Posted on October 17, 2018
How to Play Love Letter in 3 Minutes – The Rules Girl
I’m the Rules Girl, and this is Love Letter, a game of risk, deduction, and courtship for 2-4 players. In Love Letter, you play the role of a suitor trying to get your love letter into the hands of the princess, while burning those of your opponents. The goal of the game is win, and you win by collecting enough tokens of affection!
There are 16 cards in the deck, representing the Princess and those close to her, each with special abilities that can help you survive and eliminate other players. On your turn, all you have to do is play a card. When your turn begins, you’ll already have one card in your hand, and will draw another.
Choose one of these cards to play, activating its special ability. For example, playing the Guard lets you target another player and announce the name of any other card. If that player has that card, that player’s eliminated.
Eliminated players put their hand face-up in front of them, and are out until the next round. When your turn’s over, the player to your left takes her turn, and so on, until only one player remains. That player earns a token of affection.
If the deck is empty at the end of a player’s turn, all remaining players show the one card remaining in their hand. The player with the highest number earns the token. If there’s a tie, each tied player adds up the numbers on their played and discarded cards, with the higher sum breaking the tie. The winner of the last round starts the next one.
Keep playing new rounds until one player has earned enough tokens to win the game, and the heart of the princess. We already went over the guard, but here’s the rest of the cards. The Priest lets you privately peek at another player’s card. The Baron lets you choose another player to secretly compare cards with. If one player has a lower value card, she’s eliminated. The Handmaid provides immunity from other players’ actions until your next turn.
The Prince lets you target another player. That player discards their card and draws a new one. The King lets you trade hands with another player. The Countess does nothing, but you must play her if you also have the King or Prince in your hand.
And finally, if you play or discard the princess, you’re instantly eliminated, so watch out for the Prince! Ready to play? Shuffle the cards together, and set aside the top card without looking at it. In a 2-player game, take three more cards and set them aside face-up. Now deal one card to each player. The player that’s most been recently been on a date goes first.
If you like Love Letter, you should try Coup, a similar game with a greater emphasis on bluffing and deception. If you liked this video, consider subscribing to the Rules Girl channel.