MONARCH is a strategy game for 2 to 4 players, set in the mythical lands of Minervia. Players compete as sisters who must strategically assemble an impressive court and prove themselves ready to become the next Monarch.
Decide when to tax or harvest the fertile lands. Attract wise advisors, magnificent beasts, and majestic regalia to glorify your court. Sabotage your sisters’ efforts by sending ‘Unwanted Guests’ to unsettle their courts.
In the world of MONARCH, strategy and surprise await players at every turn. Players must use inventive planning and keen judgment to navigate a world of beauty and mystery, and to discover their destinies … who will reign?
Monarch on BoardGameGeek (Gen Con 2015), where it got #2 on the GenCon GeekBuzz
Provine, Jeff. Board Game Review: ‘Monarch’ from Resonym. Blogcritics. 22 January 2019.
Leeman, Nicolas. Quick Look: Monarch. Everything Board Games. 28 November 2018.
Hoffman, Mackenzie. Review of Monarch. The Meeple Street. 11 September 2018.
Blue Peg, Pink Peg podcast (at 1:08:55). 09 July 2018.
Quick Cardboard Review have an excellent quickstart guide for playing MONARCH. 27 November 2017.
Fisher, Andrew. Monarch Review – May The Best Queen Win. Gameosity. 6 August 2016.
Famularo, Jessica. MONARCH IS A TABLETOP GAME ABOUT MATRIARCHAL AUTHORITY AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL. Geek and Sundry, April 5, 2016
Dell’Antonia, KJ. 8 Gifts for Family Game Night. The New York Times. 21 December 2015.
Vox Republica 098: BFIG, The Big Friendly Indie Giant (starts at 14:10). The Cardboard Republic. 17 September 2015.
We make exceptional games that players love.
Resonym is a playful woman-led media company in New Hampshire bringing new voices to tabletop gaming and beyond. Our games are a gateway to nifty new types of play. From award-winning party games like Buffalo: The Name Dropping Game and Awkward Moment, to our strategy games Monarch and VISITOR in Blackwood Grove, we make family friendly fun games that inspire the imagination.
OUR GAMES RESONATE
Resonym develops board games, card games, sports, urban games, and digital games, plus printed matter and ephemera. Many of the games we publish have been researched at Tiltfactor, the interdisciplinary innovation studio dedicated to designing & studying games that help us learn, founded by prolific game designer Dr. Mary Flanagan.
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A Game by Mary Flanagan
Art by Kate Adams
Game Design: Mary Flanagan, Max Seidman, Zara Downs
Art Direction: Sarah Ettinger, Zara Downs
Illustration: Kate Adams
Executive Producer: Mary Flanagan
Research: Geoff Kaufman, Mary Flanagan, Max Seidman
Art: Kate Adams, Ed Flanagan, Sarah Ettinger, Zara Downs
Art Direction: Mary Flanagan, Sarah Ettinger
Playtesting: Thanks to myriad friends, relatives, and strangers, NYC-Playtest group, Boston Festival of Independent Games attendees, Meaningful Play, IndieCade, and Gen Con attendees
Special Thanks To: Naomi Clark, Angela Zhang, Farooq Ahmed, The Brown Foundation and Dora Maar House, Richard Garriott and Starr Long, Ryan LaFlamme, The Cardboard Republic, Cyrus Kirby, Fathergeek, Vincent Paone, Dad’s Gaming Addiction, Robert Kalajian Jr., Purple Pawn, Richard Garriott de Cayeux as the Useless Emissary, Christopher Egert as the Boorish Uncle, David McDonald as the Drunk Juggler, Jonathan Skinner as the Insistent Peddler
Game Production Team: Sukie Punjasthitkul, Danielle Taylor, Jenny Yeoh-Wang, Lucas Sanford-Long, Jinny Seo, Savannah Liu, Alannah Linkhorn, Emma Marsano
Acknowledgments: Many thanks to Jenny Yeoh-Wang for her efforts during our Kickstarter campaign, to Jinny Seo for her work on the instructions, and to our many local playtesters!