The Sword and the Loves is a story game for 3-5 players to tell stories inspired by Arthurian legends.
Each player controls a major character in a storyline filled with virtues, beliefs, love, and desire. Players take turns driving a part of their character’s story towards a point of destiny, while other players interact with and influence that story.
The Sword and the Loves has two famous parents: the chivalric romances written by Chrétien de Troyes and Archipelago III by Matthijs Holter.
The general mood owes much to the works of the French poet, while the rules belong to Matthijs’ game, though there are with some changes to make the game closer to the characteristics of chivalric literature. Furthermore, some rules would not have existed without Love in the Time of Seið by Matthijs Holter and Jason Morningstar.