Here I Stand board game
Here I Stand board game

Here I Stand

The lineage of Here I Stand includes descent from both SPI's A Mighty Fortress (published in 1977) and GMT's The Napoleonic Wars (2002). Reusing the theme of A Mighty Fortress, the game improves on its predecessor with a much deeper system to handle religious conversions, the additions of New World exploration and Mediterranean piracy, and the explicit inclusion of minor powers that can be coerced into the conflict through card play. Borrowed from The Napoleonic Wars is the use of important cities to determine economic strength and elements of the land combat, avoid battle, and interception systems. Many game mechanics borrowed from The Napoleonic Wars were simplified to ensure a fast-paced game despite the wide range of factor considered by this design.

From this base, the game adds mechanics unique to the 16th Century, including heavy use of short-term (and unreliable!) mercenaries, explicit wintering of armies, and the mercurial nature of siege operations, especially against targets that can be resupplied by sea.

Here I Stand is an innovative game system, being the first to integrate 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 2, 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.

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  • Incredible.
  • --Mar2006-- Just got this one. Looks extremely cool, though I can't say I'm terribly sanguine about the chances of getting it to the table.--Nov2008-- Cool! A (partial) play! I'm really looking forward to seeing more of this, it seems extremely delightful. I love the asymmetry and color. The gameplay seems sensible, too. I just need to assimilate more rules. I'd guess this could hit a 9 if I could play it on a regular basis.
  • Great game, but impractically long, which reduces my rating.
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    Rating after 4turn learning game. Could go up more from here.

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