Disney Villainous is a strategical family card/board game developed by Prospero Hall and published by Wonder Forge. In this game, 2 to 6 players take on the roles of Disney Villains, each having their own unique special abilities and challenges that they have to overcome in order to complete their own objective. Once a villain’s objective is fulfilled, that player is the winner.
To set up, each player should choose one of the villains included in the game. Then, they should collect their unique Villain Deck (which specifically have 30 cards, card backs matching the color of their board, and a villain’s name). It should then be shuffled and placed to the left of the villain board. There’s also a Fate Deck (which specifically have 15 cards, card backs having a white background, and a villain’s name). It should be shuffled and placed to the right of the board. Each card has a type which is indicated at the bottom. The most common card types are Allies, Conditions, Effects, Heroes, and Items. Some villains like the Evil Queen, Maleficent, and Hades have special card types respectively including Ingredients, Curses, and Titans.
Each board has 4 pictured locations that represent the ones in which each villain’s movie came from. Each player should take their Villain Mover that represents a villain and place it onto the leftmost location. If the rightmost location has a lock symbol, a lock token should be placed there until a specific card is played in order to unlock it. Then they should collect their villain guide and a general reference sheet. In the center of the play area, the Cauldron should be filled with Power Tokens. A player who goes first will receive no tokens, but the next player in clockwise order will take one. A third or fourth player will take 2 Power each, and a fifth or sixth player will take 3 each. Finally, each player should draw a starting hand of 4 cards from their Villain Deck which they can look at, but keep secret from the other players.