Dwarf King is a trick-taking game with dozens of different goals and a few special cards with zany effects. There are three suits (Dwarves, Goblins, and Humans) of thirteen cards each, 25 special cards and sixteen contract cards. Each round, each player is dealt a number of normal cards and two contracts, of which he selects one to fulfill that round. He also draws one special card, of which the type (Dragon, Mummy, Sorcerer, Troll, Wizard) can be freely chosen. After seven rounds, the player who scores the most points (by fulfilling his contracts) wins the game.
The game is played over seven rounds. At the start of a round, the dealer randomly draws one special card, reads it to all the players, shuffles it into the deck, then deals the deck out evenly to all players. The player who receives the 5 of Knights draws a contract tile, reads it, then chooses one of the two scoring rules on it to apply for that round.
The player holding the 5 of Goblins leads on the first trick. Players must follow suit if possible, and the game inclues no trump. The highest card played of the suit led wins the trick and leads to the next trick. Once all cards have been played, players tally their points (possibly negative), remove the special card and contract tile from the game, then shuffle for the next round.
The player who scores the most points over seven rounds wins the game.
Designed by: Bruno Faidutti
Published by: IELLO
Genres: Card and Dice
Ages: 10 and up
Players: 3 to 5
Playing Time: 40 minutes