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I was playing a round of Love Letter with my friends. When it came to my turn I had a Princess and King. I was forced to play the King and trade the Princess with another player.

My question is, is it legal to then announce to the other players that I had the princess, so it is known that my opponent now has that card? The announcement allows other players to potentially take advantage of this information, saving me from being a target in the next round.

Some of my friends think this violates the spirit of the game, but we couldn't find any rules one way or another. What do you guys think?

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  • One thing to remember is the point of the game is to figure out what card your opponent has and how to eliminate them or get a higher value card based on the cards you have and the cards that have already been played. Being able to declare what card your opponent has goes against that. It should also be remembered that when trading a card with the king there are very few viable options so it is most likely that you can quickly narrow the card down. Really only 7 viable cards for a trade priest, barron, prince and princess. The others you can't trade or would be much better playing.
    – Joe W
    May 4 '15 at 23:31
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Because it is not explicitly mentioned in the rules what you can or cannot talk about, there are two interpretations for this. I suggest that you agree with each other which interpretation you will follow before starting the game. (as this really can divide people's opinions)

Option 1: Do not reveal a card = do not even talk about the card

Interpret the verb "reveal" as "to make something known". Keep the hidden information hidden, and do not even talk about it. This is pretty simple rule, and it is the way-to-go, if any player disagrees with the other option.

However, it also might be hard to define that how much information someone may give on someone elses (or his own) card: Is a surprised face too much? How about saying "Whoaa!"? What about "Whoaa! I should bow to You"? Or "I should bow to You, Sir/Miss"?

Option 2: Do not reveal a card = do not show a card

Interpret the verb "reveal" as "to show". Now you can say anything about anyone's cards, but it is on the other player's decision that will they believe you or not. This gives people the opinion to bluff and make tactical moves e.g. when playing the Priest or the King.

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    Some discussion about this in reddit: reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/2vjztw/… and BGG :boardgamegeek.com/thread/1079839/…
    – np8
    May 4 '15 at 7:35
  • Reveal includes talking about a card in addition to showing it as it is intended to prevent one player from revealing the information and another player from using it to eliminate the player.
    – Joe W
    May 4 '15 at 12:17
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    @JoeW in most Games there is a strict difference between show and tell. In many games I can talk about anything I want "attack him, he has a good card an will win" - and I can also lie about my own cards... It should be agreed on beforehand.
    – Falco
    May 4 '15 at 13:07
  • @Falco look at the comments in my answer where I provide the definition of the word reveal and how it clearly includes talking about the information.
    – Joe W
    May 4 '15 at 13:10
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    So personally, I do think that "reveal the card" means revealing the physical card, and the reason for the rule is that doing so would prove any claim you wish to make about the card. Revealing which card it is, or for that matter lying about which card it is, IMO are separate things. Since the other players haven't seen the proof they of course know you can lie as easily as tell the truth, and will mostly ignore your claims. But of course any group is free to make what interpretation they like, and go as far as they like in trying to prevent accidental or deliberate information leaks. May 4 '15 at 16:51
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No it is not legal to announce what you you had to the rest of the group after you are forced into a trade with the king. If you look at the rules for the priest which lets you look at another players card it says in there that you are not allowed to show others what the card is.

When you discard the Priest, you can look at one other player’s hand. Do not reveal the hand to all players

This is a rule that applies as a whole to the game where you can't reveal information about your hand or what is in other players hands as that gives players an unfair advantage if they know information that they should not have.

Note: Revealing the hand does not just mean showing the card but also discussing it as well. It is a reminder that all information in the game is supposed to be secret since there are only a total of 16 cards and 8 different cards having knowledge of one card when you should not can easily change the outcome of the game. It should be remembered that a primary part of all hidden role games is the fact that all role knowledge is hidden and not to be revealed

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  • I had to reread this answer 3 times before I finally got the meaning. Maybe drop the first 'No'. 'It is not legal to announce...' should be sufficient. May 4 '15 at 6:28
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    -1 Have to side squarely with np8 here. To me that line seems to suggest you should not show the hand to other players, what you say or do not say is still up to you. Without making honest or dishonest claims about cards you have seen the entire game just becomes a simple game of statistics. May 4 '15 at 10:53
  • @DavidMulder I edited my answer to expand on what reveal means.
    – Joe W
    May 4 '15 at 12:15
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    @JoeW in most other hidden-information games I know, there is a clear distinction and the rules explicitly specify "Not Reveal the card or any information about the card" to include any talk about it... While "Not Reveal the Card" usually allows me to say things like "Wow - I just got a pretty devastating card from him"
    – Falco
    May 4 '15 at 13:33
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    @JoeW I wanted to show that the rule is ambigous. How much am I allowed to say about my card? Can I say it is a royal card? Can I say it is a royal male? How much information is kosher and when does it become "Revealing the Card" - It is hard to put a line on this - so most of the time the descision is between no-talk-at-all or you can tell whatever you want, just not show the card.
    – Falco
    May 4 '15 at 13:50

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