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Louis XIV

#1 AMBS, English language edition

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Product Awards:  

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 75-100 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Rüdiger Dorn

Publisher(s): Rio Grande Games, Alea

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Product Description

Slip on the role of clever court attendant and try your luck in the court of Louis XIV. Influence his next decrees. Relax in his radiance on his countless cushions. Bribe ministers and buy generals. Spin intrigue and spread your net in the empire of the Sun King. Every plan is right -- if it works! A careful plan and provident use of information gained in the court can help you fulfill your mission -- and win the game!

Difficulty: 5/10

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Advanced Strategy Game, 2006
International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2005
Deutscher Spiele Preis
1st place, 2005

Product Information


  • 90 cards
  • 64 influence markers
  • 12 game boards
  • 60 coats-of-arms
  • 34 mission chips
  • 32 gold coins
  • 1 start player tile
  • 1 Louis XIV figure
  • 1 plastic stand
  • rules
Louis XIV has the following expansions available:

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 4 reviews

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More addicting after more plays
July 12, 2005

Louis XIV is a game I picked up solely because of the author, Rudiger Dorn. My gaming group continually revisits his classic games Goa and Traders of Genoa (I can't tell you how much I enjoy those two games). My wife and I played Louis through as a two player game, and left the table thinking it was okay but not stellar. Add two more players to the table and everyone was ready to play it again immediately.

This is definitely a heavy game using strategic placement of pieces to out-maneuver your opponents. The rewards for your efforts are different each game, and you have to adjust your strategy as you go.

Another review says the theme is too dry, but most "influence" games are. I rather enjoy the different special abilities that add up throughout the game. (Special abilities are bought with power tokens won by out- influencing others.) I always feel like the game ends too soon.

Give it a try, it gets better and better the more you play it.

Lots of fun
July 10, 2005

My playing group and I really enjoy this game, for me it is one of the best games to come out since Puerto Rico.

Each game is different and you should never feel that a solid lead in round 3 is enough to give you the victory.

You have to adapt your game all the time because you have to react to what the other palyers are doing.

Lots of fun, buy and enjoy.

Eric Gauffriau

OK game, fairly heavy
July 09, 2005
Played once. Initial impression: Good game, but fairly heavy. Lots to keep track of and think about. Perhaps a little dry and abstract. Theme doesn't interest me. My impression is that it's an OK game, but there are so many other good games out there that I don't want to waste time on this one. Although a pretty good game, I don't feel a strong desire to play again. However maybe I should give it another chance. I know other people who really like this game.

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