This weekend the hubby and I were prowling our local game stores, always on the hunt for something new. Not that we don’t have enough games but as any true gamer knows you can NEVER have enough.
We’d seen other versions of “Love Letter" around but hadn’t paid it much attention. We knew it’d been the break-out hit at GenCon but, again, didn’t really think much of it.
Then we saw this version on the shelves. Being a fan of the Legends of Five Rings because I’m so in love with all things Japanese, I looked it over. And at ten dollars…. well, it was an easy buy.
We brought it home and were surprised at the bang for our buck. First, the value in simple terms - the box is wonderfully sturdy, the cards embossed and filled with glorious artwork from the L5G world, the little red wooden blocks cute as all get-out and the purple bag the game sits in will never, ever, leave this house.
The Game, well… what a find!
Love Letter is played with only 16 cards, one of the reasons I was a bit cynical about picking it up. How can a game for 2-4 players have any sort of stability or replay value with only 16 cards?
I was SO wrong.
Here’s the official description from AEG: “Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck, for 2–4 players. Designed by Seiji Kanai, the game features incredibly simple rules that create dynamic and exciting player interactions. Players attempt to deliver their love letter into the Princess’s hands while keeping other players’ letters away. Powerful cards lead to early gains, but make you a target. Rely on weaker cards for too long and your letter may be tossed in the fire!”
We wondered how it could be so popular with so few cards… but this game is a glorious mastery of strategy and luck that works so well with so little that I weep for anyone trying to copy it.
The game is addictive and so portable that it easily lends itself to being carried around in a pocket for those times where you want to play a fast game but don’t have a lot of room to play in or don’t want to commit to hours and hours. The average game is less than a half-hour and it’s so portable that it’s already become a mandatory addition to our travel kit. (and my purse when we buy more copies!)
I can’t recommend “Love Letter” enough. The only caveat is on the artwork you prefer - as you can see on the AEG site there are different images depending on the version you get. I loved the L5R and recommend that one. The game doesn’t change no matter what the artwork though and I can guarantee you that once you try this game you’ll be hooked!