Love Letter is hanging around Knight Moves Board Game Cafe for you to play next time you visit!
So, what’s the deal with Love Letter?
Love Letter is a quick game of deduction and bluff in which players try to send love letters to the princess. Make sure your letter gets there safely by either eliminating the other suitors or currying favor with the most influential people in the princess’s court.
What makes Love Letter special?
Well, it’s simple enough that the game can be taught in just a few sentences. What’s more, a round of Love Letter takes only a few minutes to play, making it perfect for a lunch break or while you wait for friends to join you at the cafe. The full game of Love Letter lasts several rounds but it’s still satisfying to just play one or two rounds – though it might be hard to resist playing more.
Alright, so what’s the gameplay like?
There is a deck of 16 cards that represents the princess’s court. Each card is numbered 1-8, with the 1s representing the princess’s guards and the 8 representing the princess herself. Each card has a special ability that can be used to gain an advantage over the other suitors – or protect the advantage you already have. To start, the cards are shuffled and one is removed at random and set aside, unseen.
Each player has a hand of 1 card – that’s right, ONE card. On your turn, you draw the top card from the deck and then choose one of the two cards from your hand to play.
Yup, that’s it. Some cards, like the Guard and the Baron, give you a chance to eliminate other players from the round. If all other players are eliminated, the remaining player’s love letter reaches the princess and he or she receives a token of affection, winning the round.
If the deck is empty at the end of a turn, then the round ends immediately and all players reveal the cards in their hand. Whoever has the highest card in their hand gets their love letter hand-delivered to the princess, earning the coveted token of affection.
Play to a certain number of tokens of affection, or just play until you’re done and whoever has the most tokens wins!
I think I get it. Who do you recommend this game to?
Anyone! Seriously. I’ve played this game with all sorts of friends and family with gaming experience ranging from “usually doesn’t care to play a game” to “plays deep strategy games at every chance” and it’s always been fun for everyone. When a game is this easy to learn, plays this quickly, and is this fun, why not give it a try? After all, if you’ve made it this far, you already know how to play! Don’t be fooled by its simplicity – there is a lot of satisfying bluff and deduction in this small package.
Time: 5-20 minutes
Game Elements: Deduction, Bluffing