I ‘ve almost finished my first game of Here I Stand and am sitting in second place. That’s not too bad for a first-timer, although I have to give credit to the fine gentlemen who played with me and who held my hand during the game. All of this playing was done electronically with people around the world and I knew no one other than one person whom I consider one of my closest friends. Now I’m on to my second game, with mostly novice players and one veteran. Once again, all male with the exception of me. And this time I don’t know ANYONE.
What I’d like to do in a series of posts is share my experience playing Here I Stand and wargaming with men. Looking back at my first game, I can certainly see the differences. We’ll see what new ones come up this time around.
First, what is Here I Stand?
Here I Stand: Wars of the Reformation 1517-1555 is a game that covers the political and religious conflicts of early 16th Century Europe. There are six main powers in the game: the Ottomans, the Habsburgs, the English, the French, the Pope, and the Protestants. There are nine turns max and each turn can take an immeasurable amount of time depending on how many maneuvers go on, secret deals, use of cards etc. You have to reach 25 victory points at the end of a turn in order to win and that can happen at any turn. It’s a fascinating game, but hard to explain in a short synopsis. So join me as I play through my second game! (Be warned, the first one took us exactly one year to finish!)
To start with, to play long-distance via email, you need several components.
- At lease six players of course;
- Cyberboard which is basically the map which allows you to track control of spaces, military maneuvers, formations, exploration of the new world, etc;
- ACTS account (Automated Card Tracking System);
- A manual (you will read this like a legal code!);
- A regular email account.
The first time around I played England, a simple country for a beginner although I managed to make my learning process a DRAMA! This time I somehow ended up as the Pope… which is HARD! Time to turn on The Borgias?
More to follow as we conduct the Diet of Worms!