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The Cousins War Card Game

SUSTCOW The Cousins War Card Game published by Surprised Stare Games

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Includes Supply Wagon / Cannon card for Snowdonia and Secret Guild Of Guildsmen card for Guilds Of London.

The Wars of the Roses were fought between the Houses of York and Lancaster for over three decades during the 15th century in England. The houses were both branches of the royal family, therefore the Wars were originally known as "The Cousins' War". Each player represents one of the houses as they fight battles and gain influence to control England.

The Cousins' War is played over a maximum of five rounds, with each round representing between five and ten years of the conflict. Each round involves gaining influence across England and preparing for a climactic battle.

In each round, the players decide where the current battlefield will be, playing action cards to deploy troops to the battlefield, while also increasing or decreasing their influence in the regions, after which they fight. Players resolve the battle by engaging in bluff and counter-bluff, using three dice, until only one side has troops remaining on the field. Winning the battle helps to consolidate your house's influence on the board.

The objective of the game is to gain control of England. This can be achieved in 1 of 3 ways:

  • At the end of any Round, if a player controls all 3 Regions of England, they win.
  • At the end of Round 5, the player who controls the most Regions wins.
  • If at the end of Round 5 both players control the same number of Regions, the player who won the most battles wins.

    Control of a Region is shown by having the most cubes in that Region.


  • 1 Game Board
  • 17 Action Cards
  • 1 Play Aid Card
  • 12 Red Cubes (Lancaster)
  • 12 White Cubes (York)
  • 2 Blue Cubes (French)
  • 1 Black Cylinder (Round marker)
  • 3 six-sided dice
  • No. of Players: 2

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Min. Age: 12

    Price: 10.99
           (RRP is 12.99)