Horsemen of the Apocalypse
EVERYONE WHO PLAYS HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE DIES.
The object is pretty straightforward. Be the last survivor...and ensure your (so-called) 'friends' are ridden down first. How? You do this by throwing innocents under the hooves of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in order to slow them down.
Decks of cards contain the Horsemen: Death, Famine, War and Pestilence, and their Horses. They have arrived on Earth at the End of Days hell-bent on bringing doom and gloom to the world. Everything else in the game is designed to help you survive. For a time, at least.
Horsemen of the Apocalypse (also called HOTA) is the brainchild of best-selling fantasy author MARK LAWRENCE. He is the author of The Broken Empire trilogy and The Red Queen's War trilogy. He is the winner of the 2014 David Gemmell Legend Awards for "Best Novel" for Emperor of Thorns. Mark is also a research scientist in the field of Artificial Intelligence, so making a card game is something he totally does in his sleep.
From Mark: "The game is all about recklessly laying down innocent lives to eke out your own miserable survival, but to win you have to do it effectively. Each Horseman of the Apocalypse is unique. It’s going to take something very different to slow down Pestilence than to slow down Famine. If Death and War are both riding your way, throw the Diplomat under War’s hooves and the Doctor under Death’s, not the other way around."
The Not Safe For Work edition of HOTA is now out of print.