Cursed Court

Release: 4/16//2018    Download:  Enhanced  | MP3
Run Time: 74 min    Subscribe:  Enhanced  | MP3 | RSS

Each year, a different group of nobles comes to court, hoping to curry favor with the royals. From Spring to Winter, you and your fellow players watch from the shadows and try to predict who will appear, hoping to increase your fortune and power in the realm.

Cursed Court is a clever and wonderfully accessible auction game that draws its inspiration from an unlikely source: stud poker.

Each season, you will place a bid on a noble or grouping of nobles based on hidden and public information.

You share two face down noble cards, one with each neighboring player. The rest of the nobles are revealed one at a time, face up to all.

The problem is, your knowledge is always incomplete. You must place a bid after each card is revealed.

Do you bid on a sure thing, bluff to keep others from claiming the best nobles on the board, or take a risk hoping for a big payout?

Bid wisely and you’ll gain power and influence at court. Bid poorly and you might be scrubbing pots!

Nearly anyone can enjoy this inventive and beautiful mashup. It’s quick, simple, engaging, and full of tense moments with each new noble revealed.

Listen in to explore the game. You don’t have to have a royal pedigree to discover why Cursed Court is Major Fun!

Cursed Court

Atlas Games  |  BGG  |  Buy

Designer: Andrew Hanson   Artist: Lee Moyer

Publisher: Atlas Games

2-6 players  30 min   ages 10+   MSRP $50

For info on the Back Shelf Spotlight segment featured on the show, check out the show notes at The Spiel!

Music credits include:

Court of the Crimson King  by Cannata  |  the song

Birthday  by Mariachillout  |  the song

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About Stephen Conway

Currently serving as Major Fun. I'm also a writer, filmmaker, game designer, podcaster, and host of The Spiel (http://www.thespiel.net)

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