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König der Elfen

original German edition of King of the Elves

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Alan R Moon

Manufacturer(s): Amigo

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Product Description

The elven king is dead. By tradition, a new king is chosen from the elven princes. In their quest for the crown, the princes leave their castles to tour the villages of Elfenland using the unique modes of transportation available in Elfenland. They first visit the villages in their own realms and then travel to the villages in other realms. In each village, the princes receive a few gold coins as tokens of their visit. To thwart their opponents in the quest for the crown, the princes can place thieves and obstacles along the routes. The prince who collects the most gold in his journeys, will be crowned the new king.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Alan R Moon

  • Manufacturer(s): Amigo

  • Artist(s): Doris Matthaus

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 45 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 469 grams

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


  • 120 cards
  • 75 gold coins
  • 24 heraldic tiles
  • 1 dragon with stand

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.8 in 14 reviews

One of the best card games ever
July 07, 2002

You might be wondering why I say that it is one of the best, when it is so easy to abuse the rules, and break this game? Well if you make some minor rules adjustments, the strategic possibilities of this game are fantastic. Here are the rules tweaks that I would reccomend:

1. After the first turn, deal 8 cards to each player, but have them discard down to a maximum of 10 cards. That way, they get some advantage by keeping cards, but not an undue advantage.

2. Only allow the gold doubling bonus to occur the first time you land on the village.

The first two rules are pretty much necessary, but this third rule is optional:

3. Playing a thief on a village with another players gold card cancels the effect of the gold card instead of giving the player 2 gold for that player. All other players who land there must still give the thief 2 gold.

The fact that you can add and remove villages, buy cards, exchange cards, play obstacles, and thieves, makes for a very challenging and exciting game. Also, the theme of the game, the artwork, and everything else make this game a winner, despite its susceptibility to abuse.

This game plays much better than Elfenland, and has more strategic possibilities. It is also easier to set up and take down.

A must-have card game!
September 08, 2000

I write reviews with family game nights in mind. King of the Elves is nearly perfect!

The game is based on the excellent board game Elfenland and is almost like a souped-up, fantasy-themed Mille Bornes. Players play two phases. In the first phase, village cards are played, and obstacles/bonuses are added, making the 'board' the players will travel on. The second phase, players get as far around the 'board' as possible, collecting coins as they go.

This game is fun, unique, and clever (and the artwork is beautiful!) Everyone I have played this game with has loved it and wanted to play again immediately. The game can be a bit edgy (sometimes all the obstacles seem to affect mostly you and no one else; sometimes you can't seem to get the cards you need to travel) but it tends to balance out through the number of rounds played and through special cards like the knight card. And if you hate card games and have to have a board game, pick up the also excellent Elfenland!

King of the Elves

The good: Fun, fast, very inexpensive, high replayability, beautiful artwork. The bad: As with most card games, sometimes the cards just don't fall your way.

All in all, highly recommended for family game nights!

Not as fun as Elfenland
November 17, 2004

This is the card game version of Elfenland+Elfengold. The components are similar and the travel cards are identical to those in Elfenland and the coins to those in Elfengold.

The play time is a little shorter but it is not as fun just seeing the cities. You don't get the feeling like you're going to ride a dragon across the desert.

If you really like Elfenland and would like a shorter game with less set up time, then you will enjoy it.

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