A Megagame of Spanish Hegemony 1565-1585
By Ben Moores
London - 16th July 2016
It is 1565 and the Hapsburg Empire reigns supreme. They have defeated French territorial ambitions, stopped the Ottoman onslaught and seen off the German Protestant rebellion. They own much of Europe through inheritance and claim most of the New World by Papal bull. But a legacy of debt, a renewed military challenge from the East and religious discord means that the empire need to arise once again if it is to continue to dictate the future of Europe.
"The Spanish Road" is a game
about the religious and nationalist discord and geo-political challenges
facing Spanish hegemony in Europe between 1565 and1585. The game will
emphasise both international and domestic politics as leaders attempt
to drive centralization and achieve religious conformity uniformity in
the face of spiralling religious violence and international interventions.
The game will cover the Dutch revolt, Elizabethan politics, French religious
wars, new world piracy and battles for control of the Mediterranean.
The game will look physically similar to
the "Renaissance and Reformation" mega game but the structure
and mechanics will focus more on domestic challenges. "The Spanish
Road" will use the card mechanics of "Successors", the
decision making problems of "AD69" and the cross competing objectives
of GMT's COIN games. This will overlap with the social paranoia of "Watch
the Skies" and modern hidden role games to create a fun simulation
of a major European turning point.
Where will the Spanish road lead?
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