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Official Love Letter Rules

Love Letter is a charming and suspenseful deduction game for 2-4 players, where players compete to deliver a love letter to the Princess. Here's a breakdown of the rules:

Objective

  • Be the player with the highest-valued card remaining in hand at the end of the round, or the only player left in the round, to win the Princess's favor.

Setup

  • Shuffle the deck and deal one card face down to each player. The remaining deck is placed face down in the center of the table.

  • Choose a starting player (can be youngest or through a simple game like rolling a die).

Gameplay

1. Playing a Round:

  • On your turn, draw one card from the deck and choose one of the two cards you now hold (the one you just drew or the one from your hand).

  • Play the Chosen Card: Reveal the chosen card and declare its ability based on the character depicted. Each character has a unique power that affects other players in various ways (e.g., forcing them to discard a card, guessing their hand, eliminating them from the round).

  • Resolve the Ability: Follow the instructions on the card you played. This might involve discarding a card yourself, guessing another player's hand, or forcing another player out of the round.

2. End of Turn:

  • After resolving the ability of your played card, discard it face up to a discard pile.

  • The turn moves to the next player in clockwise order.

3. Special Rules:

  • Limited Information: You cannot reveal the other card in your hand to other players.

  • Deduction is Key: By observing played cards and player reactions, you can try to deduce the value and abilities of remaining cards in the hands of other players.

  • Elimination: If your card's ability eliminates another player from the round, that player discards their hand face down and is out for the rest of the round.

  • Empty Deck: If the deck runs out before the round ends, the round is over. Remaining players reveal their cards, and the highest-valued card wins.


Winning the Game

  • The game continues for multiple rounds. Players typically win a pre-determined number of rounds (e.g., 3 rounds) to win the game.

Tips

  • Pay attention to discarded cards: This can help you narrow down the possibilities of which cards remain in the deck and other players' hands.

  • Bluffing can be effective: Sometimes, pretending to have a powerful card can influence other players' actions.

  • Choose your targets wisely: Consider who might have the highest-valued cards or who might have abilities that could hinder you.

Love Letter is a quick and easy game to learn, but offers a surprising amount of depth and strategy. With its mix of deduction, bluffing, and a touch of luck, it's a perfect game for a fun and lighthearted game night.

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