Test of the card game Skull King

Skull King does not have a board or a narrative theme and yet it has all the makings of a nice little card game. Despite its good-natured aesthetic, its rules are far from simplistic.

Skull King was designed by Grandpa Beck's Games.

Test of the card game Skull King

The team behind the fun Hide Your Cash and other board games.

Skull King Contents 

  • 1 Presentation of the game Skull King
  • 2 A word about the creator
  • 3 Skull King game rules
  • 4 Skull King review
  • 5 Notes

Presentation of the game Skull King

A game of Skull King consists of 10 rounds. At the beginning of a round, each player indicates the number of tricks he thinks he can make. Of course, you should get as close as possible to your estimate, otherwise you will lose a lot of points. The new edition of Skull King also contains a dice version.

Skull King - contents of the box
Skull King - contents of the box

Skull King by Grandpa Beck's Games is very much inspired by Ken Fisher's card game Wizard. Both games are very successful in the US. Skull King is also available in several languages. It takes the concept of Wizard and pushes it further.

A word about the creator

Skull King is a card game created by Brent Beck and Apryl Scott, it was released in English in 2013 before being taken over in multilingual format by Schmidt Spiele. More precisely, Skull King has been translated into 7 different versions.

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Skull King - cartes pirates | Skull King cartes gros plan



Brent Beck is one of the founders of Grandpa Beck's games, a board game publishing company. One of the games they published was Hide Your Cash, which was a great success. Other games published by Grandpa Beck's games include: Reign of Dragoness, Gnoming A Round and Antiquity Quest.

The rules of Skull King

Skull King is a folding game, if you know the classic Elevator, you will quickly understand the rules. Each player is dealt one card in the first round, two in the second, and so on up to 10 cards in the tenth round. In each round, the number of tricks you can make is estimated. This is done by pointing with the fingers or making a closed fist to indicate zero.

Each player wins or loses points depending on how close they come to their bet. At the end of the tenth round, the final scores are calculated. 

The player of Skull King with the highest score is declared the winner. Having cards with high values increases the chances of winning a trick. Of course, not predicting anything can be lucrative, but also very risky.

The game box contains: 56 colour cards, 14 special cards, 4 extension cards, 16 game aids, 16 betting reminders, 4 blank cards and a score book. Skull King is designed for 2 to 6 players, and a game lasts about 30 minutes.

Opinions on Skull King

Skull King is a game with a lot of depth underneath. 

You win in Skull King by sharpening your strategy, and by bluffing sparingly. Fans of Wizard should quickly find their feet. As for the others, it will be an opportunity to have fun with friends. The rules can be learned quickly and a game lasts about 30 minutes.

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