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The Rose King
Product code: AC4156
The battle between farmers and ranchers is fairly abstract. A single
pawn travels on a square grid. Each player has a hand of cards face up.
These each have a direction and a distance. The player can either draw a
card and add it to his hand, or play a card. If he plays a card, then
the pawn moves the appropriate distance to an empty square, and the
player places one of his markers. Each player also has judge symbols
that can each be used only once. The judge lets you move onto a
previously placed opposition marker and reverse it. Players score points
for each contiguous region equal to the square of the number of markers.
If a player is not careful, such a move may be forced, as there is a
maximum number of cards that a player may hold.
Contains rules for playing with 4 (in two partnerships of two players).
Later republished 1999 as Rosenkönig by Kosmos, as part of the
two-player game series. The republication also included a re-theming of
the game. The setting changed from Texas to England, and the factions
changed from farmers and ranchers to the factions of the Plantagenet
family from the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485) - the Lancaster (red rose)
and the York (white rose) factions in a similarly abstracted fashion.
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