Gameday First Play – Skull & Roses

Posted on by Jesta

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I have all the Roses… or do I?

Skull & Roses is the quintessence of bluffing, a game in which everything is played in the players’ heads.

Such a cute game, reminiscent of Perudo.

You have 4 cards, 1 with a Skull, 3 with Roses.

Skull and Roses Gameplay

You each place one face down, either a Skull or a Rose. You then go around the table either placing another card face down, or, if you’re feeling lucky, bidding on the number of Rose cards you think you can turn over without revealing a Skull.

If this happens, bids increase around the table until everyone lets the current highest bidder get on with revealing cards.

You reveal cards, starting with all of your own, and then the top card of any player in any order. If you turn over the correct number of cards and they’re all roses you win! You flip over your player mat from a Skull to a Rose and you’re one point from victory.

Reveal a Skull? You lose and you are force to discard a card at random back to the box face down. Maybe you lost your Skull! That is bad…

Bluffing is a huge part of this game. Playing your Skull and confidently bidding quite high can make people think you’ve played roses… Playing Roses and bidding low may make people think you’ve played a Skull and let you turn over a low number of cards.

This is a fun game, less interactive than Avalon but more casual fun than Coup. One I will play again and in my game group there is plenty of opportunity.

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