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Love Letter - Kanai Factory Edition
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
First off Love Letter is a great little 16 card round-based game that plays quickly and has some really neat moments. That said this will focus on the difference between this and the AEG version that comes in the lil draw bag.

This version has more Japanese-like artwork that I honestly prefer over the more traditional fantasy AEG print. Some of the names of cards have changed, but the most significant change is the Countess (AEG) vs. Minister (Japon). The Countess makes you discard her if she is "caught" with the King or Prince and the Minister simply makes you lose if the total of your hand is 12 or higher.

Now a lot have complained that it's lame there's a round 1 loss condition in randomly drawing a Minister plus any 5+ card. This is easily avoided by just making a house rule that the Minister "kicks in" after turn 1. Plus the addition of him to the game makes any 5+ card just a lil more dangerous as you could draw a Minister at any time for instadeath.

There are also two promo Princess cards (nerd and prince) add some nice additional flavor.

So I'd say that unless you're really in love with the draw bag or the artwork of the AEG print to go with this one and soon! Especially as how this comes with some promo Princess cards that can be substituted in (the nerdy Princess and the Prince for the ladies).

EDIT: Added an explanation of how to play the game for the unfamiliar.

Effectively you're trying to get 4 love letters to the Princess by finding either her or her best confidants. How this plays is that each round you each are dealt 1 card and then 1 card is "burned" or discarded to the side (so as to somewhat prevent card counting). Play then rotates with each player drawing 1 card then choosing 1 of the 2 cards in their hand to play. This will usually entail you guessing what other players are with Soldiers or mucking up their hand with Wizards and the like. Anyone who's alive at the end of the round when the last card is played then finally reveals their hands and compare their numerical value. Princess is highest at 8 and Soldier lowest at 1. In my experience most games don't make it to the end as it can get pretty cutthroat. Super fast to play and I can't recommend this highly enough.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2013
Not sure why this game has only 3 reviews. This is one of my favorite game. We were even able to teach it to our 7 years old son, who relies on the pictures, not the text, and still manages to win the game. If you need a filler game, a quick game, and fun, then this is one of the few I can recommend. With less than 20 cards (total 20) the game plays in less than 5 minutes. I actually have it in a ziploc, carrying in my pocket when I know there is an opportunity to play.
In this game basically the last person with a card wins the round. Game plays over 4 rounds, where each round won earns you a point. It is quite enjoyable as 2-player, but the more the merrier as in some of the cards you can attack other people. At the start of the came each player has 1 card, on your turn you pick up a card, and play a card so you end up with 1 card at end of your turn.
Bottom line - this is game is a no brainer to think twice about purchasing. At a cheap price I say GET IT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2014
Most reviews here pretty much express the artwork, the fun factor, the enjoyment of the game, and their experience. I never played either the AEG Tempest pouch version or this Japanese version before but saw people playing and thought to myself: MUST HAVE.

Since no one carefully explain what this version contains, I will write a review doing so. The Love Letter - Kanai Factory Edition contains:

- 5.5" by 3.75" by 1" black box
- 1 rulesheet
- 13 red cube tokens
- 4 reference cards to check the action of each rank
- 5 soldier cards rank #1
- 2 clown cards rank #2
- 2 knight cards rank #3
- 2 priestess cards rank #4
- 2 wizard cards rank #5
- 1 general card rank #6
- 1 minister card rank #7
- 3 prince/princess cards rank #8 (only play with one, the other two are promo cards to switch off.)

For 2 to 4 players. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

The cards are about the size of standard poker playing cards. The reference cards will come in handy when playing with kids. And if playing with kids, keep in mind these are paper cards much like standard poker playing cards. They could bend or rip. So be careful. But for the price, I paid $9.26 on Amazon, and for the hours of fun, I think it's worth it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2013
Beautiful art on a wonderful small and short game. I especially love that you get 3 options for the person you want to win the love of: traditional princess, nerdy princess, and a prince.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
This edition of Love Letter uses artwork from the original Japanese version of the game, which I find much more appealing. Included are an extra princess card (with glasses) and a a prince card. These additional cards do not change the gameplay at all, but are simply aesthetic variations for the princess. Also the original US release comes with a felt bag for the cards, this one does not. I don't think this is a big loss at all. If you don't know about the gameplay please see all of the excellent reviews for the original US release. This game is extremely fun to play--it's still amazing that it only has 16 playable cards! If you don't have a copy of Love Letter, get this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
I bought this game for my husband for Christmas this year. We are avid board game players and I chose it based on the reviews, the price, and because it's playable with only two people. We've played it twice with just two of us and then again last night with two friends. I overheard my (ever-so-romantic) husband tell a friend that he saw the title when he opened it and quietly questioned my choice because the title was so unappealing. A great example of not judging a book by its cover! I did choose the Kanai Factory Limited Edition version because I thought the designs were more appealing. The cards are regular playing card quality and should hold up well to normal play. It's quick to learn - only 16 cards - and a great way to spend 20 minutes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2014
Wonderful artwork here! It's more appealing than the regular game design. I recommend to sleeve your cards to avoid them to get marked. Great ice breaker for non gamers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
My boyfriend and I have a hard time finding games that are simple enough for me to not get overwhelmed, but complicated enough for him to stay interested. We love this game because we can play with just the two of us, or we can add up to two more people for a total of four and it changes the dynamic of the game. Very quick to learn, and quick to play. A game might last a total of 20 minutes, but it's fun enough that you could play 2 or 3 rounds without getting bored of it. Great price and small enough to put in your purse to take to a friend's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2014
I had played the standard version previously, and I was surprised to discover that in this edition, the game mechanic appears to be slightly different. The #7 card, which in the standard version is discarded when found with #6 or #8, becomes an auto-lose when drawn with #5 or higher. I'm not a fan of this variation. Aside from that, this is a pretty good game, although it plays best with 4; fewer players tend to limit the uncertainty which makes the game more interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2014
Fun, fast game with great card art. Because it's quick, I tend to pull this out at the end of the night or between other games. I recommend sleeving the cards, as they will take abuse over time.
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