Published in 1981 by The Avalon Hill Game Company of Baltimore, Maryland as part of its Bookcase Game series, Down with the King is a political game set in a fantasy world, where 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 nineteen possible actions each turn, a player can only perform two, 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.
This is a never-opened copy of an Avalon Hill classic. This game is in mint condition and in its original shrink wrap, though a piece of the wrapping has been torn in the upper right margin of the box’s front cover.
This timeless classic promises hours of fun and strategy for any game night. If you love the challenge of political intrigue, then this game is right for you!