To win the game, you have to break the rules.
Indulgence is our restoration of 1982’s Dragonmaster and 1966’s Coup d’État, a card game where you can follow the leader’s rules to avoid paying a penalty or try to undermine them for a big reward. This trick-taking game let the players revel in ambition.
Our restoration moves the game to Renaissance Italy, another setting where power plays were fierce. Players take turns choosing to abide by the edict or attempt to sin—break the rule and take all the forbidden cards. To help them, sinners can use the Indulgence, a ring that lets them turn any card into a 10. Or, if they really want to up the ante, they can play their papal bull, which puts a whole set of edicts into play.