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Year Published
2004
# of Players
3 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
210 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Friedrich
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Friedrich Jubiläumsedition
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Defeat Prussia before the Tsarina dies! Or be Frederick the Great and struggle for survival with a mixture of courageous willpower, sudden inspiration and stoic patience.

It is the summer of 1756. On the eve of the Seven Years War, half of Europe has formed an alliance. Frederick the Great is in deep sorrow: Is the annihilation of Prussia planned? Is it Prussia's defeat or is it Prussia's glory?

All against one – but only one will reign supreme. On a map of Old Europe, players maneuver their generals from city to city. Frederick must retain a part of each Prussian province, while the attacking powers savagely seek out their objectives. The clever use of tactical cards is decisive to winning.

Histogame and Richard Sivél present Friedrich as a novel concept uniting the fascination of board and card games. Accurately based on history while maintaining a slim set of rules, Friedrich offers wide open spaces for chess-like moves and great depth for decision making. Taken into Frederick's era, you will reflect on tactical finesses, smile about interspersed anecdotes, and be perplexed at how often you are not able to count to three...

Note: A common misconception is that Friedrich has player elimination based on the cards of fate making countries leave the game. The game does not have player elimination; it has country elimination, and a player could end up controlling fewer countries than they started with, but players are never eliminated by the cards of fate.

Friedrich FAQ

Details on the Jubiläumsedition

In 2011 Histogame released a slightly revised version of Friedrich, dubbed the "Jubiläumsedition" or "Anniversay Edition" in honor of Friedrich's 300th birthday. Designer Richard Sivél notes the following differences between this edition and earlier ones:

  • New cover art.
  • Four color images for the patterns of the cards.
  • Small rearrangements of cities on the map, such as Falkenau (in northwestern Austria) moving into the spades sector and Gollnow (close to Stettin) getting a diamonds-city neighbor.
  • Minor adjustment of some fate cards to clarify the wording.
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English/German third edition
Publisher: Histogame, Rio Grande Games
Artist: Kerstin Hille, Richard Stubenvoll, Andreas Töpfer
Year: 2011
Product Code: RIO 451
Size: 12.20 x 12.20 x 2.50 inches
3.50 pounds
English, German
Release Date: Apr 2012
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Histogame Upgrade Kit edition
Publisher: Histogame
Artist: Kerstin Hille, Richard Stubenvoll, Andreas Töpfer
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English/German second edition
Publisher: Histogame
Artist: Richard Stubenvoll, Andreas Töpfer
Year: 2007
Product Code: Art. Nr. 1712
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
5.00 pounds
English, German
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English/German first edition
Publisher: Histogame
Artist: Richard Stubenvoll, Andreas Töpfer
Year: 2004
Product Code: 1712
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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4 Friedrich Player Mats (with corrected spelling)
My apologies to all German speakers for mis-spelling Friedrich der Grosse.
English
2015-02-12
7 Friedrich Victory Track
Victory Track to record each player's city conquests. Use spare game markers
English
2014-12-14
7 Friedrich Player Mats
Version 2 of my player mats uses spare control markers from the game to indicate the number of armies per general on a player track. Might be more convenient than plundering other games for counters. Enjoy
English
2014-12-01
2 Stickers for caps used as covers
I use this stickers for use in caps to hide the troops. It is more resistent than little carton box, is a recycle option and have a little bit of shell game! You only have to print in a self-adhesive paper and put them on the caps!. You can change size for diferent caps. You can use diferent color caps for diferent nations.
English
2014-11-04
2 Friedrich magyar szabály
A szabálykönyv magyar fordítása. (Hungarian translation of the rules.)
English
2011-10-11
4 Impact of Elisabeth (card of fate) on the winner
Shows how strongly an early or late Elisabeth (card of fate) affects the outcome of the game. Data source: the games of all FWC tournaments. This is an OpenOffice spreadsheet.
English
2010-10-18
17 Expert game summary & "Cards of Fate" manifest
This game summary features the Expert game, "Cards of Fate" manifest and some of the more obscure rules, such as substitute re-entry sites.
English
2010-09-08
87 Improved strategy guide
This is a greatly expanded and rearranged version of my previous guide. The new chapters are mainly for more experienced players who have grasped the principles in the old guide and want to further improve their game play. Most of the content was worked out in preparation for the World Championships and there are also some lessons I learned in Berlin.
English
2010-01-15
10 Recordatorios de reglas
rules reminder in spanish. Sumario de recordatorios de reglas de Friedrich.
Spanish
2009-12-29
33 Friedrich strategy guide
After viewing the WC-finals I realized my way of playing Friedrich was wrong and I would like to share the lessons I learned. This guide deals mostly with the overall strategy of the game, the focus is on Prussia/Hanover.
English
2009-06-02
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I've Been Diced! episode 66: Combat systems
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Episode 11: Friedrich Pro and Con
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