Saturday, May 4, 2013
A love letter to Love Letter.....
Love Letter in every second post and article I read. If you haven't heard of Love Letter, then you probably don't read too many board game blogs. So why is a game that costs $7, plays in about 5 minutes, and uses 16 cards and a few red cubes suddenly the darling of the game world? Well, maybe that's just it. Simpilcity. 10 seconds of rules explanation which yields, I daresay, a great half hour of fun, albeit very light fun.
It's overly simple but what makes the game interesting are the card powers. Cards are numbered 1-8 and the different values all have different actions. One lets you look at another player's card, some let you guess an opponent's card and eliminate that player if you're right, one makes you discard your other card of a certain type, and so on. Each option is simple but the interplay of the actions is what creates such an enjoyable little round. It's entirely possible to be eliminated on the first turn but when rounds can run under 2 minutes this doesn't really bother anyone. Shuffle 'em up, deal another one!
Yes, Love Letter has a hefty dose of luck but I've never seen so much fun packed into such a short, simple package. Do yourself a favour and pick this lovely little filler up - anyone can learn it and anyone can play it and everyone will love it. And for 7 bucks, that's a pretty awesome deal.