Gameday First Play – Guillotine

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Off with his head!

No wait, not his head, the guy 2 places behind him…

The French Revolution is famous in part for the use of the guillotine to put nobles to death, and this is the macabre subject of this light card game. As executioners pandering to the masses, the players are trying to behead the least popular nobles. Each day the nobles are lined up and players take turns killing the ones at the front of the line until all the nobles are gone. However, players are given cards which will manipulate the line order right before ‘harvesting,’ which is what makes the game interesting. After three days worth of chopping, the highest total carries the day.

This is a very simple, fun game.

There is a Guillotine…

Guillotine Standee

Lined up at the Guillotine are 12 people waiting to get their head chopped off.

Guillotine Gameplay

Each player plays cards from their hand to manipulate the queue with the point being that after you play a card you draw a card and whoever is closest to the Guillotine is beheaded and added to your score pile.

These ‘Nobles’ have various points assigned to them such as┬áMarie Antoinette is worth 5 points but ‘The Crowd Hero’ is worth -3.

So the goal is to score as many points as possible over 3 rounds, each with 12 new Nobles.

Some cards you play give bonuses for collecting a certain colour of Noble and can remove cards from other people scoring pile.

Most of these cards move people up and/or down the queue a number of places.

It’s fun and light, good game.

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