OBJECTIVE OF GUILLOTINE: The objective of Guillotine is to behead nobles and collect the most points.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: Two to Five Players

MATERIALS: One Carboard Guillotine, Fifty Noble Cards, Sixty Action Cards, and a Rulebook

TYPE OF GAME: Party Card Game

AUDIENCE: Ages twelve and up


If you are ready to behead the unpopular nobles, and of course, win bragging rights in the guillotine locker room, this is the game for you! Collect the most unpopular heads, and the game is yours for sure! Remember, nobody cares about a palace guard, but they will praise you if you behead King Louis XVI!


Firstly, shuffle the Noble deck and the Actions deck separately, leaving room for discard piles on either side.  Each player is then dealt five action cards. Players should sit in a circle around the group, allowing each player to have easy access to the decks. The Guillotine is setup in the center, after all, it is the center of attention.


The game is played throughout the course of three days, with twelve nobles being beheaded each day. The top twelve nobles from the deck are displayed in a row, with the guillotine being on the right. The players will then choose a player to go first.

The player will do three things during their turn. They will play an action card, which allow the player to move nobles up the line, draw additional cards, or completely remove nobles, ect. They will then take the first noble and place it face up in front of them. Finally, they will draw an additional action card.

The player to the left will begin their turn in the same manner. Gameplay continues in this fashion until there are no more nobles available to be collected. That day comes to an end, and a new day is ready to begin! Twelve new nobles are placed in the same position and the game continues.

The player to the left of the last player to start a day will begin the new day. Players are allowed to see which nobles their opponents have collected. When the third day is over, the game comes to an end and points are tallied.


The game comes to an end when the last of the twelve nobles on the third day have been beheaded. Points are then tallied. Each noble has a point value, and players will then add up all of the points that they have accumulated. The player with the most points wins the game!

Nakoa Davis