Martin Luther’s 95 Theses
On October 31, 1517 (November 10,1517 under the modern calendar), Martin Luther sent his Ninety-five Theses or Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences to Albert of Brandenburg, Archbishop of Mainz, and posted them on the door of All Saints’ Church and other churches in Wittenberg. The theses were reprinted and retranslated, and distributed throughout Germany and Europe. The posting of the Ninety-five Theses is considered the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, and therefore opens a game of Here I Stand.
The Ninety-five Theses Event
@Tom_Mc’s Protestants automatically convert Wittenberg, and place two protestant regulars there. The Protestants then get to make 5 Reformation attempts in Germany. Reformation attempts are how the Protestants convert spaces from Catholicism, and involve the rolling of a large number of dice. Specifically, the Protestant gets one die for each adjacent protestant space, protestant army, protestant reformer, and two dice if a protestant army or reformer is on the space. The Catholic player gets defense dice: one for each adjacent catholic space, adjacent Jesuit university, and adjacent catholic stack, and two dice if a catholic army or Jesuit university is on the space. The players each roll their dice, and the highest single die wins.
There are frequently ties. The Protestants win ties on reformation attempts for spaces in the target language zone. The Protestants initially win ties on Catholic counter-reformation attempts as well, but over time newer Catholic popes bring a more effective focus on counter-reformation and the Catholics begin to win ties.
The Reformation spreads like wildfire, converting Magdeburg, Brandenburg, Lubeck, and Leipzig. Only the loyal Catholics of Brunswick hold out against the Protestant heresy.
The Heart of the Reformation in Germany
We move on to diplomacy (which you can see from the thread is already happening).
Up Next: The Diet of Worms (in early 1521), where Luther is called by Holy Roman Emperor (and noted Hapsburg) Charles V to the Imperial Free City of Worms to renounce or reaffirm his views in response to a Papal Bull published by Pope Leo X.