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Subject: The Queen's Scorn Mini-Expansion rss

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Todd F
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Courtly manners are scant these days and the Queen is easily vexed. Begin the game with the Courtly Manners rule in effect for all players. However, players now have the option to be discourteous, with potential repercussions.


This variant requires an extra token, known as the Queen's Scorn token. This token is set aside at the start of the game.


At the end of his turn, a player may choose to violate the Courtly Manners rule and pass the card that was passed to him by the previous player. The first player to make this choice earns the Queen’s Scorn token; this player’s manners are being scrutinized by the Queen to the exclusion of everyone else.

As long as any player has the Queen’s Scorn token, the Courtly Manners rule applies only to the player with the token. The other players may act uncouth and boorish behind the Queen’s back and pass any card they wish to the following player, including the card they were passed by the previous player.

There is hope for the scorned player, however. When he completes a row of his cloak while being mannerly, he mollifies the Queen. The Queen’s Scorn token is taken out of play and Courtly Manners once again apply to every player. The next player to violate manners earns the Queen’s Scorn token and play proceeds as described above.

When a player obtains the King’s Favor while having the Queen’s Scorn, he passes the Queen’s Scorn token to another player of his choice, having imputed that player’s boorish behavior, fairly or not, to the King and Queen. However, he may not pass the Queen’s Scorn to the player that passed him the King’s Favor (for fear of implying the King was blind to impolite behavior by those he favors).

Rules In Summary

When no player has the Queen's Scorn token, the Courtly Manners rule applies to all players as normal.

A player earns the Queen's Scorn by passing the same card to the next player that he was passed by the previous player.

While a player has the Queen's Scorn token, he is the only player to whom the Courtly Manners rule applies, i.e. he is the only player that must pass a different card to the next player than the one he was passed by the previous player.

A player can lose the Queen's Scorn in two ways. The first is by completing a row of his cloak. The second is by receiving the King's Favor. In this case, he chooses another player to receive the Queen's Scorn (but not the player that passed him the King's Favor).
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