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Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:56
This is a very simple two player card/boardgame based on fencing.
Version: 1994
Author: Reiner Knizia
BGG: 169


En Garde is a very simple game. It actually has rules for three different levels of play, but even the advanced level is still a simple game. In brief, the fencers start at opposite ends of a 23-space linear mat. There is no sideways movement - only forward or backward. You cannot move through the other player or backward off the mat, so your movement is limited to the spaces between your start space and your opponent.


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There is a 25-card deck consisting of five each of the numbers 1 through 5. Each player has a five card hand - play one card, move the exact number of spaces forward or back, then draw a replacement card. If you play a card which would take you to your opponent's space, instead of moving, you attack (thrust with your foil) from where you are. Your opponent can parry by playing a card equal to the number card you played. You can, if desired, play more than one card of the same rank in an attack - each must be parried by a separate card to avoid a touch. Thus, if you are four spaces away, and have three or more "4" cards, play them all - since there are only five "4s" total, you're guaranteed a touch. The most your opponent can have is the other two "4s", meaning he can't parry your third card.

If you parry successfully, you might be able to riposte - play another card of the same number, if you have one. The essence of the game is maneuver - and remembering what cards have been played. You rarely want to end your turn one-to-five spaces away from your opponent if you don't have at least one card of that number. Occasionally you may take a chance (or you may know that all cards of a given number have been played), so it can happen. But the game is largely one of maneuvering to where you think you're stronger.

The round ends when the 25th card is drawn. There are rules for resolving the end of a round if no one has made a touch. The game includes a scoring track (or scoring die in the later edition) - first one to score five touches on his opponent wins. -Steffan O'Sullivan


EnGarde Homebrew
"A home-brewed board and cards I made for personal use."
Version: 04.2009
Author: Patrick Rael
Download: ZIP Archive


EnGarde Simple
The full game on one printable page and the rules as a seperate file.
Version: 02.2010
Author: Auberon Kinchy
Download: ZIP Archive


EnGarde Duell
Duell is basically the same game as EnGarde but contains a couple of special cards to change the game quite drastically.
Version: 05.2008
Author: Marcin S
Download: ZIP Archive