TableTop Bonanza: Special Love Letter

Card games are some of the most engaging and easy to pick up games on the market.

In celebration of International Table Top Day we are looking at a card based game that, much like Sopio, plays fast and simple, but requires a certain amount of skill to pull off. That game is Love Letter.

In the wake of the queen’s arrest, all the eligible young men of Tempest (and many not so young) seek to woo Princess Annette. Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the palace, and everyone must rely on those within the palace to bring their romantic letters to her. Will yours reach her first?

This is the tantalizing introduction to Love Letter, and it certainly helps in creating the right atmosphere for what players are about to get into. Love Letter is just right for that break time at work, or to give you a rest from the housework. Each game only takes a few minutes at most to finish. You can either play the game to its full conclusion, or just have a quick one shot game, and whichever you choose it’ll be thoroughly entertaining time.

Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck, for 2–4 players. Designed by Seiji Kanai, the game features incredibly simple rules that create dynamic and exciting player interactions. Players attempt to deliver their love letter into the Princess’s hands while keeping other players’ letters away. Powerful cards lead to early gains, but make you a target. Rely on weaker cards for too long and your letter may be tossed in the fire!

So, simple enough to play, but is it any good? Oh yeah. The gorgeous artwork and backstory lend the game a feeling of history before you even start, and its world feels as rich as any more elaborate style of game. Love Letter plays out a lot like a card strategy game, mixed with elements of poker. Trying to second guess your opponent’s cards (there are only a certain amount of each type of card to play) is a big part of the game, as is hiding any powerful cards of your own. You get a great thrill out of knocking someone out with only the first card, but if your plan fails you then have to try to remember if you gave your own card away somehow. It follows a fast pace, but if both players are seasoned veterans, a run can go for a long while. It’s easy to get absorbed in the game, and it quickly stops being about about winning, it’s about getting the hand of the princess, gosh darn it! The more players, the more competitive it can get.

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There are already a number of different variations of Love Letter ranging from a Batman one, a Hobbit one and a Munchkin variant (a game I will cover in the near future), and they can all be found on Alderac games’s website.

Be sure to keep checking Grizzly Bomb for more games you can play at home or on the move in the weeks to come.


Images: Alderac

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