The Deck

There are a total of 13 characters.

The Alchemist
The Bard
The Blacksmith
The Butler
The Chaplain
The Cook
The Guard
The Knight
The Messenger
The Noble Lady
The Spinster
The Squire
And of course the Mad King

Each character has 4 cards except the Mad King there is only 1 Mad King Card.

Object of the Game

The goal is to form and discard pairs of cards, and not be left with the Mad King at the end.

The Shuffle

Any player can shuffle the deck and deal the cards around, one at a time to each player until all the cards have been handed out. Players do not need to have an equal number of cards.

The Play

Each player removes all pairs from his hand face down. If a player has three of a kind, he removes only two of those three cards. The dealer then offers his hand, spread out face down to the player on his left, who draws one card from it. This player discards any pair that may have been formed by the drawn card. He then offers his own hand to the player on his left. Play proceeds in this way until all cards have been paired except one – the Mad King. Which cannot be paired and the player who has that card is the loser.


Make the game more exciting by adding challenges for the loser of the game.

A few examples:

• The loser has to eat a hot pepper
• The loser has to do a crazy embarrassing dance

Suggest us your own challenges tag us and use the #madkingcards

• The winner gets there challenge printed on the rule card
• Get your name immortalized in a special deck
• Get your own character illustrated to look like you