When talking about quick games between friends, this is one of the first ones that come to my mind. Love letter is a simple game full of guessing, deduction, and bluffing that was originally released in May of 2012 for 2-4 players. A second edition was released in 2019 that added 2 card types, which allowed for up to 6 players.
The premise is easy. Each player aims to deliver a love letter to the Princess with the assistance of relatives and acquaintances. There are only 16 cards in the deck, consisting of 5 Guards, 2 Priest, 2 Baron, 2 Handmaid, 2 Prince, 1 King, 1 Countess, and 1 Princess. Each card has it’s own rules written on the card as well as a Strength determiner, with Guards being the lowest strength at 1 and the Princess being the highest with a strength of 8.
Each player is dealt 1 card for their hand and draws an additional card at the start of their turn. They must play one of these two cards. You are typically interacting with your opponents by guessing their card, exchanging hands, and so on. Your goal is to knock out everyone else and be the winner, gaining favor. Looking at what you have, what has been played, and what cards you know exist means that there is a lot to think about.
Of course, the number of rounds depends on the number of players. It is easy to learn, easy to teach, and quick to play. However, there is one more thing that makes this game amazing. There are so many variations.
I learned the game by playing the Legend of the 7 Rings edition but there are other editions like Batman, Munchkin, Lovecraft, Jabba’s Palace, Marvel, Princess Princess, Arclight, and probably so much more.
I think this is a perfect game to get your friends involved or if you wanna play something quick and fun. Try it and let me know what you think!