Viva Il Re!
AKA: King Me!
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With the announcement of the King's retirement, the pirouette for succession begins! All of his subjects from cobbler to cook, painter to paladin, debutante to duchess bustle about the castle in preparation for the succession. One of your favorites can attain the throne. But, beware! it will require clever maneuvering and selective positioning to be in the right place at the right time to achieve the crown!
What could be more simple? Who do you want to be the next king? Should you elect one of your preferred characters, or elect someone you don't like in hopes that he gets rejected.
This game was very intriguing when we played it. The strategy is simple and yet it takes a lot of tactical thought prior to making a move. You can play safe and vote no on the first few people that aren't on your list of characters, or you can be a risk taker and hope that others will veto the choice so that you can conserve your no votes.
The final round really throws a monkey wrench in the works. Basically you can attempt to "Shoot the moon" (as in Hearts) and try to get zero points. By doing so on the final round you get a large point bonus. But get even 1 point and you are in trouble.
King Me is fun for everyone, especially those that love strategy. Definitely give this one a try.
If you haven't played this game you probably aren't expecting too much. I wasn't. King Me! turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.
Simply, get a secret list of your preferred characters, then place all the characters on the board. Move them up the board one at a time. When a character reaches the throne room every player votes to make that character king. Any 'no' vote and the character is removed from the game, and the game continues. However, each player has a limited number of 'no' votes. When all players vote 'yes' scores are tallied. Players receive points for the position of each of their preferred characters. A game is played over three rounds, and lasts 30 minutes at the most, more likely 10-15 minutes.
It didn't sound too thrilling to me either. There is lots of bluffing, some luck and quite a bit of strategy. King Me! is proof that a game doesn't need to last 8 hours to be a strategy game.
Give King Me! a try if you get the chance. You will likely end up playing several times in a row. This is a fun game.