Monday, June 30, 2014

Love Letter, a game you’ll love.

Love Letter
2-4 players, 30- 45 minute play time, Casual Gameplay
By Ray Snyder

In the game of Love Letter you are trying to send a love letter to a Princess that has recently became old enough for marriage. The other players are attempting to win the Princess’s affections too, so you’re each trying to stop the letters of the other players from getting to the Princess. The game play uses a deck of 16 cards that represent the different characters that are near the Princess or the Princess herself. Each round players starts with a single card and when it’s their turn they draw a card and secretly choose a card from there hand to play. The cards give you some way to oust a player from the current round of gameplay. 


In the game of Love Letter you are trying to send a love letter to a Princess that has recently became old enough for marriage. The other players are attempting to win the Princess’s affections too, so you’re each trying to stop the letters of the other players from getting to the Princess. The game play uses a deck of 16 cards that represent the different characters that are near the Princess or the Princess herself. Each round players starts with a single card and when it’s their turn they draw a card and secretly choose a card from there had to play. The cards give you some way to oust a player from the current round of the game. 


Each round is over quickly as cards are played and players are eliminated until one player wins the round and gets a letter to the Princess. Rounds play out quickly but not without skill as each card played in a round gives you a better idea what cards your opponent could have. Some cards allow you to secretly compare the card in each player’s hand in a duel to see whose letter continues it journey to the Princess, other cards allow you to force a player to trade cards with you or let you look at their cards. Another card lets you guess the card they have, if your guess is correct they are eliminated. Normally I’m not a big fan of games with player Elimination, but in Love Letter the rounds are so quick you're never out for long. 


Love Letter is also very inexpensive costing $9.99 or $10.99 depending on the version. Love Letter is available with several different backgrounds and Flavors. The Tempest Edition is set in a European Kingdom, while the Legend of the Five Rings editions is set in a fictional version of Feudal Japan. The Kanai Factory Edition is the original version of the game and it’s art has an anime feel to it. 

I just found a press release for at least three new versions of the game, Adventure Time, DC Comics, and the Hobbit. Additionally Steve Jackson is creating Lewt Letter a Munchkin themed version of the game. So if the game mechanics work for you, if you haven't found the theme for you, chances are you will sometime soon. This game is fast, fun, and very affordable. I can't recommend it enough.

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