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A Game of Bribery, Bluffing, Betrayal, and Banishment Intrigue - a secret scheme... to achieve or force a result by manipulation, scheming, or underhanded means. Can you suppress your integrity and honor? Will only the money in your coffers have value to you? As master of a palace of unemployed scholars, you must coerce, cajole, con, bully, beg and bribe the other palace holders to employ these freeloading academics and bring you profit. Beware of double-crossing opponents, who may not honor your deals and banish your scholars to the ''Island of Misfit Scholars''. But revenge is sweet (and the profit that much greater) when they come to you for employment!
In theory it's a lot of fun, but I find it just a little too deterministic for my tastes. This is the sort of game where a touch of chaos would liven up the interaction for me. It's not so much a game about screwage as it is about cold calculation. Humans are never as calculating as they should be, which means this game often is won by the clearest thinker. That pushes against the backstabbing atmosphere in my experience.
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