Elisabeth I.

Religions Wars 1559-1998


The wars during the reign of Queen Elisabeth I., between England and Spain on the one hand and the upcoming religious and expansions conflicts all over Europe on the other hand. There are six main powers in this game, England, Spain, France, The Ottoman Empire, The Holy Roman Empire and the Protestant Forces of Dutch and Huguenots.

Elisabeth I. is the sequel to Here I Stand, which portrayed the time between the Posting of Martin Luther's Theses in 1517 and the Abdication of Charles V. in 1556, as regards to topic as well as to mechanisms. Some of the rules from Here I Stand have been adapted to the new situations: Religion as to uprising and conversion - Diplomatic influence can be bought - Oceanic expeditions have been upgraded to direct control by players - secret negotiations are now undertaken to achieve advantageous marriages for the members of your Royal house - your Court now supports and sponsors persons like architects, artists, writers and scientists - and of course such volatile and insecure times are an ideal playground for spies and their methods like cryptology.

Besides the full campaign Scenario the game provides a Tutorial for two players and an Armada Scenario that plays considerably shorter than the Campaign scenario, because if you want to enjoy this you need to plan for a duration of minimum eight hours.  

This short introduction is intended to present the genre of intense historic simulations, maybe make you curious and interested to to try something like this; it is rewarding, even if takes time and effort. Maybe you could have changed the course of history, if you had been in control?


Players: 2-6

Age: 12+

Time: 420+

Designer: Ed Beach

Artist: Charles Kibler, Rodger B, MacGowan, Mark Mahaffey

Price: ca. 80 Euro

Publisher: Spielworxx 2012


Genre: Historic conflict simulation

Users: For experts

Special: 2 players

Version: de

Rules: de en

In-game text: yes



CDG = Card driven Game

Detailed historic simulation

Extremely long playing time for the full game

Shorter Scenarios provided


Compares to:

Here I Stand and other historical simulations


Other editions:

Virgin Queen, GMT


Chance (pink): 1

Tactic (turquoise): 3

Strategy (blue): 3

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

Communication (red): 2

Interaction (brown): 3

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0