Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Number of players: 2 - 5
Official Recommended Age: 12 years and above
Users' Recommended Age: 10 years and above
Playing Time: 30 minutes
In game text: Moderate
Game Description: The French Revolution is famous in part for the use of the guillotine to put nobles to death, and this is the macabre subject of this light card game. As executioners pandering to the masses, the players are trying to behead the least popular nobles. Each day the nobles are lined up and players take turns killing the ones at the front of the line until all the nobles are gone. However, players are given cards which will manipulate the line order right before 'harvesting,' which is what makes the game interesting. After three days worth of chopping, the highest total carries the day.
Reviews & Comments:
BGG John Moreland:"Great opening game (while waiting for everyone to arrive) or end-of-the-evening choice for relaxation and some laughs. Very fun!"
BGG Jon Prive:"This is a great game! It's fun and engaging. My fiancee and I have discussed making a "custom" version of the cards to take out our frustrations! I love the artwork, too. Very entertaining! "
BGG Thomas Twedell:"Guillotine has every quality I look for in a card game: original and funny story, easy to learn and fun to play."
BGG Ellen W."I just love this game. I can never turn down an opportunity to play it. I've brought it into work to play during lunch break and everyone loves it."
BGG Chris Hayes:"The simplest of simple games. Great for when you have only a little time to kill with some friends. Simple point-collection card game, with a morbidly hilarious theme to it."
BGG Darrin WIlliams:"A great bait game and great for kids. I decided to remove the "Piss Boy" card from the deck to make it a little more family friendly. Of course, I have no problem with cutting off people's heads."
BGG Trent Seigfried:"EXCELLENT group card game, and wonderful introduction to "beer and pretzel" style thinking games. Nice theme, subtle strategies, and quickly playable."
BGG Hanna beledra:"My all time favourite and one of the dearest games I own. On the first play reading the texts in the cards require some time, but on the second and third game when most of the cards are known, playing is just blast."
BGG David Bauer:"This game got it going for us. Very fun and
entertaining with a great cast of characters. It is truely unique and started
me on the search for more games than I could play. We have been playing all sorts of games since I bought this one."
How To Play: Each player starts with five action cards in your hand. There are 12 nobles in line to lose their head during Day One of executions. You have the option of playing an action card at the beginning of your turn. If so, you take the action immediately (actions are all stated on the cards). Whether you’ve played an action card or not, you then must behead the first noble in line, then take another action card from the deck. When there are no more nobles in line, lay out 12 more for the next day. The game is over after three days of executions. Any exceptions to these rules are printed on the cards themselves. Some nobles are worth more points than the others. Winner is the person with most points.
_BGG Carol Jones:"Excellent game for preteens. Opportunity to teach a little about the French Revolution. kids (especially the boys) like the concept of chopping the heads off!"
BGG Tara Goulding:"An absolute bargain -- learn it in 5 minutes, play it for hours. Fun, funny, and also quick so you can play it over breakfast and not be late for work :-) "
BGG Andy Grimwold:"So far I have racked up 177 plays of Guillotine, and I can see it continuing to get a lot of play at lunchtime.. so the high score is complimented by a high quantity of plays. I rate it 24 out of 25!" Read the full review here - Guillotine: A Lunchtime Gaming Review.
BGG Mike Mead:"I like the game. It is short and light. It is a good filler game, or even good if you decide you are going to play lots of filler games in the evening. My wife and I have found that this is a good game to play if we are tired, and just put our little one to bed. It sets up quick, and you are finished within 20 minutes. You directly affect your opponent with your actions, so folks who don't like games with direct confrontation should probably stay away. The artwork is humorous, and there is enough elements of strategy to keep you coming back for more. When you play this game, you will often find yourself playing it multiple times in a row. This is a bicycle game - once you learn it, you will always remember how to play it. You never need to refer to the rules unless you are looking for clarification on a finer point. For me, the biggest reason I like to play this game - my wife likes to play it as well. 9 out of 10" Read the full review here - Guillotine: Let The Piss Boy Eat Cake
BGG Arcadian Del Sol:"Actually own two because I'm prone to giving this one away when I find that others enjoy playing it. Its easy to learn, and plays fast. The theme has been criticized as being 'tacked on' and I suppose you could make a case for that, but I just like the game. Its about cutting the heads off wealthy French people. Whats not to love"
BGG Trevor Barens:"Fun, silly little game. Another fun one to teach non-gamers and is entertaining enough for everyone!"
BGG David Nichols:"Short, fast-paced, well-illustrated, and easy to teach. Very nearly a perfect game."
BGG Jan Annarella:"This game is a TON of fun! It's super-light, but has just enough randomness, luck and strategy to be vastly enjoyable. Simple rules and mechanics. Everyone who I've ever played this game with has enjoyed it."
BGG Laurel & Matt:"A personal favourite of mine and one that, even after 10 years, still sees the game table regularly and never fails to disappoint."