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, Jean 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.
Here I Stand was due for a reprint in 2017, but with October 31, 2017 being the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses, Ed Beach and his team of Here I Stand enthusiasts have put together a series of enhancements to the original game that transform this reprint into a deluxe 500th anniversary treatment.
500th Anniversary Edition Enhancements include:
6 brand new cards added to the deck, including Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Rough Wooing, and Imperial Coronation. Revisions to over 15 existing cards including Copernicus, Master of Italy, and Machiavelli to allow for more exciting in-game play and additional possibilities for diplomatic deals. A new Chateau construction table is now used to resolve France’s Patron of the Arts home card plays. Several Virgin Queen rule updates are incorporated back into Here I Stand, affecting minor power activation, piracy, spice trading, and foreign wars.
Four and a half full-color counter sheets 116 Strategy Cards One 22"x34" Mounted Mapsheet Player Aid Cards (11"x17" & 8.5"x11") Rules/Scenario Book One ten-sided die
DESIGNER: Ed Beach MAP & CARD ART: Mark Simonitch COUNTER ART: Mark Simonitch and Rodger B. MacGowan
Best game ever. Un juego que sale poco a mesa, pero es una fiesta cada vez que sale. Facciones asimétricas en su justa medida. Negociación, batallas relativamente sencillas y un CDG con mucho sabor temático.
A very complete game about the Reformation. Very complex and unique, the game itself is very long, but the experience playing it was very satisfactory. I wish I could play it again soon, now that I understand a little bit more the implications of decisions I made in the beginning of the game, I would make things different next time.
Superb historical treatment and components! Requires an investment of time and effort but the pay-off is tremendous if the theme is attractive to you. If Ed Beach is the designer, you know the research has been given due diligence. This is a newer edition; for more voting history see the top-ranked 2006 edition listing here in BGG.