"Masquerade" is not just another card game. It's a game that involves deep seeded storytelling and a cast of characters that will sure to make you smile. As Michael Bujtas, creator of the game, puts it, "[The game] is basically "Old Maid", but you're trying to kill the Old Maid."
The goal of the game
You have been invited to a masquerade ball hosted by King Alric Dacre. However, something seems odd about the ball. It seems that everyone in attendance is out to kill the King; including you.
How to play
The deck is comprised of 61 cards. All of which are characters with their own unique abilities. Each character also has a power and defensive value.
Players take turns drawing cards and placing them face up or face down in front of them. During their turns, players then attack each others' characters. By rule, you have to attack face up characters before attacking face down characters. This makes finding and killing the King more difficult had all the characters started in the face up position. Once you've attacked a face down character, it flips up assuming it survives the attack. If it remains on the table on your next turn, you have the option of placing it face down again and shuffle its position.
For an exact tutorial on how to play, you can also check out the video on the side. A complete rule book can also be downloaded from their website, here.
Winning the game
While killing the King is the goal of the game, there are a few ways to win. The first is by killing the King. Another way is to bring together the King with the Queen. Finally, If you're able to hold on to the King when the deck runs out of cards, then you win.
It's also a book!
An interesting feature about "Masquerade" is that there is a novel that compliments the game, but it's not necessary that you own it. In the book, the King is killed within the first chapter, and someone is wrongfully accused. You observe the events of the day through different characters and try to find out who really killed the King.
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