We bought Sleeping Queens today at B & N for 50% off and played three games tonight. My kids really dig this one.
Here’s the breakdown.
Components: cards of three types – queens, power, number
There are 12 queen cards and each has a number of points on it. These cards are the ‘victory points’ of the game. You play until some gets 5 queens or 50 points in queen cards. They are set out in the middle of the table (or floor) face down. They are asleep at this point. There is one special queen, The Rose Queen, who allows you to choose another queen in the same turn.
Power cards – There are several types of power cards, kings, knights, dragons, sleeping potions, jesters, and wands. Playing a king awakens a queen which you then place in front of you. Knights steal queens from other players. Dragons stop the knights. Sleeping potions put other players back to sleep, returning them to the board. Wands cancel the potions. Jesters allow you to turn over the top card of the draw pile. If it is a power card, you keep it and get another turn. If a number cards, you count around the players, starting with you, the number on the card. The last player counted gets to draw a queen.
Number cards – these are used mainly to generate new cards into your hand. They are discarded as singles, two of a kinds, or an addition equation (a 1, a 2, and a 3, 1+2=3).
Play: Set up the queens. Shuffle the deck and deal 5 cards to each player. Choose the start player. Play a card and do what its action indicates. Then draw back up to 5 cards in your hand.
That is it.
How our games went:
This was fun. My kids immediately took to it. There is some ‘take that’ fun with the knights, dragons, potions, and wands. The jesters add a bit of mystery and suspense because you don’t know what card will turn up or who will get to ‘awaken’ a queen if it is a number. The Rose Queen really livened things up and was put back to sleep as soon as she appeared. We had to house rule that part though because everyone knew where she was. So we shuffled several of the queens together with her then laid them all back out to conceal her place. The art on the cards is great. Whimsical but clear and colorful. My son kept looking for the Fire King, his favorite.
All in all this was a real winner for us and we will play it often.
- A Conversation With...Jeremy Hogan, the designer of Dreaming Spires
- A Conversation With ... Micah Harris, comic book writer and creator of Lorna, Relic Wrangler
- I'm Not Uptight, Not Unattractive, Turn Me Loose Tonight Cause I'm Radioactive...A Conversation With Meltdown Games
- A Pack O' Questions - A Conversation with ... Chris Handy
- A Conversation With...Chad Ellis of Your Move Games, Part 2
- A Conversation With...AJ Porifino of Van Ryder Games-UPDATED!
The Cloud5th Street Games API battleground: fantasy warfare Belfort Bellwether Games bully pulpit games chris james clever mojo games comatose contest crash games Danny Devine dice hate me Dice Tower Dread Drop Site eloy lasanta Eminent Domain eruption Family Night fear the boot feedback Fiasco Gameathonapocaloozafestacon Game Design Game Night GamerChris games game salute Gamewright Gaming gaming. cons Go Forth And Game gozer games Ground Floor homesteaders Hostage Negoitator hypermind If I'm Going Down... indie Indie Press Revolution interview JAB Jason Morningstar Kickstarter Kids macao MACE mermaid adventures Mob Town my happy farm Myriad Games Out of Character pandemic Phil Kilcrease princes of the dragon throne PTA Pulp Gamer review role playing rpg Savage Worlds small box games startup fever stratus games tasty minstrel tasty minstrel games Tessen The Game's The Thing The Spiel third eye games TMG Van Ryder Games What I Played your move games
- @frahminator @TastyMinstrel @Zmangames_ That is a good list. I don't know La Granja. 7 hours ago
- @TastyMinstrel @OakleafGames @getlouder Does it come with glitter? 21 hours ago
- @MinionGames @TastyMinstrel I'd love to get in on some playtesting of that if possible. 23 hours ago
- @5thstreetgames Got the package. Will contact you next week. Thanks. 1 day ago
- @cheveedodd "Arrggh! A shark done eet me hat!" http://t.co/TRGz1vCxQY 1 day ago
Here Are The Most Recent Posts
- Thieves of the Airways – A Conversation with Philip du Barry
- A Pack O’ Questions – A Conversation with … Chris Handy
- Under The Microscope – Eminent Domain
- Faithfully Playing The Game – A Conversation With…Jason Kotarski and Philip duBarry
- Hostage (pause) Negotiator! A Conversation with … AJ Porfirio of Van Ryder Games
- Follow Go Forth And Game on WordPress.com
What I’ve Been Playing