The whole valley is in turmoil: the King is on his way!
What a prestige for your lineage if your good Sovereign and his Court agree to make a stop in your magnificent castle! Alas, your neighbor has exactly the same idea. Who will know how to attract the King to his domain?
Royal Visit: A frontal duel full of twists and turns!
In Royal Visit, you and your opponent must compete strategically to lure the King to your castle and gain royal favor. The King is accompanied by his Court, i.e. the Guards, the Buffoon and the Bishop, and they all start the game on a path that connects your two castles. On your turn, play a card from your hand to move the Characters, or use the powers of the Bishop and Wizard to influence the position of the King and his Court. You can then move the Crown between your two Duchies, depending on the position of each character.
Indeed, each character has its own constraints on movement, and the final position of the characters directly influences the position of the Crown! The first player who succeeds in getting the King or the Crown into his Castle immediately wins!
Royal Visit: a clever game from Reiner Knizia, and it's beautiful too!
The fun of Royal Visit begins as soon as you open the box, with Karl James Mountford's sublime illustrations, which make it a pure visual delight! Everything in the game is based on the pleasure of handling the material and enjoying an optimal game experience. Game mats, wooden pieces and illustrations already plunge you into a special, welcoming and warm atmosphere.
The mechanics of the game, then, quickly becomes obvious. Fluid and pleasant, it contains all of Reiner Knizia's know-how in the field of the game that is both accessible and tactical. Each character's move is fraught with consequences, and the Crown will not stop going from one side to the other, for games full of spectacular twists and turns. The Wizard and the Bishop having a sometimes unpredictable behavior and the game offering several conditions of victory, it will not be rare to be very close to victory... and to lose on the wire!
Royal Visit is a fearsome title that carries all the DNA of the two-player game in the manner of Schotten Totten, for quick games, full of nervousness, and therefore to the pleasure always renewed.