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2012
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2 − 3
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Best with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
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A Fool's Fortune
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Game description from the publisher:

Come play a game of mischief, magic, mirth, and lore. Delve into the Book of Fate to reveal mysterious fortunes: realms near and far, resources wondrous and wild. Cast your lot with a crew of assorted (and sordid) characters. If you pay your dues and play your hand right, you may just win a fool's fortune.

A Fool's Fortune is a two- or three-player card game in the tradition of Rummy in which players race to make sets – but with several wily twists. Found within the deck of 77 unique cards are five suits of Fortunes and a host of talented characters for players to put to use.

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A Fool’s Fortune has 3 levels of play, called Acts.
Each Act is a stand alone version of the game with its own unique strategies.
The rules of each Act expand upon those of the prior.

~ACT I: the Page’s Game~
The introductory level to A Fool’s Fortune. Players race to complete sets of Fortune cards, using their Character cards to acquire discarded Fortunes.

~ACT II: the Baron’s Game~
Characters gain several new Abilities which will allow players further access to the discard pile, the draw deck and to a rival's Fortunes.

~ACT III: the Master’s Game~
Characters gain unique Abilities which allow players to perform a number of tricks, and combos. Many of these unique Abilities can be used to thwart rivals.

  • There is also a simplified variant called "Dress-Rehearsals" found in the Files section & the Variants forum.
  • There is a 4 Player version called "Cutthroat" found in the Files section.
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A Fool's Fortune
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Publisher: Rio Grande Games
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Year: 2012
Product Code: 487
Size: 5.20 x 7.40 x 2.80 inches
0.80 pounds
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Release Date: Dec 2012
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2 Reference cards
A set of 4 reference cards that cover turn sequence and character actions.
English
2014-08-20
5 Player aid
A two-page player aid. The first page describes the character abilities, breaking them down according the acts in which they are introduced. With thanks to Chris Jones, as it is 90% his work, the second page is a glossary of terms.
English
2014-07-13
5 Fool's Fortune: Cutthroat ~ a 4 Player variation
Cutthroat is a 4 player version of A Fool’s Fortune. Each Player has a Partner with whom they must work with to eliminate their Rivals. But once their Rivals are gone… so is the partnership! There can be only one Winner of A Fool’s Fortune: Cutthroat!
English
2013-02-02
7 Dress Rehearsal
The Dress Rehearsal is a quick way to learn, introduce & play A Fool's Fortune.
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2013-01-07
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