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The Queen's Dilemma
The Queen's Dilemma
by IELLO, Horrible Games, HeidelBĂ„R Games (2023)
Player Count
3 to 6

Player Ages

Playing Time
1 hour to 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Political
  • Fantasy
  • Negotiation
  • Designers
  • Lorenzo Silva
  • Hjalmar Hach
  • Mechanisms
  • Voting
  • Storytelling
  • Hidden Traitor
  • Legacy Game
  • Bribery
  • Artists
  • Martin Mottet
  • Family
  • Crowdfunding: Kickstarter
  • Legacy
  • Rating: 8/10 from 1 users


    The Queen's Dilemma is a sequel to The King's Dilemma,, the award-winning (and Kennerspiel des Jahres-nominated) interactive narrative legacy game, and uses an improved Dilemma Card System to bring players an even more immersive experience.

    Set a hundred years after the dramatic events of the first game and building upon the revolutionary Dilemma Card System, The Queen’s Dilemma introduces a brand-new story, improves the existing legacy mechanisms, and adds a lot of new exclusive features.

    Take your seat at the Queen’s Council and choose your own persona from a pool of 6 unique characters. You will live the story from their perspective, whether as a cunning master of subterfuge, a fierce military leader, a greedy merchant, a philosopher advocating for progress, an aristocrat with a penchant for the occult, or a vicious lord tied to criminal activities.

    Develop your character with exclusive personal abilities. Each character comes with Duchies or Marks under their direct control, and a deck of secret personal objectives and branching narrative paths that will define your story and future goals—which may intertwine with the destiny of the entire kingdom.

    Shape the political identity of the Realm through the new ideology system. The policies you enact will alter the balance between eight opposing political ideologies: Tradition against Progress, Force against Diplomacy, Order against Liberty, and Matter against Spirit. These also represent the moral values and agenda of your character: each one has a founding ideology they always root for, and other secondary interests whose importance varies from game to game, changing alliances at the table.

    But that’s not all. The new keyword system allows the game to keep track of your personal choices: an unexpected act of forgiveness could secure you the eternal gratitude of the people, but a radical resolution could tarnish your reputation forever. Make your decisions wisely: the consequences of your choices will come back to reward or haunt your character later in the campaign.

    Watch the map of the kingdom evolve as a result of your decisions! The events that unfold will change the world forever and unlock new game rules altering the flow of the campaign. Defend your interests when a Dilemma card directly involves the territories placed under your control, and construct buildings to gain new abilities and sources of revenue.

    Manage the resources of your lands and trade with other players to achieve your goals: increase your political power, collect materials to improve your buildings, support the Queen’s Army in the war in the south, and provide for the needs of your people to avoid discontent, unrest, and revolts.

    —description from the publisher

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