Driven by their successes, the Resistance has gained popular support and entire regions are in open rebellion. In a desperate attempt to stay in control, some government leaders are publicly supporting the reforms demanded by the resistance. But allegiances are constantly shifting, and can be bought for the right price.
The opportunity for intrigue and bluff has never been greater. The cost of failure couldn’t be higher. Even with the reformation, only one can survive.
Coup: Reformation, an expansion for the original version of Coup: City State from La Mame Games, adds new cards to the game and rules for factions and team play that increases tension in the early stages for four or more players and (thanks to 15 additional character cards) allows Coup to be better played with up to ten players.
2–10 Players / 15 Min Playing Time / Age: 10+
In the not too distant future, the government is run for profit by a new “royal class” of multi-national CEOs.Their greed and absolute control of the economy has reduced all but a privileged few to lives of poverty and desperation.Out of the oppressed masses rose The Resistance, an underground organization focused on overthrowing these powerful rulers. The valiant efforts of The Resistance have created discord, intrigue and weakness in the political courts of the noveau royal, bringing the government to brink of collapse.But for you, a powerful government official, this is your opportunity to manipulate, bribe and bluff your way into absolute power.
To be successful, you must destroy the influence of your rivals and drive them into exile.In these turbulent times there is only room for one to survive.
Coup is a lightning fast game of bluff and manipulation for 2-6 players.If you are not already familiar with Coup – here is a quick overview and review from Tom Vasel, an industry leading reviewer:
With Coup: Reformation, each player must declare himself either Catholic (Loyalist in the second edition) or Protestant (Reformist) and can target only members of the other faction. Conversion is possible, however, for yourself or for another player by paying a charitable donation to the Almshouse (Treasury). Like all factions, once you have eliminated or converted the other group, you just descend into in-fighting, so there’s still only one winner and no second place.
Coup: Reformation adds a new fluid team dynamic to Coup as players jostle with their allegiance to take advantage or seek protection in the early stages of the game.
- Place the Treasury Reserve card in the center of the play area.
- Give each player an Allegiance card. The start player chooses an Allegiance (either Loyalist or Reformist) and places their Allegiance card, with the corresponding side-up, in front of them.
- Going clockwise around the table, each player alternates Allegiance from the previous player, placing their Allegiance card in front of them.
Game Play Changes
A player cannot Coup, Assassinate, Steal from nor block a Foreign Aid attempt by another player of the same Allegiance unless all players are of the same Allegiance.
- Pay 1 coin to change your Allegiance or pay 2 coins to change the Allegiance of one other player. Coins paid for this action are placed on the Treasury Reserve card. The relevant Allegiance card is then turned to the other side.
- Unless you have the Duke, you may take all the coins on the Treasury Reserve card.
- Anyone can challenge that the player attempting to Embezzle has the Duke. If the challenged player does have the Duke, they must concede and lose the challenge (a player that does not have the Duke may concede and lose the challenge); return the coins taken to the Treasury Reserve card and lose one influence card.
- If the challenged player does not have the Duke (and does not concede) they must show their influence card(s), the challenger loses; the revealed influence cards are shuffled back into the court deck and replaced randomly (this does not cause a loss or gain in the number of influence cards to the challenged player).
- Remove all the Ambassador character cards from the Court deck and replace with Inquisitor cards. The Inquisitor has the following character actions, only one of which may be taken in a turn:
- Exchange one card with the Court deck. First take one random card from the Court deck. Choose which, if any to exchange with your face down cards. Then return one card to the Court deck.
- Look at an opponent’s card and force an Exchange.
- First the selected opponent chooses one of their face down cards to show to the Inquisitor. The Inquisitor looks at that card and may either hand that card back, or the Inquisitor may force the opponent to draw a new card randomly from the Court deck before returning the given card to the Court deck.
- As a counteraction the Inquisitor may Block Stealing.
- A player cannot Examine another player of the same Allegiance unless all players are of the same Allegiance.
More Than Six Player Variant
- Coup & Reformation can be played with 7 or 8 players by including 4 each of the selected character cards in the Court deck (20 cards total). Coup can be played with 9 or 10 players by including 5 each of the selected character cards in the Court deck (25 cards total).
- Note: Playing with more than 6 players can significantly increase playing time, and may lead to long waits for those that are eliminated early. It is recommended for experienced players and exceptional situations
- 10 Allegiance Cards
- 1 Treasury Reserve Card
- 15 character cards (2 each of Duke, Assassin, Captain, Ambassador,
- Contessa and 5 of the Inquisitor)
- 10 summary cards