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- 30 minute playing time
- Fast paced and fun
- 100 playing cards, rules
- Easy to learn
- Tons of replay value
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Wow, was he ever right, and I've thanked him probably 10 times between then and now for bugging me to get it.
Anyone can learn this hilariously fun and competetive game in about 5 minutes or less, and it has one of my favorite features of any game: everything you ever need to play the game from now until the day you die comes with the set. There are no expansions, no optional add ons, just everything under one box.
I don't need to describe the game here, as that is done in the product review. I've owned the same boxed set since I was 16, and I'm 27 now. I still get just as much of a kick out of it now as I did then, and this set still has a lot of miles yet to go before I need to purchase another. What I love about this game is that not only can it be played as a "for the fun of it" game, but it is also a multi-faceted game with which various stragegems can be employed to gain the highest score over your opponent(s). In other words: it isn't just for kids. Adults can have a blast with it, too.
Since 1-4 players can play, this can easily be a family game night game, party game, or fun travel game. I HIGHLY recommend Guillotine to anyone who wants a fun card game that can be learned easily (I've taught 7 year olds to play it), and played start to finish in about 25 minutes.
Players are rival executioners trying to get the most points by beheading nobles with the most notoriety. simple.
I'll briefly describe how it is played:
The game has two decks of cards, an Action Deck and a Noble Deck.
The nobles are shuffled and lined up before the Guillotine (cardboard Guillotine- included)
Each player then takes a turn-
First they play an action card from their hand if they wish. action cards do all kinds of things but usually they involve moving the position of one or more nobles in the line.
Next the player takes (beheads) the noble in the front of the line. They put this Noble Card in front of them along with other nobles they may have collected. this noble has a point value.
There are some nobles however that are actually worth negative points, you don't want to behead The Hero of The People or the Tragic Figure for example.
Some nobles have special traits listed on their cards that make them worth more in some circumstances or even effect the line of nobles they are in. The Master Spy, for example, moves to the back of the line every time an action is played and if you collect both the Lord and the Lady, each are worth two more points.
Then the player takes a new action card and it is the next players turn.
The game is quick and light, it is also very easy to learn. It involves quite a bit of random luck but there is an element of strategy as well. Often a skilled player can make good use of a bad hand.Read more ›
As you may know, during the French revolution royalty, clergy, military, and civic leaders that were in power before the revolution were rounded up and executed.
In this game, each player competes to collect cards representing different nobles (like those listed above).
FYI - game play proceeds as follows:
1) A small cardboard piece representing a guillotine is set up at one end of the table, and twelve cards representing different nobles are laid out in a line. Nobles' cards have values ranging from +5 to -3 points.
2) Each player in the game (and we have played with up to 8 players, though the game works best as a 2-5 player game) is dealt 5 action cards. Action cards are cards that allow you to manipulate the order of the line. You use them to try to acquire the nobles' cards that have the highest values and set up the line so that your opponents can acquire only lower valued cards.
3) One game consists of three rounds (called days), each day being comprised of at least twelve nobles' cards lined up by the guillotine.
4) The game usually ends when all nobles' cards have been collected.
5) A winner is determined when all of the players in the game count up the total number of points they have accumulated.
This is a great little game. You can play an entire game in under 30 minutes, and even younger players (but old enough to read - maybe 8 to 9 years old at the youngest) can play.
This is a fun game that is highly recommended.
I gave it 5 stars because it is fun and has some educational value as well.
Check it out. I think you'll be glad you did!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best simple card games we own. Definitely popular with friends!Published 6 hours ago by Prima Donna
Fun little game with a mix of strategy and luck. I like it so do my friends.Published 4 days ago by Robert C McPherson
"The Revolutionary Game Where You Win by Getting a Head" need I say anything more? If this tag line doesn't amuse you, the game will probably not either . Read morePublished 6 days ago by Chris
This game is fun and easy to learn and play. You wont spend hours playing it, but its nice to play a round or two in between other longer games.Published 7 days ago by SirLanceAlot
This game is a lot of fun, but be forewarned that you will make an enemy during the game when playing with people who do not take well to losing. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Meaghan Regan
Super fun and tons of variations in the different cards that lead to all sorts of cool strategies. A bit advanced for my 8 year old, but he will get it within the next year. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Benjamin J. Owens
My friends and I are big board and card game enthusiasts. This is a great quick game with a lot of replay value and great for when you need a break from the more evolved time... Read morePublished 9 days ago by HackaR00