Playing Time: 15-20
They Who Were 8
Gods and goddesses are mercurial beings, given to jealousy and treachery, but they also can possess the august qualities of diplomacy and valor. Who among the pantheon can win enough glory to have their story of mythic victory passed down through the generations?
They Who Were 8 is a micro card game for four players, in teams of two, that lasts about ten minutes. The player sitting opposite you is your partner, and the two of you must gather glory tokens while giving infamy tokens to the opposing team. At the end of the game, all tokens — as well as the powers of your gods — will be worth either positive or negative victory points.
Taking turns clockwise starting with the start player, each player plays one action card from their hand, showing the card to all players, then placing it face down on top of the draw deck. Each action card either adds, removes or moves glory or infamy tokens on other players' god cards. Action cards may not be used for the player's own god cards. Once all four players have each played one action card, the current round ends and all players then pass their remaining card to the player to their left. The player to the left of the previous start player becomes the new start player, shuffles the draw deck and played cards, then deals one action card to each player. The remaining two cards again form the draw deck, then a new round begins.
At any time, a player may use the power of one of their gods. These powers are listed at the bottom of the god cards and each power may be used only once in the game. Powers may supersede any of the game rules listed above.
After all the tokens of any one kind have been placed on players' god cards, the game ends. For each glory token you and your partner have, you score +2 victory points; for each infamy token you and your partner have, you score -1 victory point; for each power of the gods you and your partner have used, you score -2 victory points. The team with the most victory points wins. In the case of a tie, the team with the greatest number of glory tokens wins