Our preview post below was published on June 3.
Margot: La Fée is a push-your-luck card game for 1 to 4 players. In this game (released in Japan in 2019 by Domina Games), you must rescue fairies from two castles, that of an evil Witch and that of a Human King that has fallen for her lies, in order to prevent them from fading out from the world. It will launch on Kickstarter on June 8.
You start with a Fairy that you pick from two randomly drawn Fairy cards, and place down three more Fairies that are the current “captive” Fairies you will attempt to rescue. Fairy cards grant you specific abilities that you can use throughout the game, and they come with a “Story requirement” in the form of colored orbs. All Fairies also have a Victory Point value.
On your turn, you will explore the two different castles. Each castle is made of a deck that contains two types of cards: Story cards, which can be used to fulfill the requirement of the Fairies, and Enemies, which come with a “Scratch” value, from 1 to 3. You reveal cards from any castle you choose and put them in the corresponding “village” area. Whenever the Scratch value from both villages exceeds 5, you end your turn (but can still attempt to rescue a Fairy) and discard one Story card from the last village you explored. However, once per turn, you can rely on your Magic to disable all enemy cards from a village before the Scratch value becomes too high.
When you decide to stop exploring or are forced to do so, you can attempt to rescue one Fairy. To rescue them, you simply spend story cards from either village to match its cost. The Fairy becomes then available in your player area for her ability and brings you her amount of Victory Points. All village cards are then re-shuffled into their corresponding decks.
The game ends when you have rescued 5 Fairies. You win if you have at least 14 Victory Points, but you may want to try to achieve a better rank by scoring even more points.