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Ivanhoe: The Age of Chivalry
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Ivanhoe: The Age of Chivalry

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 20-60 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Publisher(s): GMT Games

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Product Description

Take on the role of a knight and join the prestigious tournaments at the king's court. Use your cards to win the jousting competitions, or fight with your sword, axe or morningstar. Rally your squires, gain the support of a maiden and play action cards against your opponents. The first player to win four or five different tournaments becomes the overall victor. The game consists of many consecutive tournaments. The player who starts the tournament determines which weapon will be used in it. A tournament may start as jousting, as a fight with swords, axes, or morningstars, or as a fight without weapons. Usually a tournament is fought with the same weapon throughout. However, some action cards allow the players to change the current tournament weapon.

A player who wins a tournament receives one token of the final color in which the tournament was fought. However, a player who wins a jousting tournament may take any color token (due to the prestige of the jousting tournament). Let the tournaments begin!

Product Information


  • 110 full-color Playing cards (70 color cards; 20 supporter cards; and 20 action cards)
  • 25 colored chips (tokens)
  • 7-page Rule Book (includes Sample Tournaments)

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 23 reviews

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One of Mr Knizia's best
September 19, 2008

Brilliant. Just brilliant. Quick, fun, and the theme fits perfectly. It's been our Tuesday night game sesh opener for, oh, years now. We have a great laugh with the role-playing ("Thy maiden's good name has been besmirched, sir!") and stitching-up ("T'would appear thy lance was made out of balsa-wood"). And it's easy to get into -- when people turn up halfway through a game, they just get a hand of 8 cards and off they go. I got very sad a few years ago when it became out-of-print, as my copy was becoming a bit tatty. So huzzah when it was reprinted!

Great Beer and Pretzels game,(go easy on the pretzels)
September 06, 2008

I wrote a review of this game in 2002, this summer I've been pulling out some quick playing card games that I can play with non-gamers and gamers alike. While sampling a friend's micro-brew selections a group of us played Ivanhoe. It was a great time. I credit GMT for departing from there serious wargames to produce this game and I think some of the newer games have kept this one in the closet for a bit, but I just wanted to remind gamers of this fun little gem. I keep seeing Rage, Slide 5, and other neat little card games on the Top Seller section. If these appeal to people maybe they should look over the rules to this game and they might make it a staple. A cold brew seems to add to the strategy!

by Paul
Ivanhoe: Great Party Game!
September 22, 2006

Ivanhoe allows you to play a quick competitive game with some interesting twists by using "special" cards to alter the game flow. The simple concept of winning four of five possible color related battles makes it simple to learn. I highly recommend!

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