The life of an executioner is a busy one. But when some heads are more valuable, one must race to accumulate the best pile of heads. This is Guillotine, a card game for 2-5 players, designed by Paul Peterson, published in 1998.
|I never thought I’d be reminded of an episode of Father Ted while playing a game…|
In Guillotine, a line of twelve unlucky French nobles (each with a certain point value) are lined up at the start of every day in front of a cardboard guillotine. On their turn, a player may play an action card from their hand which changes the order of the line, awards bonus points for collecting certain cards or messes up another player’s plans. Then, they collect the noble at the front of the line and their turn is over. Once everyone is decapitated, the day is over. After three days, everyone totals up the point value of their heads and the highest score wins.
|You’re next, Marie Antoinette!|
Guillotine is a short game, but a fun experience with colorful cards and a great sense of humor. The rules are simple and although the subject matter is dark, it deals with it in a lighthearted way. Guillotine is a great introduction to gaming but has enough to keep regulars interested. A great buy.