played.
But.. lot's of the subtle elements of the full game are lost. Good way to learn some of the basics of the game. However, with 2 players I'd prefer another CDW.
2009-09-05
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Sean Chick (Formerly Paul O'Sullivan)
United States
New Orleans
Louisiana
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Fag an bealac! Riam nar druid ar sbarin lann! Erin go Bragh! Remember Ireland and Fontenoy!
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Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?
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5
Mar 2011
Not bad if you only have 2 people, but it pales next to the multiplayer experience of the main game.
2011-02-03
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Ben Smith
Australia
Footscray
Victoria
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5
Sep 2008*
Only for the very desperate.
2009-09-16
Chad Marlett
United States
Plymouth
Michigan
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With no certain future, and no purpose other than to prevail
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5
Sep 2014
preliminary rating based on two plays. one game interesting, other game a complete disaster for the Papacy due to diplomatic card draws. good for getting the game on the table and learning how to play, but quite open to massive card/dice problems.
2007-12-15*
Железный комиссар
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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5
Feb 2010
The only point of this deck is to learn the rules for the Pope/Protestants as a precursor to playing the six player game. It does that job effectively, without being terribly interesting as a game in its own right.
2010-02-23
Seth
United States
Colorado
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4.75
Aug 2010
The luck factor is extremely high, but otherwise comparable in feel to Twilight Struggle (shocking). The military realm is fleshed out enough that it comes out as less of an `abstract representation of events,' which makes the tactical play in HiS somewhat more intuititive.

That said, this rating will probably go down if I ever play it again.

Actually, after a glut of TS I'll probably never play this again. Demoted.
2010-08-22
Steve
United States
Lubbock
Texas
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4
Sep 2014
Actually, strangely enough, it's a pretty good introduction to the HIS game--it really teaches you the basic religious mechanics. In my opinion, the religious rules are the harder ones to pick up because they aren't much like the army/navy mechanics that are a mish mash of all the other CDGs you've ever played (and aren't that hard to learn as a result). It's not a great game by itself but is playable and is a good intro to full blown HIS and its negotiation and 6 player gameplay.

Nevertheless, I would have to say it is well worth buying the C3i magazine with this in it--especially if you have any other GMT games that are in it (I have 3 or 4 other games in the mag so it was a no-brainer). Even just for the 2 player game I think it may be worth buying the c3i #19. Take that as you will.
2012-01-31
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(Mr.) Kim Beattie
United States
Rocklin
CA
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Here I Stand two player variant
Cards and rules included in C3i #19
(August 2007)
2008-04-30*
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James Blair
United Kingdom
Tadworth
Surrey
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Hope to try this, but feel I'd rather play the game with six every time. Good for practice?
2007-10-09*
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David G. Cox Esq.
Australia
Port Macquarie
NSW
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The 2-player dipclomacy deck came as part of C3i #19.
2007-10-24*
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Spencer Beni
United States
Sacramento
California
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Because the 2 player version lacks any "real" diplomatic element ("diplomacy" is done through card play to influence non-player countries), I don't enjoy this as much as the 6 player version. It is, however, a good tool for teaching the game to a new player.
2007-09-03*
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Thomas Heaney
United States
Quincy
California
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Damn it. Where did I put it? Damn thing's too small . . .
2007-09-06*
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Todd Jarvis
United States
Arizona
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Finally I an pick up Here I Stand! Most of my gaming is with my wife, so we need games that scale to 2 players.
Picked up the base game from FLGS and ordered the issue.
2007-09-14*
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Jens Hoppe
Denmark
Frederiksberg
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Two-player variant for Here I Stand. The variant makes me more likely to play the game since I definitely prefer my lengthy and complex games to be two-player affairs.
2007-10-22*
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