Just in time for the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation, Stronghold Games and Spielworxx are publishing Sola Fide: The Reformation designed by Sola Fide: The Reformation designed by the team of Jason Matthews and Christian Leonhard. Sola Fide:The Reformation is strongly based on the events of the historical Reformation which began in 1517 with Martin Luther’s “Ninety-Five Theses” criticizing the selling of indulgences and the Catholic doctrine of the merits of the saints. The Protestants, who ultimately split from the Catholic church, incorporated doctrinal changes like Sola Scriptura (“by scripture alone”) and Sola Fide (“by faith alone”)–thus the name of the game. The game also incorporates the many other causes that contributed to the Reformation–things like the rise of nationalism and the impact of humanism.
While playing Sola Fide: The Reformation, one player will choose to be Catholic and the other Protestant. They will seek to:
to install Reformation in the Holy Roman Empire or try to prevent it, battling the Holy Roman Empire’s Imperial Circles. The game does not have a game board per say, but rather has 10 board tiles, each representing one of the Imperial Circles. Via card play, the two players try to win these ten Imperial Circles, each of which are worth 5 or 7 points. The game is for 2-players, ages 12+, and plays in 45 minutes.
Matthews and Leonhard have plenty of experience in making historical games. The two designed 1960: The Making of the President, Founding Fathers, and Campaign Manager 2008. Sola Fide: The Reformation is the sixth game in Stronghold Games’ “The Great Designers Series” which includes games from the best game designers in the world. The game is currently scheduled to come outin late October or November of 2016.
This will give two players a chance to have fun matching wits while learning about an important time in the history of the western world.
So, who among you, readers, is planning on playing it?