Bigger (and longer) than Ever ...
Here I Stand (TM) is a multiplayer card-driven game
(released by GMT in February, 2006). Come fight the religious
and military battles of the Reformation, explore the New World,
and keep Europe safe from the Ottoman menace! For the first time,
we will have a longer Final - instead of the tournament 3-turn
scenario we will be using the 1532 6-turn scenario! Same start
as the tournament scenario, but it will allow for more subtle
diplomacy and attention to the "long game". It will
be scheduled for eight hours and will be tightly monitored by
the GM for time and pace.
The event will continue to use the Tournament Scenario supplied
from each game for the preliminary heats and the semifinal rounds,
but the Final will use the 1532 scenario. The game designer,
Ed Beach, will be closely involved in helping to organize the
tournament but he has passed the reins to a new set of GMs so
he can build the Virgin Queen tournament into the success
enjoyed by HIS. Jeff Burdett, Jeromey Martin, and Justin Rice
will be running demos and be available for questions at all times.
For the latest details on these games see the designer's web
The tournament will conform to the WBC standards for a Heats
Most Wins (HMW) event. We will have opening heats on both Tuesday
and Thursday nights (7pm each night) to determine our 18 semifinalists
(or, if we have enough entrants we will expand to 36 for a SIX
Based on these selections, the GM will form an appropriate
number of tables of each game. Preference will be given toward
setting up 6-player Here I Stand tables, but will use
3-player tables if necessary.
Semifinalists are chosen and ranked according to these criteria
(the official WBC tie-breakers, adapted for an event with only
Anyone with two wins
Win in first heat entered
Win in second heat entered
GM Tie-breaker: Total VP earned in all preliminary games played
Average finish in all heats entered
Latest average power selection in heats entered
Here I Stand prelim and semifinal games will continue
to use the "Natural Enemies" system introduced in 2008,
but with only the Ottoman and Hapsburgs as natural enemies. The
one impact of this special tournament rule is as follows: if
your natural enemy is the winner of a heat or semifinal, your
VP earned will drop five (5) points or 1 point below the last
place finisher (whichever is highest).
All semifinal and Final games will be 6-player games. Finalists
are chosen first from the semifinal winners; then from those
non-winners with the highest semifinal point total (ties go to
player with higher rank from preliminary rounds). If we have
enough prelim entrants to justify a 6-game semifinal, then the
winners from each table will advance. Alternates will be posted
after the second preliminary round. Alternates are encouraged
to appear before the start of the semifinals at 9am Friday so
we can ensure that all semifinals are played with a full allotment
of six players. Alternates will also be chosen for the Final
on Saturday morning.
Pairings and Power Determination
Preliminaries: All table assignments are determined
at random (though Team Tournament teammates will be separated).
Players choose powers in the numerical order assigned to them
during the random draw.
Semifinals: Table assignments are done according to
rank from preliminary rounds (distributing the highest ranked
players to different tables). Highest ranked players get first
choice of power at their table.
Final: Semifinal winners get first choice of power
(in order of semifinal point total, ties going to player with
highest rank from preliminary rounds). If advancing from a 36-player
semifinal, order will be based on semifinal VP total and ties
broken with prelim rank.
Please check the Official Errata and FAQ posted at: http://home.comcast.net/~ebeach/
Please note these two entries in the Here I Stand Errata
that have been added to improve balance in the Tournament Scenario
(if you have the 2010 reprint edition these changes are already
1532 Scenario Setup: The Papacy now begins in control
of Siena (SCM) and Florence (HCM). Initial Papal VP thus start
at 17. One Papal regular moved in the initial setup from Rome
Tournament Scenario: The card 'Dissolution of the Monasteries'
(# 63) is normally added to the deck at the start of Turn 5 or
6 if Henry VIII has married Anne Boleyn on the previous turn.
For this scenario, set this card aside at this time. When dealing
cards to the English player for the turn, please give this card
to the English player instead of the first card they would have
been dealt from the deck.
ADDITIONAL CHANGE (new for 2013): the Copernicus card
will be added in Turn 5 AND will only be worth 1VP.
GMT will provide merchandise
certificates for all laurelists of this event in the amount of
$20 for 1st, $15 for 2nd, $10 for third, and $5 for 4th thru