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Miniature Painter
Expert Advisor
Inventor
Advanced Reviewer
34 of 34 gamers found this helpful
“Ambassador: More Effective Than He Looks”

Of all the actions you can take, swapping cards with the Ambassador appears weak. Almost every action, advances you forward in some way, or directly attacks another player. Swapping a card seems to be a safety net for bad draws, one that ultimately keeps you in the same relative position.

The Ambassador does have another overlooked benefit. While he may not net you any credits, he does give you information. After you switch cards, you now know more about what cards you opponents don’t have. This can help you make critical challenges later in the game. Since the Ambassador is underrated, you will rarely be challenged when you claim him also. His work is much more subtle and not perceived as a direct threat to anyone.

The Ambassador would probably be a more desirable role if he was (more accurately) named the Spy, as this archetype has been romanticized much more. But the true beauty of his current title, is that he is overlooked for this exact reason, and that is what makes him dangerous.

“Thus, what enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is FOREKNOWLEDGE.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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I play blue
Cooperative Game Explorer
30 of 31 gamers found this helpful
“Money, my boy!”

As enticing as it may be to keep recycling an Ambassador action in the hopes of tripping up another player, it does not actively help you. In order to win at Coup, a player should be working towards gaining Coins for Assassin and Coup actions whenever possible. Every turn spent switching out cards is another chance for your opponents to prepare a killing blow.

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Smash Up: Zombie Faction Fan
Miniature Painter
Plaid Hat Games fan
30 of 31 gamers found this helpful
“Assassin Bluffs”

People rarely call a bluff on assassins – particularly if you’re using that role to pick off their first influence – it’s just too risky (since being wrong would knock them right out of the game). If you haven’t called two other roles yet – use that to your advantage early game.

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Norway
Novice Reviewer
I play red
30 of 31 gamers found this helpful
“Don't bluff all the time”

So Coup is basically about bluffing so this sounds stupid right? Well only if you never bluff. If you switch it up and sometimes bluff and sometimes stick to the truth you will confuse your opponents (at least your regular opponents) making it more and more difficult to tell what mode of play you are currently using at any given round of Coup.

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Canada
I play yellow
Stone of the Sun
30 of 32 gamers found this helpful
“The sneaky Countessa...”

Picture this: Someone is attempting to Assassinate you. They have already lost an influence and you have already lost an influence. Even if you don’t have her, go with the Countessa. If they challenge you and you ~do have her, they’re dead, so they may think twice about the challenge anywyay. If they challenge you and you don’t, well, you were going to die anyway.

Seems like a pretty obvious strategy but you’d be surprised how many miss out on the opportunity.

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Canada
Z-Man Games fan
I play red
Indie Board & Cards fan
30 of 32 gamers found this helpful
“Thieving ain't easy.”

When playing Coup it is important to remember that there are 6 character cards that can block Stealing. This can make taking coins away from another player difficult.

That being said, if you can determine that another player ISN’T the Ambassador or Captain, this is a great action to control other players.

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I play red
30 of 33 gamers found this helpful
“TAX!”

The group I’ve been playing with seems to think that the Duke and his ability to rake in 3 coins is the best card.

If you’re the first player, or one of the first, try and get away with taxing.

The other players at this point won’t have an idea of who else might be using a Duke and probably won’t challenge you.

Then later you can start using actions from the cards you have and then they might actually challenge you for that since you’re not being a “duke” anymore.

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Canada
I play red
29 of 33 gamers found this helpful
“No jerk couping!”

We have a rule where you can only coup someone with two influences until everyone has lost an influence. This stops the early elimination of players and lets everyone stay in the fun longer.

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Draco Magi fan
30 of 35 gamers found this helpful
“Set a multiple game win condition”

Coup is a blast to play, but you can also be out of the game in the blink of an eye making many games not very fulfilling. Fortunately it’s a quick game so you just play again. But if you start playing with the attitude that every game is meaningless, it takes away from the feeling of winning.

To offset this, in my groups we often set a multi-game win condition. Usually this is the first person to win 2 or 3 games (depending on player count). This had some unexpected but welcome effects on the game. How you played the game is altered depending on how many wins you might have or your opponent might have. It takes a great game and adds more meat to it. I highly recommend you try this way the next time you play. Just don’t set the victory condition above 3 the first time as it could cause the game to drag out, and the beauty of Coup is that it’s quick.

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Video Game Fan
Explorer - Level 3
Book Lover
29 of 34 gamers found this helpful
“More is better... unless its too much”

I personally really enjoy this game with 4 or 5 players. You can play with 6 (and I have a number of times) but it becomes less about bluffing and more about straight strategy since its a lot easier to keep track of who has what cards. If you enjoy the bluffing aspect the most then stick to 5 as your max.

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Grand Master Grader
Knight-errant
The Gold Heart
“Memorize the cards and what they do”

If you’re going to bluff, you’re obviously not going to have the cards you’re claiming to have in front of you. So to be able to successfully bluff, you’ll need to remember which cards counteract the others. Familiarize yourself with all the character cards and what they do, so you’re not left saying “Well, I have the… uh… card that… doesn’t let you do that to me. The… red one?”

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Grand Master Grader
Knight-errant
The Gold Heart
“People assume that other players play the same way they do”

In my experience, if someone is continually trying to call out others for bluffing they’re more likely to bluff themselves, while if someone rarely calls out others they’re less likely to try to bluff themselves. One player’s view of the others betrays their own play style, and this can be used to your advantage if you pay attention.

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29 of 35 gamers found this helpful
“general tips”

1. u start as a duke at first. always. u then switch to being an ambassador to gain some info. if someone steals from another player – u still from them too.
2. always eliminate the ones with more cards than the ones with more money first.
3. i found that calling two rols which u dont have, and then calling a third role which u do, will 9 times out of ten make someone challange you – and lose.
4. at the last rounds fake an ambassador and find a contesa. always finish the game with a contesa.

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Cooperative Game Explorer
Novice Grader
Knight-errant
30 of 37 gamers found this helpful
“Better with More”

I’ve played this game with 2 people and it was okay. I get the feeling it plays much better with 3 or 4.

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Grand Master Grader
Movie Lover
Book Lover
I play blue
31 of 39 gamers found this helpful
“Go with Three or More Players...”

Coup relies on bluffing, and that mechanic really shines with three or more players. Coup can be played with two, but it is not particularly enjoyable with fewer than three.

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I Am What I Am
Comic Book Fan
Basketball Fan
Pet Lover
5 of 6 gamers found this helpful
“Be 100% honest!”

Perhaps this isn’t a great strategy to ALWAYS use, but try it out!

I have seen ppl destroy groups of 4 or 5 by being 100% honest. Conversely, those same players were also defeated rather quickly in other games.

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