To Court the King

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To Court the King
Designer(s)Tom Lehmann
Illustrator(s)Volkan Baga
Publisher(s)Amigo Spiele (German)
Rio Grande Games (English)
Setup timeApprox. 5 minutes
Playing time45 minutes
Random chanceDie rolling

To Court the King is a dice-based board game designed by Tom Lehmann. It was published in German by Amigo Spiele and in English by Rio Grande Games in 2006. The basic mechanics of rolling and re-rolling dice have drawn comparisons to the game of Yahtzee.[1][2][failed verification]


Each player starts with the ability to roll 3 dice. After the first roll, a player may choose to reserve any number of those dice and re-roll the rest. He may then repeat this process a second time. Once the player is done rolling, they may use those dice to claim any of the character cards. Different cards will require different combinations of dice. The Laborer, for example, requires a total of 15 or greater. The Knight requires 5 of a kind. Each character card gives that player an additional ability. These range from rolling more dice, having additional re-rolls, the ability the change the die to the facing of your choice and other abilities. Play then passes to the next player.

This continues until a player claims the King and Queen card by rolling 7 of a kind. Once this occurs, each player in turn, gets one final roll. If they are able to roll same number of dice with a higher value or more dice of any matching value (8 of a kind, for example), they then receive the king card. This proceeds around the table to the player who originally claimed the King card, who also rolls. The game is then over and the player who has the best final score wins.[1][2]


The independent board game review site Games of Tradition gave this game an above average rating of 7.5 out of 10, saying "Typically played under 45 minutes, this is also a good family filler: the rules are easy, there is competition, and even kids from 10 years old will enjoy it. On a rainy Sunday afternoon, you’ll appreciate opening the box for a few rounds." The reviewer did warn that due to the requirement for a table, it might not be suitable for camping, but concluded that it "will be a great one for a nice friendly evening."[3]


To Court the King was nominated for the following awards:[4]


  1. ^ a b King, Robin H. (August 2007). "To Court the King". Games Magazine. p. 73.
  2. ^ a b Arneson, Erik. "To Court the King". Retrieved 2007-06-21.
  3. ^ "To Court the King Review". Games of Tradition. 2020-01-15. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  4. ^ "To Court the King". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2020-01-16.

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