Currently Playing: COUP (Card game)


I was able to get a chance to play a card game on some little time I had. A few friends of mine introduced me to COUP. The game started out as a Kickstarter project. The game is very interesting, because it’s a game of bluff and deception. What amazed me is how simple the concept is.

At first I saw instruction card, I thought it might be hard to understand. But after one play through, the rules are easy enough to understand. And it’s surprisingly easy that anyone can get into the game in just a few minutes. You just have to remember the cards that you can declare which is what the instruction card does.

You hold 2 cards (which also works as your life), and a couple of coins. You can declare that you can a specific card (with some additional instructions like assassinate, steal, get coins, exchange cards and others). Either players follow what you said or, anyone can call it a bluff. If you do have the card, the one who called the bluff looses a card. If you don’t have the card, you loose a card. The game can be played from 2 to 6 players.

There are only 5 cards to consider. The Duke, you take 3 coins. The Captain, you steal coins from another player. The Assassin, can remove any card from another player. The Ambassador, you can exchange any one card that you have. And the Contessa, you can block an assassination.

If you get 7 coins or more, you can declare a COUP. Which forces one player of your choice to loose a card. If you get 10 coins or more, you are forced to declare a COUP.

Regardless of how simple the game is, the artwork is incredible. Even with just 5 cards, it shows that there is love for this game.

It’s a fascinating game. It’s simple, fast and fun. And I can’t stress how simple it is when you get the hang of it. I mean, you can finish a game in just a couple of minutes if you wanted to. But if you really take your time to get in the game, it can be tense trying to figure out if you if you need to lie or tell the truth or trying to figure out if your opponents are bluffing or not. If you have a few minutes to kill, or long hours of fun with friends, I think this is a game that you can enjoy. It gets better with a lot of friends too.

Image by Scott King. You can also check out the official website here.

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