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Subject: Not so bad, especially for Shakespeare buffs rss

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Brian Rock
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It's the game of war, but each card has six levels: "Speed of Death", "Gore & Brutality", "Fairness", "Piteousness", "Dramatic Quality," and "Last Words." Each runs from 0 to 10.

Some characters, like "The Fly" from "Titus Andronicus" have one high value, for "Speed of Death" - 10, and everything else is fairly low. A few characters have nothing high, like Enobarbus from "Antony and Cleopatra," or Thisbe from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." There are some cards that have multiple high values, like Chiron and Demetrius from "Titus Andronicus" or Richard III from "Richard III."

Making strategic decisions about when to win, when to tie (ties push) and when to lose make the game interesting.

The game splits the entire card deck between the two players. As play progresses, the last winner determines the level of comparison. The game ends when you have all the cards. After the first round, there is asymmetry in when previously won cards go back into ones hand. Choosing carefully, especially when ones opponent is strong, and you are weak, makes it an interesting game. I was surprised to like it.

A winery game, for sure, but not awful, especially if you are versed in Shakespeare.
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