Princes, Popes, and Protestants
Here I Stand is a new 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!
The tournament will use the Tournament Scenario supplied with
the game. The game designer, Ed Beach, will GM the tournament
and teach the game during the scheduled demonstrations on Tuesday
and Thursday evenings (just prior to each preliminary heat).
For the latest details on this new game see the designer's web
The Here I Stand tournament will conform to the new WBC
standards for a Heats Most Wins (HMW) event. Therefore, the following
We will have a preliminary round both on Tuesday and Thursday
nights (7pm each night) to determine our semi-finalists.
The number of semi-finalists will be based on the total number
of players present at the preliminaries, as follows:
Up to 35 entries -12 semi-finalists (two games)
36 - 47 entries - 18 semi-finalists (three games)
48+ entries - 24 semi-finalists (four games)
Semi-finalists are chosen and ranked according to these criteria
(the WBC tie-breakers, adapted for an event with only two heats):
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
*** NEW FOR 2008: We will be playing with a "Natural
Enemies" system. Natural enemies are as follows:
Ottoman vs. Hapsburg
England vs. France
Papacy vs. Protestant
If your natural enemy is the winner of a heat or semi-final,
your VP earned will be dropped to 1 VP below the lowest score
in that gamefor the purposes of determining advancement.
Finalists are chosen first from the semi-final winners; then
from those non-winners with the highest semi-final point total
(ties go to player with higher rank from preliminary rounds).
Alternates will be posted after the second preliminary round.
Alternates are encouraged to appear before the start of the semi-finals
at 9am Friday so we can ensure that all semi-finals are played
with a full allotment of six players. Alternates will also be
chosen for the Final.
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. Considerable effort will go into ensuring that
a full complement of six players are present in each game between
players wishing to advance to Thursday's semifinal round.
Semi-finals: 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).
Please check out the Official Errata and FAQ posted at: http://home.comcast.net/~ebeach
Please note these new two entries in the Errata that have been
added to improve balance in the Tournament Scenario.
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 to Florence.
Scenario - New Special Rule (#4): 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.
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