The game, which is about power and influence in the French court at the end of the 17th Century is by Rüdiger Dorn.
The players take on the roles of members of the Court where they carry out their missions and goals at Versailles. By using cards and influence stones, they influence high-ranking Court attendants, such as the King's Mother or one of the countless Royal mistresses. Naturally, the Sun King himself has a special role here too.
Influence the King's next decrees. Relax in his radiance on his countless cushions. Bribe ministers and buy generals. Spin intrigue and spread your net in the empire of the Sun King. Every plan is right - if it works! A careful plan and provident use of information gained in the court can help you fulfill your mission - and win the game!
An excellent time and a high level of tension are guaranteed. The final outcome is in doubt right up to the end. Each game is different. A change of pace but still a highly promising strategy game in the finest Alea tradition, one which sits at level 5 on the Alea complexity scale.
Contents: 90 cards, 64 influence markers, 4 cardboard frames with mission chips, game boards, gold coins, coat-of-arms, 1 game figure, 1 rule booklet. Box size approximately 27 x 17 x 7cm.
2 - 4 players
Ages 12 & up
Playing time: 90 minutes
Publisher: Rio Grande Games / Alea
Author: Rüdiger Dorn
Winner Best Advanced Strategy Game Games Magazine 2006
Winner Deutscher SpielePre 2005
Finalist International Gamers Award Award 2005