Tuesday, 9 June 2015

All's fair in love and war

The latest episode of Tabletop features two microgames, Love Letter and Coup. Joining Wil are Felicia Day, and the Fine brothers Benny and Rafi. Who will successfully woo the Princess? Who will manipulate their way to power? Only one way to find out! Click HERE for the video or keep reading for some background info.

Love Letter is a 2-4 player game with only 16 cards! It's a fast paced card game with elements of deduction, risk, and luck. The goal is simple; be the last remaining suitor or have the highest value card out of everyone left. Achieve that and you successfully get your letter to the Princess. To start, 1 of the cards (3 in a 2-player game) is not used during the round to prevent a perfect card count. Each card has an ability and they are played one at a time until only one person is left or the deck is empty.

Don't worry, the game is much more exciting than it sounds! I own this and plan to do a full review of it later in the year so I won't go into too much more detail on the game. All I'll say is that its a welcome addition to my collection. If you want to know more about it, watch the video!

The second game is Coup, a 2-6 player game about buffing and manipulation. My kind of game! Players have 2 cards to start with, use them to eliminate others, and aim to be the last one standing. Sounds very familiar to Love Letter but I promise you its different! Your cards are 2 of 5 different types, each with different actions and counteractions. The key aspect to the game is that you can lie about what cards you have and choose any ability you want. The only problem, people can call your bluff and the mind games begin!

I recently acquired this game and also plan on doing a review for it at some stage. It's roots are based on The Resistance (same publisher) so anyone who likes that and is looking for a quicker game should definitely look into this.