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Store:  Card Games, 2-Player Games, Family Games
Edition:  En Garde / Duell
Series:  En Garde
Theme:  Sports
Format:  Card Games

En Garde

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 15 minutes 2

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Manufacturer(s): Abacus

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Product Description

Tactical offense and defense in this elegant fencing card game.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

  • Manufacturer(s): Abacus

  • Year: 1993

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 15 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 700 grams (estimated)

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. An English translation of the rules is provided.

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 6 reviews

Excellent for something different.
May 19, 2000

I look for games with really original ideas, but usually just find a familiar plot with a change of illustrations. This game is great because it is totally unlike anything I've seen before. It's one of very few games that made me say, 'Wow, that's clever.' Don't be put off by the fact that play is rather short. Think of it as an aperitif rather than a main dish.

Fun, Smart Game of Fencing
March 13, 2001

Fencing with cards. Hmmm, what will they think of next?

En Garde is a clever game that does mimic fencing quite well. The gameplay is simple and fast. Three levels of play are offered; none are difficult.

I got two copies and held a little tournament with a group of gaming buddies. The overall winner took home the extra copy. We played, laughed, groused, and were all done in about 45 minutes (three matches played).

It won't be something you play for days/weeks on end. But it is enjoyable and a good game to start the day off, or end it for that matter.

Nice little game.

Elegant simulation.
May 22, 2000

You've all been in multiplayer games where someone takes an eternity to finish their turn (even though you are trying to nudge the player along with very diplomatic phrases like, 'Hurry it up, Bozo!'). But, the big dilemma is, what do you do in the interim? Play En Garde, of course! This little charmer goes a long way on style, and miraculously transports you into the elegance of fencing in a simple card play format. Even though there is not a lot of strategic depth, with the advanced rules (which is the only way to play it) the unique play and quick rounds make it a winner.

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