The Card Game of Unholy Politics, 6th edition
©Kalle Marjola 2006-7
Lords of Hell is a card game for 2-6 players. Gaming time is 15-90 minutes, depending on player count and used rules.
These rules are for beginner game, with minimal rules. Rules for Alliances, Oaths, and Personal Decks are given later. They are recommended but it might be easier to start without them.
Lords of Hell comes with following cards:
Resource card: cards that form the main deck, with total of 60 cards each with red back with Lords of Hell logo. There is two main types of resource cards: events and support cards. Events (marked with lightning) have some immediate effect while support cards (marked with column or similar symbol) stay on the table when tabled until explicitly discarded. Any discarded resource cards form the main deck discard pile, which is face-up next to the main deck. If cards are drawn from the main deck and it runs out, shuffle the discard pile to form a new main deck.
Devil card: tells everybody else who is playing what Devil. Always face-up in the front of player. Each Devil has different power which affects gameplay.
Home realm: each Devil controls one home realm which is always face-up at the front of the player. Each home realm has symbols (Military, Souls, and Politics) with number on them. These numbers are used to resolve ties in dominion supremacy and in some other situations. , the value in Politics, is also used to determine the initiative order, smallest going first.
Each player gets a random home realm card and a Devil card, or whatever suits your gaming group. The players can then arrange to sit in the initiative order, but as this is subject to change, this is not encouraged. Remove non-used Devils from the game and put extra home realms to middle of the gaming board.
Shuffle the resource cards and deal 3 horde cards to front of each Devil. Then shuffle the remaining cards to form the main deck.
The game is played in turns. Each turn has following phases which are completed one by one, by all Devils at the same time:
In the initiative order, each Devil draws 3 cards, but to minimum of 6 hand cards. Thus, if a Devil has 1 hand card at the start of the game turn, that Devil draws 5 cards. Any extra cards are added to this.
In this phase, Devils can trade all cards (except Devil cards) with following rules:
The trading is over when everyone is settled. The Devils can agree on timer, like one minute time limit as soon as a Devil requests for it.
Each Devil, if able, tables 3 cards, but to minimum of 6 tabled cards, face-down. Thus a Devil with 2 tabled shown cards tables 4 cards face-down. Any extra cards are added to this.
After everyone has tabled their cards, all face-down cards are turned face-up. In the initiative order, i.e. Devil with lowest political value (number inside ) in its home realm going first, each Devil handles and discards all event cards it has just revealed. Events are handled from left to right, and all handled events are then discarded to appropriate discard pile, unless the card states otherwise.
When targets for events are determined, always try to find an eligible target unless specifically stated in the card otherwise. Thus, if an event targets a Devil with tabled Common Fiends and most hand cards, find the Devils with Common Fiends and among those the one with the most hand cards.
Find out which Devil has most dots of each type () in tabled cards, in that order. Apply any modifiers so that maximum number of dots are created. The one with most wons supremacy in corresponding dominion. If tied, the Devil with higher value for that dominion on its home realm.
For each supremacy gained, a Devil gains permanent Victory Point (VP), which is marked with some kind of marker. In addition to VP, the Devil who won VP from the (Military dominion) can then swap its home realm with any single other Devil or with any home realm in the middle of the gaming board.
The game then immediately ends if any Devil reaches 6 or more VP in total.
Each Devil is allowed to carry to next turn up to 6 hand cards and 3 tabled horde and/or artifact support cards. Any exceed cards must be discarded. A Devil cannot discard any extra cards unless it has some special power to do it. Thus a Devil with 2 hordes and artifacts on table and 3 hand cards must discard one horde or artifact from the table but cannot discard more.
The discard is done simultaneously - the easiest way is to handle it so that every Devils puts their normal hand cards aside, takes their tabled cards into hand and then picks the 3 cards to keep.
Some cards have effect at the start of the discard phase. If there is several such a cards, the controller chooses the order - the Devil order is determined normally by the initiative order.
The game ends when someone reaches 6 or more VP in total. The new Overlord of Hell is the Devil with most VP. If several Devils reached 6 VP, use following tie-breaker:
The new Overlord gains +1 VP for that position. The winner of the game is the Devil with most VP in total, i.e. the Overlord in basic game.
Owner: the original owner of specific card, i.e. the Devil whose name, number, or symbol is on it. Owner is used to determine where card is returned or put after being played or discarded, and has no effect on who can play it.
Other Devil: not the Devil playing the card effect.
Your side: the Devil itself and any Devils in the same Alliance (if used)
Initiative order: determined by the Political value () of the home realms, the lowest value going first.
Discard piles: face-up, but do not investigate unless need to.
Deck shuffle: unless noted otherwise, when a deck is shuffled, its discard pile is shuffled into it.
