"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?
Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck, for 2–4 players. Get your love letter into Princess Annette’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!"
We picked up a great little game at Connecticon this past July.Love Letteris a small deck of cards representing the characters involved in the Princess wooing scheme and the Princess herself. Each character is worth a certain number of points and the player with the highest numerical card at the end of the round, wins. There are a limited number of cards for each character and they all have a different action in the game.
In a four player game, the round begins by removing one card from the game, sight unseen, and then passing one card to each player. The remaining cards make up the draw pile. The first player draws a card, decides which of the two cards she wishes to play, and places it face up in front of her. Most of the cards would then require her to choose another player to follow whatever action is stated on the card. For example: A guard, the most common card, is played. This allows the current player to pick another player and guess what card he holds in his hand. If she guesses correctly, he must discard the card. Anytime a player discards his only card, he is out of the round.
Play continues in the usual clockwise fashion until only one player is left in the round, or the draw pile is empty. When that happens, everyone reveals the final card in their hand and the one with highest value card wins the round and receives a tiny wooden cube. When playing with four players, the first to have four cubes wins the game.
Love Letter comes in a small red pouch that tucks nicely into a purse or bag. It's a perfect game when you're short on time, as most we've played have lasted about 30 minutes. I keep mine in my purse at all times and plan on it being my new favorite "line game" at upcoming cons. It's small and light and a surprising amount of fun.