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Father and son review of Lords of Scotland

Here is a review written by my son followed by a few comments by his dad.
Lords of Scotland

The throne of Scotland is vacant. The clans are rising. Which clan can claim the empty throne? To be crowned king you must win the support of the Clans mainly by defeating your enemies.

Not all of the clan members are interested in fighting themselves, however. Some will prefer to support another member’s claim to the throne from behind the scenes. They will follow the lord with the strongest army. When a lord has gained enough support, he will be crowned King of Scots and win the game.

Lords of Scotland is a fast paced card game with a great theme. The mechanics of the game are simple and obviously well play-tested.

Strong members of a clan may be powerful in battle, but are mostly unable to utilise their clan’s resources effectively. Weaker members can use their clan’s abilities to great effect sometimes turning the tide of the battle. Members of the different clans fight stronger alongside their brothers hence, recruiting a whole clan will contribute massively to your army. The strongest of the clans is Clan Bruce. Members of this clan inspire the members of other clans to fight harder in addition to being very strong in battle.

The artwork on the cards fail to live up to the standards of the rest of the game. The artwork is not bad it just isn’t that great either. In our family it is very much overlooked for games such as Talisman and The Battle of Five Armies. It is important to understand that Lords of Scotland has a different theme to Hammer of the Scots which simulates the Scotland’s battle for independence from England at the time of Edward 1st of England and Robert the Bruce of Scotland. Lords of Scotland is set in the time period but is about the Scottish feuding among themselves for the throne and uses completely different game mechanics.

In conclusion, Lords of Scotland is an interesting game but doesn’t sustain long-term interest.

Theme: 8.5 /10
Artwork: 5/10
Mechanics: 8.5/10
Replay Ability: 7/10
Rules: 8/10
Overall: 7/10

Comments by father

Lords of Scotland is a simple, inexpensive card game. Players take turns playing cards and taking them from the reserve. They can choose to play face down or face up according to whether they wish to maintain secrecy or use clans’ special abilities. Each clan has a different power and a lot of the challenge of the game lies in leveraging these successfully. The powers do not feel particularly thematic, however. At the end of the round, the player with the strongest army gathers the most support for the kingship. Once one player has enough support the game ends.

The game is quick to play, has simple rules and is quite engaging. Don’t expect too much, however.



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Dan Ridge
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Nice review, thanks for both of you taking the time to put down your thoughts. I can only assume the low score for artwork is due to a first edition copy and not the new edition?

First edition..


Newest reprint..


While the first edition is a bit rough around the edges and side to side and up and down, the new reprint is pretty darn amazing.
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we have the first edition.
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Hugh Wyeth
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Nice review!

I disagree with your conclusion though. In my experience, this is the best small card game there is. Once people have played it a couple of times, the interaction of player powers from round to round is incredible. It makes for complex and very thinky rounds.
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