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King's Dilemma

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Quick Takes:  3-5 players    60 minutes per game   Ages 14+  3 of hearts Level 3 (Ready for a new challenge? Try this advanced game.)

About the game:

Will you act for the greater good, or think only of yourself?

You and your fellow players represent a Council of the various houses leading the government of the fictional kingdom. Each game round, you draw one card from the "Dilemma Deck" and experience the game story as it unfolds. Your Council must resolve the dilemma on the King's behalf - but don't mistake this for a cooperative game. Instead, it works more like the court of Henry VIII, where Council members scheme for power and influence while driving policy that affects everyone, and you only get one opportunity to make a decision on each dilemma. This may lead you down the path of war, famine, or riot. Or it may not - your choices could bring about wealth, peace, and prosperity. Every action has consequences. Consider yours carefully.

This game features lots of new twists for more advanced gamers, like legacy storylines (where your decisions in past games impact your play in the current game), more than 15 hours of branching storylines (not in one go!), and an evolving deck of event cards. It's highly interactive, and it requires a commitment from your group of players. A "campaign" - seeing the whole story through from beginning to end - takes more than 15 games of 45-60 minutes each. If you've played Catan more times than you can count, but you're not sure where to go next, try The King's Dilemma today.

Why we chose this game for Board's Edge:
  • Meets the challenge - the twists in this game make it a great new game for an advanced board gamer
  • Hot title - this game has received a lot of favorable press
  • Oscar nominee - nominated for the German Board Game Oscars, Connoisseur category (Kennerspiel des Jahres)
Selected Awards and Honors:
  • Kennerspiel des Jahres nominee - 2020 
  • Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game nominee - 2019