Hand cards: unless noted otherwise, hand cards have no type or rules.
Known Information: Hand size (number of cards in hand) is common knowledge and each Devil must reveal it if asked. Number of Oaths is not. Size of decks or cards in the discard pile, apart from the top one, is kept hidden.
Alliances can be used with three or more players. With alliance rules, Devils can combine their forces and together win supremacies. The rules are simple and should be always used.
If alliance rules are used, each Devil gets its own alliance counter when the game starts. This counter can be traded in the trading phase, except that only the owner can trade it to other Devil than the owner; other Devils can only trade alliance counters back to owner. In addition, if personal decks are used, those include cards to move alliance counters. All alliance counters are always returned to original owners in the discard phase.
In phase 4, Determine Supremacy, Devils form alliances with those whose alliance counter they have. Thus, if Mammon has the alliance counter of Asmodeus, they form an alliance, regardless if Asmodeus has alliance counter of Mammon or not. Any chained alliances form one big alliance, but if all Devils are in the same alliance, it is broken and everyone fights alone.
If any alliance is formed, its leader is the Devil with most alliance counters. If this is tied, the tied one with highest Political value () in its home realm.
The leader of an alliance is the only Devil in that alliance who can swap its home realm if the alliance wins the Military () supremacy, but it cannot swap its home realm with anyone from the same alliance.
Power dots for each dominion in alliance are sum of final dots of each Devil, but deduct two (2) dots for each dominion for each Devil after the first.
Asmodeus has , , and . If he has alliance with Baalzebub with , , and , together they would have , , and . If Mammon with , , and would also be part of the alliance, the result would be , , and .
If alliance is tied with some other force, use the lowest realm value found from the alliance. If alliance wins any VP, everyone on it gains the full amount - VP is not divided between the alliance members.
Oaths are long time ago made promises of redistribution of power. These Oaths are reflected with special Oath cards and they add new power options and secret scoring to the game. Two-player game cannot use Oaths. Alliances should be used.
When the game starts, take 6 Oaths of each Devil partaking. Oaths of the non-partaking Devils are not used. Each Devil gets 4 of its own and 2 random Oaths.
All Oaths are kept face-down on the table or in players' hand. Oaths can be traded freely in the trading phase.
When the game ends, the new Overlord is declared as in the standard game. However, when determining the final score for each Devil, each Oath is worth as many VP as the corresponding Devil has VP - except for the own ones, which are worth half that amount.
Game ends with Asmodeus having 5 VP, Belial 7 VP and Lilith 4 VP. Belial becomes the new Overlord with 8 VP (+1 for becoming the Overlord). Now each Oath of Asmodeus is worth 5 VP (but only 2.5 for Asmodeus), each Oath of Belial is 8 VP (but only 4 for Belial) and each Oath of Lilith is 4 VP (but only 2 for Lilith).
The Devil with highest total (VP + score from Oaths) wins the game. If tied, use following tie-breakers:
If still tied, the Overlord wins, regardless of its VP!
Each Devil has its own special 9 card deck that represents the special powers and tactics of that Devil. These cards are like normal resource cards, they just come from a different deck, and thus can be traded etc. normally.
Following new rules apply for personal decks:
|Card||#||Card Flavor||Card Text|
|Asmodeus||60||Arch-Fiend of the Devilkin||You or your side wins any tied supremacy in , regardless of any home realms.|
|Mephistopheles||50||Lord of the Whispered Promises||You or your side wins any tied supremacy in , regardless of any home realms.|
|Baalzebub||40||Lord of Flies and Deception||At the start of the reinforcements phase, you can discard one of your tabled hordes.||(1)|
|Mammon||30||Lord of Greed and Vengeance||In the draw phase, you draw to minimum of 7 hand cards.||(2)|
|Belial||20||Lord of Pain and Suffering||You or your side wins any tied supremacy in , regardless of any home realms.|
|Lilith||10||Mother of Demons||In the discard phase, you can discard any number of non-ritual cards from your hand.||(3)|
Home Realms are used as the final tie-breaker in supremacy and determine the order of handling the events.
|High Palace of Hell||6||4||3|
|Seat of Judgement||4||6||1|
|Mountain of Ever-Rotting Corpses||3||1||6|
|Forest of Hanged Ones||2||5||2|
|Lake of Boiling Blood||1||3||4|
The main deck consist of 60 cards and is used by every Devil.
