“Only by preserving our liberty shall we be able to retain the truth of the Gospel inviolate.”

Martin Luther, Life and Legacy

Religious upheavals and territorial conflicts within the Holy Roman Empire

Its October 31st, 1517 and a monk in Wittenberg, Germany nails 95 Theses to a church door asking for reform. Soon, you'll be embroiled in religious upheavals, territorial conflicts, and high politics within the Imperial Courts of the Holy Roman Empire.

You rule as a German Sovereign, managing your realm's cities, determining your citizen’s religious and trade freedoms. Expand your realm by adding cities and needed resources scoring points along the way. Devise strategies to ensure your principality flourishes as leaders and events from the 16th century unfold.

But beware!

A religious revolution is about to take place. Fellow sovereigns know your weaknesses and may be devious. Without the proper support from influential figures (Pope Leo X, Charles V, Prince Elector Fredrick III) and citizen classes, you could fall prey to political, economic, and military attacks - stealing away your territories and power.

Martin Luther, Life and Legacy is a fast-paced card game with a perfect mix of skill, luck, and strategy. It entertains and informs you about the places, events, and personalities of the Protestant Reformation.

You’ll have lots of fun creating your realm of cities, rallying your citizens behind a cause, directing influential leaders, and strategizing to complete events that formed the foundation of today’s religious freedoms. You’ll gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for those who sacrificed to provide the religious liberty Christendom enjoys today.

Along the way, you'll have important decisions to make as your fellow sovereigns take up the causes of Reformation, Catholicism, Free or Crown controlled trade.

  • Will you defend the Old Religion or feed the fire of Reformation?

  • How will you use your influence over powerful historic figures?

  • Will you seek friendship and allies... or take what could be yours?

The future of Christianity is in your hands!

A Word from the Game's Sponsors

2017 is the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Researching, designing, playing, and publishing this game has been real joy and inspiration for all involved.

The game allows you to make decisions that influenced the political, religious, and economic causes of the Reformation - introducing you to the places, people, and events that shaped history.

You’ll direct the most powerful and influential leaders of the day such as Pope Leo X, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, and Prince Elector Frederick III - using their talents with care during game play.

The game’s simple mechanics combined with multiple paths to victory gives it a fast pace providing excitement and opportunity to the very last play. We believe the unique experience Martin Luther, Life and Legacy provides -- will make it a treasured part of your game collection for years to come.

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Check out the informative Educator's Guide for Parents, Teachers, and History Buffs who cherish sharing the fascinating stories and causes of the Reformation. The guide helps start conversations and create memorable learning opportunities during and after game play. Use the Classroom Training Aids document to print large versions of the cards for showing a large group the card details and how they are played.


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Cool Factors

  • Simple rules with lots of options
  • Perfect mix of skill and luck that entertains and informs
  • Faithful to the facts surrounding the Protestant Reformation


DesignerCuriosity Gaming
Average Rating (4)
Publish DateFebruary 29, 2016
Edition500 Year Anniversary Edition
DepartmentCard Games
ThemeEmpire Building
AudienceCasual Gamer
Primary MechanicResource Control
More InfoMartin Luther, Life and Legacy web site

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