Brutal Kingdom - A Card Game of Animals, Intrigue and Betrayal - Thames and Kosmos
The King is dead; long live the Queen! Or vice versa, really, as in the intriguing game Brutal Kingdom it's hard to tell what everyone is up to and who will have the greatest impact until it all ends. Yes, the bishop's poison has been touched, but has it been administered to the abbot or is it still waiting to be used? What's happening with the witch? And the executioner is waiting for his next job...
At the beginning of a round, each player has four character cards in hand. On your turn, you play a card in front of you and follow its instructions. With some cards, you can carry out actions on your opponent and bring an end to the round's influence — but only if you don't fall victim to your opponent in the process.
The king's court is no place for the faint of heart - or the weak of claw and fang. Here, almost everyone is secretly plotting to attain the greatest amount of power in three spheres of influence: royal, clerical, and mystical. The bishop has avoided a poisoning, but now the danger awaits the abbot, who himself pursues the witch. The king and queen are at each other’s throats, while the executioner awaits his next assignment.
The law is survival of the fittest in this game of feral human nature. The 20 stunningly illustrated anthropomorphized animal characters will have you clawing your way to power by tooth and nail.