Here I Stand (Video Review)



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, John 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 :

  • The Ottomans
  • The Habsburgs
  • The English
  • The Valois Dynasty of France
  • The Papacy
  • The Protestants


Here I Stand is the first card-driven game to prominently feature secret deal-making. A true six-sided diplomatic struggle, the game places a heavy emphasis on successful alliance-building through negotiations that occur away from the table during the pre-turn Diplomacy Phase. Set during the period in which Niccolò Machiavelli published his masterpiece “The Prince,” backstabbing is always possible, especially because the card deck is loaded with event and response cards that can be played by any power to disrupt the plans of the powers in the lead.

Here I Stand integrates 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 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.

Game Components:

  • Four full-color counter sheets
  • One 22″ x 34″ full-color mapsheet (Deluxe edition: Mounted Mapboard)
  • 110 Strategy cards
  • Ten 6-sided dice
  • 32-page Rulebook
  • 24-page Campaign Manual
  • Six 8.5″ x 5.5″ Power Cards
  • Two Player Aid Cards (two-sided) Game Features
  • The 2010 Deluxe Edition also contains the 2-player variant rules and cards

~ GMT Games


Initial Intro (watch out – way too much camera motion)

Requested Religious Rules


 Wrap and Review from first playing


Thoughts after second



DAR (this is a SECOND playthrough – not related to the intro & review – better vid quality)


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2 thoughts on “Here I Stand (Video Review)”

  1. Really enjoyed this analysis–looks like a beautiful game. I respect your fortitude in plowing through these multi-player games solo. I particularly enjoyed EoTS–and your baptism of fire gave me renewed strength to try myself. You remind me of a long distance runner in the zone, not counting each step, but keeping the whole run in perspective. Also enjoyed your appearances on GUNS, DICE, BUTTER. Between you, Herr Dr. and Marco–I feel more informed than ever about what’s out there.

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  2. Thanks. I was a little worried putting some of these old ones up,
    because my insight with the camera (not to pan – no one pointed
    THAT out, they just told me to use a tripod) hadn’t come yet.

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