Monday, July 28, 2014

Game Profile: Love Letter

Win the heart of the Princess in this game of deduction.

Classification Card Game
Mechanics Hand Management, Bluffing
Publication AEG, 2012
Ages 10+
Time 20
Players 2 - 4

Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck.  So the story goes….

…In the wake of the arrest of Queen Marianna for high treason, none was more heartbroken than her daughter, Princess Annette.

Suitors throughout the City-State of Tempest sought to ease Annette’s sorrow by courting her to bring some joy into her life.  You are one of these suitors, trying to get your love letter to the princess.  Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the palace, so you must rely on intermediaries to carry your message.

Love Letter consists of 16 cards representing 8 different individuals from the royal residence.  Included on each card is a point value equal to that individuals’ station.  The higher the point value, the closer that person is to the princess.  Additionally, each card includes text that describes the effect the card has when it is discarded. A game is played in a series of rounds.  Each round represents one day.  At the end of each round, one player’s letter reaches Princess Annette and receives a red token of affection.

Players begin the round with one card in their hand.  On their turn they will draw a 2nd card and then choose one of the two to discard applying the effect indicated on the discarded card.  The object is to knock out the other suitors while trying to retain the highest point value card.  You must always play a card even if the effect is bad for you.  Hope to have one of the 2 Handmaids to discard as she will provide protection from the other players until your next turn.  The Barons allow you to compare hands with another suitor but be careful as the one holding the lower point valued card is eliminated.  If you’re caught holding the Countess with either the King or one of the Princes you will have to discard your Countess card revealing a little information you may not want the other suitors to know.  Once the draw deck is empty or there is all but one player has been eliminated.  Of the non-eliminated players the one holding the highest point value card wins the round and receives a red token of affection.  The number of players will dictate the number of tokens of affection that must be received by a suitor to win the game.

We have an open copy of Love Letter available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.

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