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The king of Banteave, Eyvard III, high prince of House Dillestone and Sovereign of the Seaward Coast, has died without heir. Civil war is certain.

You’re a young warrior prince or warrior princess of one of the royal houses of Banteave. You’re caught up in this looming war of succession. To see your house exalted, you’ll have to fight and scheme, allying with your rivals and betraying your friends, falling in love with your enemies, daring danger, adventure, romance, and war.

You were born for this.

Fight with your friends. Ally with your rivals. Fall in love with your enemies.

To play, you’ll need 3–5 players, a copy of the playbook for each, and a deck of cards. 1-3 hours, ages 15+.

Download the "Spreads" file for easiest home printing. Download the "Zinespreads" and "Zinecovers" files for booklet / zine printing.

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
AuthorMeguey & Vincent Baker, et al
TagsFantasy, Multiplayer, Romance, War


Buy Now$15.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $15 USD. You will get access to the following files:

The King Is Dead - Pages.pdf 1 MB
The King Is Dead - Spreads.pdf 270 kB
The King Is Dead - Zinecovers.pdf 4 MB
The King Is Dead - Zinespreads.pdf 273 kB

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The King Is Dead physical boxed set, booklets only

$25 + $10 shipping & handling. US only, please.

This boxed set includes 5 booklets. You'll need a deck of standard playing cards to play.

$25 + $10 shipping & handling. US only, please.

The King Is Dead physical boxed set, with all 4 custom decks

$80 + $15 shipping & handling. US only, please.

This boxed set includes 5 booklets plus four custom card decks:

The Sites & Strongholds Deck. Lay them out on the table at the beginning of play to create a visual touchstone for the geography of the game.

The Companies & Notables Deck. Play military companies and notable personages on the map to spark inspiration, signal your intentions, and raise the stakes.

The Intrigue & Muster Deck. When you play Intrigue & Muster, play your card out on the table to mark areas of conflict and create a visual record of ongoing events.

A custom-backed standard deck to complete the set.

You don't need the custom cards to play, but they're pretty fun.

$80 + $15 shipping & handling. US only, please.

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Hi Vincent & Meg, is it possible to get the "decks" PDF? I think my copy has lost a few pieces over the course of many plays (love this game) and was wanting to print up a new set of decks for completion.