Despite what you might be hoping, Avignon: A Clash of Popes does not feature Stephen IV and St. Peter performing the fish slapping dance. Nor does it feature Boniface VI riding a pegasus while holding the severed head of Sixtus II. Despite that, it sounds like a pretty great game.
Avignon: A Clash of Popes is what us insiders call a “micro-game”. That means it has very few components, few rules, and can be played in minutes instead of hours. Some popular micro-games out there are Love Letter and Coup. Avignon is playable in 10-20 minutes and pits two players against each other trying to lure each other’s cards to their side of the table. To do so, you’ll need to influence and petition the leaders of the medieval church such as cardinals, bishops, and knights.
The app is for iOS Universal and Android and only costs $1. The game has AI for solo play and also pass-and-play multiplayer. There’s also a three-card expansion available via a $1 IAP.
The app was released to coincide with the launch of a Kickstarter to bring Avignon’s expansion to life. If you enjoy the digital version of the base game, consider checking out the Kickstarter as well. After the links, check out the designer teaching us how to play Avignon: A Clash of Popes.