Now on Kickstarter: Holy Roman Empire

March 16, 2015 - 7:36pm

A six player political & military game of the 17th Century struggle that plunged Europe into one of its longest wars.  Control the major dynasties of the era, fielding armies and navies and engaging in diplomatic intrigue and bribery to decide who will exercise control over Europe!
One Small Step Games announces a new political and military board game that allows up to six players to take part in the battle for Europe during the Thirty Years War.  Designed by Mark McLaughlin, Holy Roman Empire sets a gaming environment that relies on complex economic and diplomatic interaction including alliances, naval actions, the Turko-Polish war, and military, economic, and diplomatic conflict. The heart of the game is the game turn, which is divided into three main phases: Finance, Diplomatic, and Alliances.  After these phases follows movement and combat, the outcome of which will largely be determined by the effectiveness of players' previous strategic actions. Players will be donning the mantle of national leaders and not military commanders.  Therefore, to succeed in Holy Roman Empire, players will need to exercise more skill in diplomatic relations than in military strength.  Although most of the game strategy is carried out in the politician's seat, combat does indeed occur, and can either be conducted via a detailed approach, including a battle map and individual troops, or with a simplified system that speeds game play. A typical game rounds appears like this:
  1. Random Events
  2. Finances a. Receive Income b. Pay Maintenance c. Construction
  3. Diplomatic Bidding
  4. Alliances
  5. Movement
  6. End Turn
The game box for Holy Roman Empire includes the following:
  • One 22 x 34 map
  • One 11" x 17" Battle Map
  • One deck of 72 playing cards
  • 260 back-printed counters
  • One Rulebook
  • One Scenarios Book
  • Two Charts & Tables Folders
This project includes multiple pledge levels and stretch goals and has a primary funding goal of $7,000.  This project is set to end on Monday, April 13, 2015.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.