The national guard win the day. M le Duc is taken alive.
The action cards have a victory point mechanic to help determine who gets the last word in the game. In this case the revolutionaries only just won. So they deprive M le Duc of a heroic death and give M le Comte a happy ending.
This ends the game, a happy liberal fantasy. Of course this could be the start of a whole new game: Revolutionary Train Wreck. In other words, what usually happens after the cheering ends.
All in all a good game. It took an afternoon to play.
From an experimental point of view, the story cards made a fun game (that didn’t feel too forced). The combat cards also gave fun descriptive fun without feeling like a creative writing exercise. The rules need work but it’s a good start.
The national guard prepare to assault the castle. Meanwhile M le Comte comforts Mademoiselle finishing winning her heart but sacrificing leadership in the revolution. A citizen militia leader emerges M Napoleon (no relation) and the leader of the national guard.
M le Duc sees the writing on the wall but stands fast for the final battle.
The revolutionaries pick the betrayal scene card and tell how the national guard come the support of the people rather than the king.
They arrive behind the royal guard, ambushing them. The Lt sacrifices his life covering the retreat of the royals. Unfortunately a bad dice roll at them worst moment allows the revolutionaries to veto the escape. Poor Lt Vendome sells his life in vain.
The royal guard are large captured, so the blood bath is avoided. All that remains is M le Duc’s few remaining men in the castle.
Fighting breaks out on the line. M le Comte personally leads a raid putting the cannon out of action. The royal guard prepare for the assault.
As it turns out this is a mistake. Betrayal, not assault is the next scene. By not defining this themselves it leaves it up to revolutionaries. This will not be good…
When the prisoner is delivered to M le Duc, the Duc sends the city guard back to Notre Dame. Unfortunately for them, in their absence the people of Paris erect a barricade. The guard try but are rebuffed. Another guardsmen deserts, severely depleting their strength.
M le Comte takes on a leading role in the barricade, which wins him military honor but also wins Mademoiselle’s heart. Love goes to the revolutionaries.
M le Duc next sends in the royal guard with artillery support.
The people of Paris flee in the face of royalist musketry spreading word of the massacre. The guard are able to rush M de M and take him into custody. Meanwhile armed citizens begin gathering from all over the city. Rock start flying along with the occasional shot forcing the guard the retreat. In the confusion one guardsman deserts to be with his family.
Action cards are a version of an Engle Matrix Game. The cards form the matrix of information that players build stories from. The game uses words rather than numbers to run games.
M de Comte defends Mademoiselle’s honor with crossed swords. The locals join by pelting the guard with rocks and rotten fruit.
The guard back off, form a line, and open fire into the crowd.
The sword fight and massacre are run with an experimental card combat system. The two sides have a hand of cards that varies based on who has the advantage. (3 Cards to 3 in the duel – 6 Cards to 1 in the massacre.) The cards are attacks and defenses. If the defenders has a defense it blocks the attack. Some defenses steal the initiative in the fight. When a player can’t defend, they lose the fight. Losers retreat.
That concludes the rules.
To ensure that a story happens without much thought there are also four scene cards that a player can use instead of an action card. The scenes are:
The royalist start the game not with the arrest but instead with the Lt trying to make time with Mademoiselle. Naturally M de Comte had to butt in…
The forces are laid out in the order they appear in the game. Troops appear when the stories say.
M de Marie – Liberal Politician (M de M)
Mademoiselle de Marie – His Daughter (Mademoiselle)
Comte le Lafay – A libertine (M de Comte)
12 Unarmed civilians of Paris. Mainly women and children, plus a few rock throwers
Lt Vendome of the city guard (Lt)
4 City guardsmen in red
Duc de Vendee (M de Duc)
1 Member of the royal guard – 9 more wait off board
More troops await off board.
10 Armed citizens of Paris
9 Remaining royal guardsmen
10 National guardsmen