Down with the King (1981)

Average Rating: 5.76/10
Board Game Rank: 5734
Thematic Rank: 628
Strategy Game Rank: 1292
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Year Published
1981
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 5, 6 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6, more than 6 players
(5 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Mechanic
Primary Name
Down with the King
Alternate Names
Krone von Alba
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Down With The King is a political game set in a fantasy world.

Players are nobles who plot to overthrow the king. Players must cooperate to defeat the king, but only one of them can take the crown thus backstabbing is always a concern. The game is played through various decks of cards. Players strive to gain prestige and influence points so that they can recruit characters to their side. They also use natural disasters, plagues, interrogations, and other political problems against their opponents. Of 19 possible actions each turn, a player can only perform 2, thus creating a tension and need for strategy. Player interaction is very high because players can perform actions during opponent turns and because nobody is eliminated early from the game. A player who is killed just misses a turn and then returns as the former player's heir, usually with revenge in mind.

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Publisher: Verlag für Fantasy- und Science Fiction-Spiele
Artist: Ulrich Allgaier, Jost Amman, Albrecht Dürer, Charles Kibler, Thomas Lammmore»
Year: 1989
Product Code: 01686
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: Charles Kibler, Alan R. Moon, Dale Sheaffer, Charles Wheatleymore»
Year: 1981
Product Code: 8330
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
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7 Readable Character Cards
My set of Nobles and Royals. It makes the information easier to read. Also, Royals are larger than Nobles to make them more prominent. The royals also have their succession number (R1-R9). Jane is RX (no succession) and Thomas is RU (Unlimited).
English
2014-02-05
5 Color coded event cards
My design for cards with color by type. Purple -- Royal Alignment Red -- DWTK Orange -- Illegal events Green -- Support Blue -- Action Cards Yellow -- Character enhancement
English
2014-01-18
5 More aesthetic event cards
V1.1 Cards have more information for game play. Most have pictures. They also include a graphic for card intrigue and card play. (Designed for Avery Business Cards 5371)
English
2014-01-12
5 Office Card Deck
Included flipside of Office Deck.
English
2013-12-14
5 Monarch Status Sheet
Visual Monarch Status. I had some comments that the colors were not different enough, so I re-did the coloring
English
2013-12-14
7 State of Fandonia
PDF Format. Rather than use the DWTK Record Sheet. We wanted something easier to work and easier to see across the table.
English
2013-12-14
10 Larger Version of Player Aid Sheet
Ok, you know there's always something missed when you do these things. Version 2 adds the Court the Favor of a FARC activity. I've also added more information as far as die rolls for various activities, modifiers, table names, etc. I also added notes to the player turn sequence to pick up on some often missed items - manhunts, prison survival, hand limits, etc. Hopefully this is the FINAL version - I can't find any more missed rules or typos (famous last words). Leo-T
2008-12-19
4 Player Aid for DWTK v1.1
This file contains a summary of available activities, including free activities. It also summarizes the costs and what cards/counters may influence the results. It goes with the re-written version 1.1 rules. The PDF file is a single page that contains two summary cards. it should be printed and the pages cut in half.
2008-12-17
9 Rewritten rules and charts to include Errata
Rewritten rules to include known errata and addenda
English
2008-07-09
7 DWTK - Detailed Event Cards per Errata Rules
The 60 Event Cards revised by the errata with updated descriptions, rules reference, notes, and more on each card. Based on errata rules.
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2008-04-12
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Board Game Rank: 5734
Thematic Rank: 628
Strategy Game Rank: 1292
Num Ratings: 380
Average Rating: 5.76
Standard Deviation: 1.60
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