|Protestant Alliance (3 players):|
Sweden & Allies
Kingdom of France
Habsburg Dynasty (2 players):
It has been a hundred years since Martin Luther declared his opposition to the official doctrines of the Catholic Church. In that time, the Protestant Reformation has spread all across northern Europe. This has been a point of contention from the start for the Catholic south, but violence has largely been confined to internal disputes within a given country.
Now, in 1618, Protestant unrest in Bohemia, a province of the Austrian Habsburg Empire, ignites one of the largest wars in European history. Protestant Germany sides with the 'heretics' in Bohemia, while Habsburg Spain sends forces to assist their Austrian allies. Denmark and the new Dutch Republic, assisted by England, join the Protestants in response.
At first, the Habsburg forces of Spain and Austria are dominant, as they push deeper and deeper into northern Germany. The entrance of Sweden, led by Gustavus Adolphus, into the war on the side of the Protestants revitalizes hope for the Anti-Habsburg Alliance, but soon a bloody stalemate ensues.
The Kingdom of France, while largely a Catholic country, is determined to prevent a Habsburg domination of Europe. As such, they join the Protestants of northern Europe to defeat the Spanish and Austrians. Europe is about to undergo one of the most traumatic wars in its history, one which will rage for exactly thirty years and, due to atrocities on both sides, will leave 8 million dead, soldiers and civilians alike.
Will you lead the forces of Gustavus Adolphus and their French allies to victory, or will you crush the serpent of Protestant heresy forever and pave the way for Spanish domination?
Created by PerseusSpartacus. Version 1.1 released March 13, 2016.
Thirty Years War is a Map for the computer game Lux Alliance.
Available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
65 MB download.