Friday, June 10, 2016

Tabletopper Friday - Love Letter (2012)

Love Letter (2012) hasn't been around long but the mechanics have spawned many variants published by Alderac Entertainment Group as well as a couple of local changes.  AEG reskins to leverage properties like Lord of the Rings and Batman but locally it is done to extend the game to five and even six players.


The description from Board Game Geek is as follows:
All of the eligible young men (and many of the not-so-young) seek to woo the princess of Tempest. Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the palace, and you must rely on others to take your romantic letters to her. Will yours reach her first?
Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2–4 players. Your goal is to get your love letter into Princess Annette's hands while deflecting the letters from competing suitors. From a deck with only sixteen cards, each player starts with only one card in hand; one card is removed from play. On a turn, you draw one card, and play one card, trying to expose others and knock them from the game. Powerful cards lead to early gains, but make you a target. Rely on weaker cards for too long, however, and your letter may be tossed in the fire!

I can't go into the mechanics of the individual additional cards too much but it is fair to say that each variant we play thematically works well.  We play a Three Musketeers version that works up to five players and an Alice in Wonderland theme that handles six.  They definitely help out around here where we have lots of gamers!

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