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Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots

Feel the pulse of a sovereign's will and taste the tears of her betrayals.

It's 1553 and Mary of Guise has given birth to the future Queen of Scotland. Days later King James V dies throwing the young Mary Stuart into medieval power politics. You begin play as a Scottish Lord/Lady within a 16th-century world of Scottish estates, castles, medieval cities, and alliances - scenes that filled Mary's eyes and fashioned her soul. Through realistic reenactment of historic events, understand anew Mary Stuart’s intellect, courage, and essence - juxtaposed by the greed of English and Scottish Lords. As you vie to influence the Regent of Scotland, future husbands, and religious leaders - history unfolds through character plots, scenes, and political power plays. Soon you'll know Mary's heart, her passions, feel the pulse of a sovereign's will, and taste the tears of her betrayals.

The Life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots is an absolutly unique and fascinating card game that faithfully reenacts her story. You'll use your position as a powerful Scottish Lord/Lady -- building a political alliance, influencing those responsible for Mary’s story and plotting actions to outwit fellow nobility.

The game is played in two Acts or scoring rounds, each with its own cast of characters, scenes, and historical events. You'll control powerful Estates and direct historical characters to gain an advantage and shape history. Outwit and anticipate your opponents next moves -- being one step ahead of key historical events to win the game.

Select a stage manager, set the stage, and lean forward in your director’s chair as the curtain raises. The game is afoot!

Act 1 - The Queen of Pawns

  • Scene 1 - Coronation, Sept. 1543, Mary Stuart, Sterling Castle.
  • Scene 2 - Papal Legate, 1545, Cardinal Beaton, St. Andrews Castle.
  • Scene 3 - Treaty of Haddington, July 1548, Earl of Arran, Haddington, France.
  • Scene 4 - Regency, 1554, Mary of Guise, Edinburgh.

Act 2 - Scotland’s Queen

  • Scene 1 - Marriage, July 1565, Mary Stuart, Lord Darnley, Holyrood Palace.
  • Scene 2 - Prisoner, June 1567, Earl of Moray, Lockleven Castle.
  • Scene 3 - Abdication, June 1567, James VI, Edinburgh.
  • Scene 4 - Exile, May 1568, Mary Stuart, England.

You'll need to balance your powers as landed noble -- controlling historical estates such as Edinburgh and Sterling Castle -- while competing as a Royal Courtier within Mary's inner circle. Create plays to forge personal relationships, instigate religious conflicts, and provide political intrigue among the game's characters.

A fascinating dimension of gameplay involves reenacting and completing historical scenes from Mary’s tumultuous life and complex story. Each game is unique and no one strategy is best. You'll need to dynamically adjust your plays as others create situations that can totally change the game if left unchecked.

For those fascinated by Mary's complex story, owning and sharing this game is a must. History is re-lived and retold in new, fun, and interesting ways.

Other Important Matters

We thank the National Library of Scotland [ National Library of Scotland ] who has graciously provided us a license for using many of their beautiful lithographs and maps of historic Scotland - capturing the essence of Mary's world. These unique and captivating works of art give the game its authentic look and feel, accurately depicting the actual estates where Mary and those involved in her story lived or met an untimely end.

We also thank the Marie Stuart Society, a Scottish Charity Number SC044300, that exists to promote and encourage an interest in Mary Queen of Scots, her life and times. Please visit their site for more details on their wonderful philanthropic activities:

Share Mary's story with others by hosting a Scottish themed social event, playing Act 1 with four teams/clans. Consult Scottish Recipes | Scotland is Now for authentic Scottish receipts. Sláinte!

In addition to the rules, the game comes with free downloads of a Quick Start Guide and Theatrical Playbill may be freely printed. Use these to set the stage, providing a historical introduction to each Act and its scenes.

We encourage you to read John Guy's book "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart" for understanding Mary's story and a fascinating read. This book reads like a detective novel and we meticulously researched.

Finally, we thank you for your purchase and know you'll enjoy owning, playing, and sharing Mary's venturesome life with others.


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Why buy this?

  • Beautiful gift for those interested in Mary's Story
  • Simple play but full of strategy with many paths to victory
  • Attention to detail on game design, art, & historical facts




Average Rating 2 reviews
Publish Date July 08, 2016
Edition First (July 2016)
Department Card Games
Genre Historic
Theme Politics
Setting Alternate Past
Primary Mechanic Strategy
If You Like Diplomacy
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