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Divine Right (1979)

Average Rating: 6.94/10
Board Game Rank: 1723
War Game Rank: 366
Thematic Rank: 277
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1979
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2 − 6
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Best with 4, 5, 6 players
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12 and up
Playing Time
360 minutes
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12 and up
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Classic game of fantasy empires clashing. Each player controls a unique realm and attempts to use diplomacy and might to ascend to rulership. A colorful map and a host of fantastic creatures bring out a fleshed out fantasy world.

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(excerpted from Glenn Rahman’s article, “Strategic Options in Divine Right,” Adventure Gaming Magazine)

Basically, Divine Right is a strategic fantasy game in which players assume the role of Minarian monarchs. Armies are small and replacements hard to come by; a careful choice of commitments is essential. The object is to capture and plunder enemy castles for victory points.

Concurrent with the military effort is a diplomatic subgame. Ambassadorial pieces attempt to form alliances with the non-player kingdoms on the map. These non-players are assigned Personality cards, which substantially modify the behavior of their kingdoms--sometimes diplomatically, sometimes militarily, or both. Alternately, ambassadors may try to break up enemy alliances with diplomatic pressure--sometimes even bring them over to fight on the friendly side.

Originally published in 1979 and revised in 2002, Divine Right combines the whimsy of a fantasy RPG with an old-school, beer-&-pretzel wargame. Each of the 2-6 players assumes the role of the monarch of one of thirteen kingdoms in the fantasy continent of Minaria. Specifically, each player controls his kingdom's armies, fleets, diplomat, and monarch counters as they attempt to gain the most victory points during 20 turns. Victory points are awarded for plundering castles and capturing enemy monarchs.
No monarch lives in a vacuum, though. In DR, the players are able to make alliances with not only the other players but with the non-player kingdoms as well. If a player successfully gains the favor of a non-player monarch, he gains access to that monarch's forces and country. Complicating matters are the random (card-drawn) personalities of the non-player monarchs, diplomacy cards (which give variable bonuses to diplomatic dealings), and (in the advanced game) the diplomats' own personalities.
In addition to recruiting other monarchs, players may recruit barbarian tribes and special mercenary units and acquire magical weapons and artifacts. If these aren't enough options to keep your monarch busy, there are also random events that can either help or hinder your kingdom on its way to dominating the map.

DR's fan base has united with Glenn Rahman, the game's creator, to re-edit the DR25 rules and make the game much more playable. For more information, see the links below.

Magazine References:

Dragon (Issue 27 - Jul 1979)

Dragon (Issue 34 - Feb 1980)

Successive Editions: (According to J. McCrackan)
1. First edition: published by TSR in 1979
2. Second edition: published by TSR in 1980
3. Third edition: a.k.a. the 25th-anniversary edition, a.k.a. DR25, published by RightStuf in 2002
4. Fourth edition: large errata bundled with DR25
5. Fifth edition: Stan Rydzewski's edition, available for free download in the Files section of the Divine Right Yahoo group
6. Sixth edition: a.k.a. DR6, currently under contract with Excalibre Games

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9 Divine Right Intermediate Rules
25th Anniversary 2002 Intermediate Rules PDF
English
2014-03-14
3 Horses Variant Counters
A variant for Divine Right, providing horses counters for armies.
English
2014-01-14
3 Revised Divine Right Second Edition Inventory
A more complete inventory of the 2nd edition TSR version.
English
2013-10-24
11 Classic DR Inventory.pdf
Inventory of Classic DR
2006-05-15
10 Counter Scan Sheet 2.gif
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2005-07-20
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Tabla 2 resumen reglas básicas y medias
2004-09-30
2 tablas 01.pdf
Tabla 1 resumen reglas básicas y medias
2004-09-30
1 Cartas Identidad.pdf
Traducción al castellano de las targetas de identidad de los monarcas
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Board Game Rank: 1723
War Game Rank: 366
Thematic Rank: 277
Num Ratings: 458
Average Rating: 6.94
Standard Deviation: 1.55
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