You’re looking for a fun and unusual game oracle game that is guaranteed to create a great atmosphere? In Versailles, go on a journey back in time and into the future with your friends and travel to the court of Versailles! Because magical oracles, a fortune teller and a crazy card game await you there… Take a look into your future!
Versailles can be played from 3 people and it is suitable for small groups, families or large parties with many guests.
Versailles is a party game with cards and actions. For certain cards, all players must perform set actions.
As a real New Year’s Eve game, it integrates typical New Year’s Eve traditions such as lead pouring and good intentions. Therefore, you need some materials to play: everything you need can be found on the detailed materials list below!
For large New Year’s Eve parties with lots of friends, we recommend asking each guest to bring 10 poppers each. Preferably homemade, of course! It’s easy and quick, but saves the host work and makes for even more fun – because everyone can contribute their funny ideas! Inside each crack candy there should be 1 oracle saying or 1 prophecy for the future and sweets hidden away.
Abenteuer Freundschaft was inspired for this special New Year’s Eve game by Hajo Bücken’s game ”Concerto Grosso”.*
France, Anno 1668. On the evening of 31 December, Louis XIV has planned a special amusement for his guests. On this memorable day, the monarch invites select guests to the sumptuous court of Versailles.
The host, King Louis XIV, enters the room and collects all the guest gifts – the poppers. They go into an opaque royal sack. Now he gathers all the guests around a table and asks his oldest friend to shuffle the cards well. This friend distributes the cards evenly face down to the players and puts aside the cards that remain. All players stack their cards and place them in front of them as a face-down deck.
In Versailles, of course, the king always starts the game. Now the game is played clockwise according to court etiquette and 1 card is quickly turned face up and thrown into the centre of the table.
Each time one of the following cards is turned face up, players must perform actions as quickly as they can (see below). On King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9 and 6, all players must make a move. If a player makes no move, the wrong move or is last, he must take all the cards that are in the middle and stack them shuffled under his cards.
The first player to get rid of all his cards has won and is now the troublemaker. His new task is to upset the other players and, for example, make wrong moves.
If he shouts “Scallywag!” when a jack is played, all the players have to take off their hats with their right hand instead of their left.
If he shouts “Magic!” on a 9 or a 6, all players must perform the corresponding action on the number 9 when a 6 is played, and then turn around.
The game is over when 2 players have no more cards. Now all players sort their jelly bears by colour and together they guess what the future will bring.
There is a super detailed interpretation of the gummy bear combinations of each throw in the gummy bear oracle book by D. Bittrich.
There are 126 colour combinations in total – because it’s the colours that matter in the gummy bear oracle.
Those who want to interpret the oracle themselves can use the following list as a guide for each litter of 5. The numbers stand for the number of gummy bears of the same colour in a litter of 5.
Abenteuer Freundschaft wishes you a Happy New Year!
The Oracle game Versailles is by no means our only party game! Just browse through our party ideas and game tips. On top of that, you’ll find plenty of ideas for activities with friends, as a couple or with the family on our website.
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