Here I Stand

Wars of the Reformation 1517-1555



UPDATE March 2009 - Second PBEM Tournament: The first Here I Stand play-by-email tournament, sponsored by the Boardgame Player's Association, is now complete.  Our second tournament has just started.

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.

Here I Stand! is an innovative game system, being the first to integrate religion, politics, economics and diplomacy in a card-driven design.  There are six main powers in the game, each with a unique path to victory.  The powers are shown below:

Here are some details about the game:

Designer:  Ed Beach

Current Status:  Here I Stand was released in March 2006 and is now sold out from all retailers.  Check out our Order page if interested in ordering a copy when it is reprinted by GMT.

Play Length: Games vary in length from 3-4 hours for a tournament scenario up to full campaign games that run about twice the time. 

Number of Players: 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.


* 1 22" x 34" Game Map
* 4 Full Counter Sheets
* 110 Strategy Cards
* 6 8.5 x 5.5 Power Cards
* 1 44-Page Rulebook

* 1 Religious Struggle Card
* 1 32-Page Campaign Manual
* 2 Player Aid Cards (2-sides)
* 10 6-sided dice  



GAMES Magazine
Historical Simulation Game Nominee 2007

Here I Stand! Wars of the Reformation 1517-1555Copyright 2006 GMT Games