Full 9 Turn Secenario 1517-1555
France: Michael R
England, Hapsburg, Ottoman, Pope, Protestant: Rich, Tim, Dean, Bob, John
This weekend I was finally able to try out Here I Stand in all its 6 player diplomatic glory. This game duplicates the tumultuous period of early 16th Century Europe where players take on the roll of the various heads of state and religious leaders in order to guide their faction through a myriad of challenges. As a CDG (card driven game) design, the game does a wonderful job of showcasing all the colorful events of the period. Players must contend with: pirates, burning heretics, theological debates, exploring the New World, and Henry VIII's wives, just to name a few. This period of history is woefully underrepresented in historical game design, and this simulation goes a long way toward correcting that imbalance.
|Diplomacy Phase: Secret Meetings in Dark Places|
The French and English started the game in a proxy war over Scotland. This would eventually turn into a larger conflict the consumed most of our four turn game. The French launched a failed invasion of Portsmouth but managed to control the English Channel with the loan of the Spanish Fleet. This allowed for the eventual seige and assault of Calais which finally fell in 1535.
|The English and French Prepare For War|
The final standings were: Hapsburg, Pope, France, Ottoman, England and Protestant.