Playing and testing the game
The goal of our game is to “write” certain chapters of Luther’s life, which means putting down as many cards as possibly to various stages of life.
To start with we get seven disks (so called marker) and seven cards.
Any three of the below actions can be performed in a turn: drawing a card, opening a chapter, writing a chapter, leading off an action card, replacing a card, marker withdrawal and closing the chapter.
The chapters are written jointly with other players, so we can place cards to any line.
We mark the one we put down with a marker.
With our action cards we can either hamper each other or strengthen our strategy: using the Plagiarism card we can draw a card from the hands of our fellow player, using Book-burning we can clear away cards put down by others and using Sola gratia we have the right to draw from the pack, etc.
We can choose from two modes of the game: the “Melanchthon-mode” (basic game) offers more tactical options. In this case all the seven actions are available, out of which three can be performed in one turn. The other mode, called „Muntzer-mode” stimulates quick and firm decisions. In this case we can perform one single action, selected from the following four: drawing a card, opening a chapter, writing a chapter, leading off an action card. In order to make things easier, at the beginning of the turn the player can draw a card from the pack.
The game has been tested in several, various circles: in board-game exhibition in Germany, at pastor conference, in schools and in circles of friends, with more or less experienced players. A total of more than one hundred games had been played by the time the game gained its current shape.
Detailed game rules will be published later.