Welcome to Dice Spotlight! I’m your Gamemaster, Jonathan, here at Connexxions Cafe. This blog highlights different games that we have at the Cafe that you may want to check out. Maybe you’ll discover a new favourite!
Who here is good at bluffing/lying? I'M NOT! But for those who are, we're looking at a game called Coup that's full of it! And even if you're not so great at these kind of games, the simple rules and quick gameplay make sure that everyone can have a good time playing!
Imagine you're the head of a large organization and have goals to run the futuristic city around you. You've got a dream and I'm sure it involves world domination. But of course, those pesky rival families are always getting in your way! YOU MUST RID THE WORLD OF THEM AND BE RULER OF ALL!!!!!
Ahem, that's the general story behind Coup. The way it pans out is each player starts with a hand of 2 cards. Each card is gonna have the image of one of these scary-looking people as shown in the picture. These will let you do different things during your turn, but are also your "lives" in the game. Lose both of them and you're out of the game. Be the last person standing to reign supreme!
Each turn, you have the option to call out what card you're using and then do that action ("I'm using my Duke to take 3 coins from the treasury"). Then it moves onto the next person. You can attack players by spending 7 coins or using an Assassin to kill one of the characters. Certain cards block certain actions (the Contessa blocks assassinations). Simple enough?
"But but Jonathannnnnnnn, I was dealt a TERRIBLE hand. Am I doomed to Loserville this game???"
Nah, just bluff your way out of it!
"Huh, bluffing? what do you mean?"
Oh, did I forget to mention the most important part? Ha, of course not, this is scripted, so I would've just edited it in earlier if I had actually forgotten.
ANYWAY, do you remember when I said you announce what card you were using that turn? Well, let's say in a hypothetical situation, you say that your card is Assassin when you actually own an Ambassador and take out someone's card. Would any of your hypothetical opponents know whether you were lying? I can tell you right now, this hypothetical situation could happen in a very real game of Coup! Yes, you read that right! Because everyone's cards are face-down, you can bluff what cards you have in your han-
"Easy-peasy, I use my Assassin to kill your last guy! Checkmate, Gamemaster >:)"
Ehhhhh, I don't think you own an Assassin. I call your bluff.
If someone challenges your claim for the card you're using, and they're right, you lose one of your cards (and if they're wrong, they lose theirs)!
"But but but.....aw man, I actually thought I'd win that one..."
Now now, don't be sad. These games last only around 15 minutes. So you can get back in the action shortly!
This gets a little more complicated when adding in expansions that bring more cards or even teams, but as for the base set, I think it's a perfect beginning to a board game outing!
That's all I have for tonight. Hopefully you didn't go Coup Coup reading this blo-
"BOOOOOOOOOOOO TERRIBLE PUN"
I'm sorry, that was pretty bad D:
As always, come visit the Connexxions Cafe (12644 137 Ave, Edmonton) and check it out! Or ask me about a certain game that you’ve always wanted to learn. I’d be happy to work through it with you :) I'll see you all on the other side!