Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots

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

It's 1553 in Scotland 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. Play begins with the creation of a 16th century world of ancient Scottish estates, castles, medieval cities, and old 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 Scottish Lords. As you vie to influence the Queen Dowager, the Regent of Scotland, future husbands, and religious leaders - history unfolds through character plots, scenes, and acts. Soon through character dynamics you'll know her 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 a unique and fascinating card game that faithfully reenacts her story. You'll act as a powerful Scottish Lord governing estates, establishing foreign alliances, competing to direct those responsible for Mary’s story, and, plotting game actions to outwit fellow nobility.

The game is played in two scoring rounds called Acts, each with its own cast of characters, scenes, and historical events. You match resources to Estates to manage them and Persona cards to characters to direct them. Manage and direct the right combination to complete historical scenes, score points, and win the game.

You’ll 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.

Game play asks you to strike a balance between being a powerful landed noble - controlling historical estates such as Edinburgh and Sterling Castle by matching needed resources to estates - while competing as a royal courtier within Mary's inner circle, playing Persona cards that draw you into the relationships, religious conflicts, and political intrigue among the game's characters. Another aspect involves reenacting and completing historical scenes from Mary’s fascinating life and complex story. Each game is unique and no one strategy is best as players must dynamically adjust to each others plays and approaches. History is re-lived and retold in new, fun, and interesting ways.

For those fascinated by Mary's complex story, owning and sharing this game is a must.

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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 others involved in her story lived, visited, or met an untimely end.

We also thank the Marie Stuart Society, 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 the wonderful philanthropic activities they promote at: []

To help share Mary's story with others, may we suggest you host a Scottish themed social event, playing Act 1 with four teams / clans. Consult Scottish Recipes | Scottish Food [] for authentic Scottish receipts. Sláinte!

In addition to the rules, the game comes with a Quick Start Guide and Theatrical Playbill that may be downloaded and freely printed. These set the stage of your event, providing a historical introduction to each Act and its scenes. Print it on parchment paper forming a Program with instructions for game play.

We also encourage you to read John Guy's book "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart" for better understanding Mary's story and for a fascinating read. This book is one of highest rated, factually based books on the subject and reads like a detective novel.

And finally, we thank you for your purchase and trust you will enjoy owning, playing, and sharing this unique, charming, and fascinating game as a remembrance to Mary's venturesome life.




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Cool Factors

  • 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


DesignerCuriosity Gaming
Average Rating (2)
Publish DateJuly 08, 2016
EditionFirst (July 2016)
DepartmentCard Games
ThemeEmpire Building
AudienceCasual Gamer
Primary MechanicResource Control
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