Role Back

There are four main roles in the game of Sanguosha.  Each role has it's own objective that competes with the other roles.  At the beginning of the game, you will randomly get a role card before anything else.  This is done by placing all the role cards for all players face-down and then each person picks one of them.  When you take one, be sure to not allow any other players to see your identity.  Depending on what you draw, here is you objective in brief.  Click on each picture for a more detailed description.  

King 主公
There is a king in each and every game.  When the king dies the game ends.  The king must stay alive and kill all other players that are not loyalists to win.  
Spy 内奸
The spy is all on his own.  The spy wants to kill all other players, and then kill the king.  It must be brought down to the two of them for the spy to win.  Players do not gain anything for killing the spy.
Rebel 反贼
There are usually more rebels than any other type of role.  Rebels must kill the king to win.  When a rebel dies, the person that killed them draws three cards.
Overlord 霸王
The overlord is an unofficial addition to the set.  To win, the overlord must kill all other players.  This can be done in any order, but if he kills the king, all remaining players become a rebel and he becomes king.  
Loyalist 忠臣
The loyalist is on the same team as the king.  To win, they must kill all players that are not a loyalist.  A player gains nothing for killing a loyalist, but if the king kills a loyalist, the king loses all his cards.  
Reckless Hero
Reckless Hero 草莽
The reckless hero is an unofficial addition and cannot win as he is now.  The reckless hero must kill someone and then becomes a different role.  Then by following that requirements of that role, the reckless hero can win.  
The number of each role card to mix in this manner depends on how many people are playing a particular game. Although you can use any combination you want, the makers of Sanguosha recommend using a particular set for each respective number of players.  Use the table below for how many cards for each role should be placed face down for this part of the setup.  Some numbers of players have two different options that can be used.  

Players King Rebels Loyalists Spies
2 1 1 0 0
3 1 1 0 1
4 1 2 0 1

1 1 1 1
5 1 2 1 1
6 1 3 1 1
7 1 3 2 1
8 1 4 2 1

1 3 2 2
9 1 4 3 1
10 1 5 3 1

1 4 3 2