Here I Stand - Man, that is some game!

Marathon Session Sets Up Gaming Group for Future Here I Stand Play


We finally reached the date for our stab at Here I Stand last night. Six area gamers including me filled out all the major power slots and shrink wrap was broken and rules were scrutinized as we were all tackling this deep game for the first time.
 

Our Board Early in the Game
The group arrived mid afternoon at Joel's wonderful house in Elmhurst. We each had scoured the various resources for learning the game, but we all knew we would be learning together while we played.

I lobbied for playing the Hapsburgs drawn in by their superior capabilities in exploring the New World. Surely, nothing could distract me from that right?

Wrong. Almost immediately I was caught in a quagmire in war with France. Support from temporary ally England was helpful but it was a long time for me to regain what I had lost to France. That happened just in time for England to dissolve our allliance and declare war on the Holy Roman Empire (shouldn't that name be enough to scare him off?) and for the Ottomans to open up a second front on me near Vienna.

My plans for the New World would have to wait.
 

France encroaches on Spain
The Ottomans soon took Vienna but I was able to stall their advance with some maneuvering behind the front lines. Nonetheless, this was more of a delay tactic than anything as they were a formidable land force. On the naval front I had some success though. My naval squadrons were boosted by some loaners from my new Papal ally. Over a few impulses I was able to wipe out the Ottoman corsair fleets and get in some nice hits on the English units parked in the English Channel.

Naval Combat Heats Up Between the Hapsburgs and Ottomans
What I just described was my experience over nearly three full turns and about 8 hours(!). So yes, the game takes a long time to play. In the meantime, the Protestants became a formidable scoring force and was leading for most of the latter half of the game closely trailed by the Papacy. I have to admit the conflict between the two was hard to follow as I was embroiled with my own concerns.

 

Joel making some moves with the Protestants

 

The New World Pays Off


The hour was getting late and we decided to call the game around 11:45pm by finishing the 3rd turn. By that time I had committed to a New World exploration. During the New World Phase, England settled a colony and I drew my Explorer who turned out to be the famous Magellan who provided a nice +4 to my dice rolls for Exploration. Two quick rolls later he had completed circumnavigation, added 4 VPs to my total ( a massive amount considering how poor my scoring had been to that point), and satisfied the hunger I had for taking the Hapsburgs in the first place! A nice high note to end on!

 

 


Magellan, My Saving Grace!
Here I Stand Endgame

We all seemed pretty pleased to have the opporutnity to play the game. Here I Stand has a reputation for being difficult to get a full complment of players to play face-to-face and then one factors the time commitment on top of that . . . who know when we'll be able to do this again!
For sure, I get what the hype is about would love to give it another shot sometime. We made some rules mistakes but that was a fair trade off to get the game to the table.
Not sure if this goes in the buy column for me especially since the folks I am most likely to play with already have it. Maybe I can pick up Here I Stand at 50% off during GMT's next sale.
I'll always gave my circumnavigation feat though!

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Comment by Tony Clifton on July 6, 2012 at 3:04pm

Awesome. This game really is an experience.

Comment by Steve K on July 6, 2012 at 2:45pm

Ty:

 

Just check my Consimworld Social page, it's all there.

Comment by Ty Snouffer on July 6, 2012 at 1:41pm

Hi Steve

Yeah, I noticed you are in the area. How can I find out what kind of games you play? Our group runs events from time to time (Conflict of Heroes July 21st in Plainfield!). We also get together more informally for games like HIS.

Would love to meet and have you join us!

Comment by Steve K on July 6, 2012 at 1:08pm

Hey, Ty:

 

Great report on Here I Stand.  I have played the game with six players a few times at CSW Expo but could never get a group big enough to play at my house. Looks like you are in my neighborhood, Downers Grove, right? Let me know if your group ever needs another player!

 

Steve in Wheaton

Comment by Jim on June 15, 2012 at 5:03pm

Hi Ty, let me know if you need an opponent for a wargame. It seems I finally found some chicago area wargamers that like the old fashined chit games and not video games. I have many games from GMT, MMP and columbia games. I like all genres but especially world war 11 and american civil war.

 

I am on Chicago's northwest side.

 

Thanks for the info.

 

Jim

Comment by Gary Barr on June 10, 2012 at 6:54pm
Sounds like a good time had with an interesting game.

I have not ever had opportunity to play any Wargame with more than 4 people and that only once or twice

Cheers

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