|Fallen Angels x8||94||horde support|
|Warriors of Darkness x8||98||horde support|
|Common Fiends x8||97||horde support|
|Tormented Ones x8||96||horde support||*||Your first tabled Tormented Ones has , while all your other tabled Tormented Ones have||(1)|
|Metal Beasts x4||95||horde support|
|Greater Fiends x4||99||horde support|
|Conjuration x4||90||ritual support|
|Sanctuary x2||93||ritual support||In the reinforcements phase, your tabled cards cannot be affected by ritual events, except for one Sanctuary.||(2)|
|Bury x3||91||ritual event||Each Devil not on your side discards a random tabled horde card. If that horde had , that Devil loses an extra random horde card if that extra horde has .||(3)|
|Vortex of Magic x2||92||ritual event||Each Devil not on your side discards a tabled Sanctuary, or if does not have, total of 2 random tabled artifacts and rituals.|
|Crystal Ball||3||artifact support||In the discard phase, you discard after everyone else, after they have shown their discard.||(4)|
|Soul Stones||2||artifact support||*||You have minimum of||(5)|
|Staff of Undead||5||artifact support||If any tabled horde is discarded in the reinforcements phase by a card effect, you can put it next to this card. In that case, if there is a card already, discard it.||(6)|
|Tome of Power||4||artifact support||You draw an extra card in the draw phase. In the reinforcements phase, you can table an extra ritual.||(7)|
|Wand of Might||1||artifact support||Your side has highest realm value for any ties. If you are part of an Alliance, you are its leader always.||8|
Each personal deck is 9 cards, including one Alliance card which is not used in two-player game.
Asmodeus, Arch-Fiend of the Devilkin is ancient and wise Devil who relies in straight approach of crushing his enemies.
|Leviathan||66||horde support||*||You have exactly , regardless of any other tabled cards. If you do not win VP from , discard all your tabled cards.||(1)|
|Soul Devourer||68||horde support|
|Dark Nether Fiends||61||horde support||*||Each tabled Nether Fiends has .||(2)|
|Night Nether Fiends||62||horde support||*||Each tabled Nether Fiends has .||(2)|
|Night Nether Fiends||63||horde support||*||Each tabled Nether Fiends has .||(2)|
|Dedication||64||support||If you win VP from any dominion, discard this immediately. In the discard phase, you keep this in addition to normal kept cards.||(3)|
|Martial Law||67||support||Each Devil adds its total to its total.|
|Ancient Allegiance||69||alliance event||Devil not on your side with its own alliance counter and highest value on its home realm gives its alliance counter to you.|
Mephistopheles, Lord of Whispered Promises, calls for Souls and hordes of other Devils. His speciality are hordes that can be discarded in the trading phase.
|Diabolic Advisor||56||horde support||In the trading phase, you can discard this card to combine the main deck to its discard pile. You then have 6 seconds to search it for single card. Put that card to your hand and shuffle the deck.||(1)|
|Diabolic Graverobber||57||horde support||In the trading phase, you can discard this card to search the discard pile of your personal deck for a single card, show it and put to your hand.||(1)|
|Herder Fiends||58||horde support|
|Furnace of Souls||55||ritual support||*||This card has for each you have. To determine supremacy, you have no .|
|Steal Power||52||ritual event||Get a random tabled support card with dots from a Devil with most . If tied, pick the Devil with highest value in home realm.||(2)|
|Faithful Followers||51||support||In the supremacy phase, if you do not win VP from , remove this card from the game. Otherwise shuffle it to your personal deck.|
|Primary Mission||54||support||Each Devil adds its total to its total.|
|Whispering Call||53||event||Find the Devil with most on tabled hordes. If tied, pick the Devil with lowest value in home realm. Gain a random tabled horde with from that Devil.||(2)|
|Loophole||59||alliance event||All alliance counters are returned to owners.|
Baalzebub, Lord of Flies and Deception, has a deck of confusion and stealing.
|Insect Fiends||41||horde support||At the start of the discard phase, choose and discard a hand card.|
|Realm of Flies||47||ritual support||In the discard phase, you can keep this to the next turn. If you do, any other cards you keep are kept face-down until other cards are revealed in the next reinforcements phase or until you trade them or lose this card.|
|Double Cross||44||support||In the reinforcements phase, all events are handled as done by you.||(1)|
|Misinformation||42||support||In the supremacy phase, supremacy is won by the side with least .||(2)|
|Recycle||43||support||At the start of the discard phase, put this aside. At the end of the discard phase, discard this and take to your hand any single card discarded by any Devil in this discard phase.|
|Cloud of Flies||48||event||Each Devil discards a random tabled horde. You then table a random one of the discarded hordes.|
|Inbalance||46||event||Each Devil simultaneously chooses and discards its hand and tabled horde cards to same number as you have.||(3)|
|Thief in the Night||45||event||Gain a random tabled artifact from the Devil with most . If tied, use lowest value in home realm.|
|Quarrel||49||alliance support||In every alliance, each Devil after the first one reduces power in each dominion by 4, not 2.|
Mammon, Lord of Greed, is the card master.
