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Guillotine! French Revolution Table Top Fun For All!

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Today, I’m going to talk to you about a fun little table top game that I own called “Guillotine”. It’s made by the same people that made Magic The Gathering (Wizards of the Coast) so you know that it’s got to be good.

I was introduced to this game about a year ago by my friend Neil, and I knew that I had to get the game right away. The games are fast and fun and allows for up to 5 players. You can play with 6, but honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. A few other positives of this game are that it’s not a very expensive game, and it’s fairly easy to learn. The instructions and rules are about 2 pages long, and fairly easy to read through without being overly boring like most games.

I’m not the best at explaining games, but I’ll do my best to serve this game justice. Overall, it’s a fairly simple game where you get to re-live the thrill and bloodfest that was the French Revolution.. And by re-live, I mean, in the most cartoonish way possible. The game consists of two decks; A Noble deck and an action deck. The Noble deck is made up of Noble cards that are worth points that vary between -3 to 5, with a goal for players to get the highest amount of points by the end of the game by “executing” Nobles during their turn. The action deck consists of cards that allow the player to do actions during their turn. The action cards can be used to change the order of the line, can be used to exile a Noble in the line, add more Nobles, execute more Nobles, etc.

That’s the basic layout of the game, now let’s talk about the actual game play.

The game is broken down into 3 phases/days which consists of randomly selecting 12 Nobles to execute and putting them in a line in front of the Guillotine (They give you a paper cut-out of a guillotine which is absolutely cute). At the start of the 1st phase/day, players are given 5 action cards that they can use on their turn, players can choose to not play an action but actions can only be played before the player chooses to execute a Noble. The player must execute a Noble from the front of the line during their turn (you can’t skip the execution!) but this is where action cards come into play. Using the action cards, you can change who you execute and maybe even screw over the next player by forcing them to execute bad Nobles. So the turns are broken into action/discard and execute, followed by drawing a card from the action pile. Once the line of Nobles is done, that signals the end of the 1st phase/day 1, and the 2nd phase begins. The 2nd and 3rd phase is much like the 1st phase where you line up another 12 nobles and do your best to get the most points. The only difference is that you keep whatever action cards you had from the previous phase. Once the 3 phases are done, each player counts their point and the player with the highest points wins the game.

If you like hosting table top nights, or just playing a game or two when you have some time to kill – Guillotine is a must to add to your collection. You can purchase it on *Amazon, or from many major retailers and comic book shops.


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