Gameday First Play – Coup

Posted on by Jesta

This is a first in what I hope to be several looks at games I first played during a Gamesday.

There were only 5 of us ready when the evening started so we played a filler while waiting.

Coup Gameplay

Coup is great for a filler game. It plays 3-6 players and lasts around 15 minutes.

You are head of a family in an Italian city-state, a city run by a weak and corrupt court. You need to manipulate, bluff and bribe your way to power. Your object is to destroy the influence of all the other families, forcing them into exile. Only one family will survive…

The game has just 15 cards, 3 copies of 5 different ‘classes’. They are known as your influence. Each player is dealt 2 face down and the goal is to remove all the other players cards before you run out.

Removing someone’s influence makes them turn their card face up, revealing it to all players.

Coup Event Card

These are the characters and your options. On your turn you can do one of them. For example, you can say that you are going to tax with your Duke and take 3 coins.

Now, you may not even have a Duke, your cards are face down, no one will know. It’s up to your opponents to use the knowledge of the cards revealed so far to determine if you’re bluffing.

Coup AssassinThey have a chance to call you out. If they’re right, you choose an influence to lose, if they are wrong, you reveal your card, put it back face down and they lose an influence.

EDIT: You don’t put the revealed card face down, you shuffle it back into the deck and draw a new, secret card.

I came second in the first game feeling confident not having to bluff with my Duke and Assassin combo.

EDIT: I recently learned most new players don’t bluff!

I knew what to do pretty much, I did make a n00b error when I played a Coup which pretty much cost me the game but you live and learn.

The second game was harder. I had an Assassin and a Contessa. The plan in my head was “Bluff Ambassador and get some new cards”. I went third and the players before me use the Ambassador ability revealing all 3. That messed me up a bit, I wasn’t thinking and I just used Income. Should have just used Tax with my faux Duke. Bah.

Anyway, great game, look forward to playing it again.

EDIT: Diablos now owns a copy, we’ve played it a lot since and still love it.

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