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Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots

Gain fame and fortune by controlling a young Queen, the Royal Court, & Scotland’s estates.



Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots is a card game set in 16th Century Scotland after the sudden death of King James V. It’s a time of religious upheaval, military conflict, and high politics. As aristocracy converge to seize power, who will gain fame and fortune by controlling the Royal Court, Scotland’s estates and its resources?

Object of the Game

In Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, each player assumes the role of a Lord or Lady scheming to make their family the richest and most influential. Players manage Scottish estates and foreign alliances, create wealth from resources, and attend the Royal Court to control important people and events from Mary’s life.

The game is played in two scoring rounds called Acts. Each Act has its own cast of characters and events that guide gameplay. An Act begins with players building their realm of estates and alliances. It progresses to the Royal Court where players engage each other in political power struggles.

As the game advances, players bank points for managing estates and their resources; influencing and controlling character’s from Mary’s life; and, for being the first to complete key events from Scotland’s past.


The goal is to have the most points at the end of the game. You can accumulate points during gameplay by being the first to complete any of an Act’s 4 events, but most of the points are awarded at the end of the Act for your estates and their resources, and for your influence and control over the characters of the Royal Court. You need wealth in the form of Power Tokens to attend the Royal Court and you need estates to create wealth. Thus, you have to balance managing estates with becoming influential within the court - while responding to the devious plans of your fellow aristocrats.

Free Downloads

Download the informative Quick Start Guide and Rules version 1.5 (Dec 2018).


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Why buy this?

  • Build your empire, grow your fame and fortune
  • Influence the Royal Court for supporting your cause
  • Experience the intrigue and turbulent events of Mary's life




Average Rating 3 reviews
Publish Date July 08, 2016
Edition 1.5 (Dec 2018)
Department Card Games
Genre Historic
Theme Empire Building
Setting Alternate Past
Primary Mechanic Strategy
More Info Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots web site


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Own It Played It Fun Priced Well High Replay Value Well Written Rules Nice Artwork