|Diabolic Smith||36||horde support||If any artifact is discarded from the table during the reinforcements phase, you can put it next to this card. If there is already a card next to this, discard it.||(1)|
|Looter Fiends||31||horde support||In the draw phase, draw an extra card.|
|Pit Fiends||32||horde support||At the end of the reinforcements phase, if you discarded any hand cards or tabled support cards during this reinforcements phase event handling, draw 2 cards.||(2)|
|Retribution||33||support||In the supremacy phase, any Devil not on your side must choose and discard 2 tabled horde support cards if able for each VP they gain.||(3)|
|Bribe Troops||37||event||Find a Devil not on your side with tabled Warriors of Darkness and with most . If tied, use lowest value in home realm. If you can, give that Devil 2 hand cards and move one Warriors of Darkness to your table. Repeat as long as able.||(4)|
|Drunken Agreement||35||event||Each Devil chooses one Oath, or if no Oaths used, 2 hand cards. You collect all, choose as many as you contributed, and shuffle and deal remaining back to other Devils.||(5)|
|Forced Agreement||38||event||Only has effect if you have at least 2 hand cards. Find the Devil with least hand cards, or if tied, with highest value in home realm. Give that Devil 2 hand cards and gain a random tabled horde or artifact from it.|
|Greed||34||event||Draw 6 cards.||(6)|
|Bought Alliance||39||alliance event||Devil with its own alliance counter and not on your side with fewest hand cards, or if tied, highest value in home realm gives its alliance counter to you. Give that Devil a hand card of your choice.|
Belial, Lord of Pain and Suffering, has a deck with cards to handle Tormented Ones and to torture other Devils.
|Tormentor Fiends||25||horde support||All your Tormented Ones count as you have two or more of them.||(1)|
|Torturer Fiends||22||horde support||All your Tormented Ones count as you have two or more of them.||(1)|
|Tortured Ones||24||horde support||*||Count as Tormented Ones. Your first tabled Tormented Ones has , while all your other tabled Tormented Ones have||(2)|
|Infernal Slaver||27||horde support||At the start of the reinforcements phase, you have 6 seconds to search the main deck and its discard pile for one Tormented Ones and table it. Shuffle the main deck afterwards.|
|Forge||26||ritual event||Each Devil with artifact cards in hand must show them and then either discard them or any 2 hand cards. Then find all artifacts in the main deck and its discard pile and table random one of them. Shuffle the remaining into main deck.||(3)|
|Ritual of Torment||23||ritual event||In the initiative order, each Devil not on your side puts top 3 cards of its personal deck into discard pile. That Devil can prevent that by discarding its entire hand. If any Tormented Ones are discarded, table one of them.|
|Silence||28||support||No communication or trading is allowed. In the discard phase, keep this card as an extra card to next turn. In the draw phase, any Devil can choose to discard one card less to discard this card.||(4)|
|Soul Torment||21||event||Each Devil discards all but one hand card of their choice, chosen simultaneously. If any Tormented Ones are discarded, table one of them.||(4)|
|Tortured Obedience||29||alliance event||Devil not on your side with its own alliance counter and lowest value in home realm must give its alliance counter to you and discard all but one hand card of its choice.|
Lilith, Sorceress of Hell and Mother of Demons, has a wide selection of powerful rituals and hordes supporting them. Her speciality are effects done at the start of the discard phase.
|Diabolic Fiends||17||horde support||When a tabled ritual is discarded in the reinforcements phase, you can put it under this card. If there is already a card, discard it. At the start of the discard phase, discard this card to take that card to your hand.||(1)(2)|
|Chanter Fiends||18||horde support||At the start of the discard phase, discard this card to take any one tabled ritual to your hand.||(2)|
|Ritual Advisor||13||horde support||At the start of the discard phase, draw 6 cards from the main deck. You can show and keep one drawn ritual but must discard all other drawn cards.||(3)|
|Succubi||14||horde support||At the start of the discard phase, take control of one tabled horde.||(2)|
|Beguile||11||ritual support||*||You have minimum of||(4)|
|Grand Illusion||12||ritual support||*||You have minimum of||(4)|
|Infernal Plague||15||ritual event||Each Devil discards one of each horde type they have more than one.||(5)|
|Warped Time||16||ritual event||Every Devil discards their entire hand and all tabled cards except 3 random support cards. Sanctuary does not help against this ritual. Shuffle all decks to their discard piles, except put this card to discard pile. Skip to next game turn.||(5)(6)|
|Diabolic Seduction||19||alliance event||Only has effect if you have your own alliance counter. Give it to Devil not on your side with alliance counters and lowest value in its home realm.|