Transform monotone music theory lessons into dynamic educational experiences accented with major laughs, minor learning and an augmented love for music theory!
Major geeky fun with friends - For 2-4 players; Ages 10+; 30-60 minute playing time; 433+ hours of replayability
Get started with no treble at all - Easy to learn rulebook with instructive diagrams, including rules for easier game variants so beginners don't have to fret!
Trusted by musicians and board gamers - Struck a major chord at USD$ 232,323 raised on Kickstarter with over 4000 customers worldwide.
What You Get:
Lord of the Chords Base Game, containing:
60 Note Cards and 44 Action Cards (310gsm black core stock with linen finish), 20 Accidental Tokens (sharp on one side, flat on the other),12 Key Signature Tiles (major key on one side, relative minor on the other),16 Tonality Indicator Guitar Picks, 13 Instrument Tiles, 1 Cloth Bag, 52-Page Full-Colour Rulebook
"Who Let the Chords Out" Expansion containing:
"What chord is that?" Advanced Chords Extension Pack
"Satie-sfaction guaranteed" Extra Composer Puns Extension Pack
"I'm not off-Key, I modulated" Modulation Extension Pack
"Yes, I really need another guitar" Instrument Essentials Extension Pack
"You just can't escape them" Conductor Cards Extension Pack
For a total of 52 cards that add 9 symphonies worth of extra gameplay
Beautiful Piano Box travel case that fits the whole game - brighten up your music studio!
Don't take our word for it, hear from our customers! Here's music teacher and experimental composer, Jason Hodge! (More reviews below the FAQ section)
Learn hours of music theory in minuets - with puns and lots of fun!
He'll explain the game to you, answer any of your questions, and you can even play a full game together!
What about COVID-19?
Please stay at home and practice your instrument! In order to encourage you staying at home, we're offering 15% OFF with promo code STAYHOME.
Please note that shipping fees are slightly higher than usual and there might be delays due to global shipping operations being slower. The real shipping rates are actually higher than the ones listed by us. We've tried our best to subsidize some of the shipping costs increase because we know the joys of having a game at home in these times :)
Do you have a music teacher's discount?
As a matter of fact, we do! Please email us at email@example.com with any documentation to prove it and we'll send you a massive 20% off discount code.
Without the good work that you do, we would never have created this game, nor would we have all this amazing music to listen to! Thank you for being a music teacher (:
Do you have to know music to play this game?
No. Beethoven was a deaf musician, you can Handel it!
(As seen on Facebook!)
Can kids play this game?
To fully enjoy this game, we recommend it for kids aged 9 and above, because kids aged 8 and below tend to have a hard time waiting to take turns.
However, in the rulebook, there are instructions for a game mode called "Allegro Mode" that doesn't require any turn taking. Kids aged 7+ can enjoy this fast-paced game mode!
Does the piano box make music?
No. It is a Beethoven Simulator.
What are the 4 H cards and 4 A#/B cards? Are they typos?
No. They are for German players. Please remove them from the game before you start. Germans refer to B as H, and Bb as B. It's B-zarre! Rumour has it that Bach would write his name as notes in some of his compositions - A# A C B (which spells B A C H in German notation)
Who was the coolest musiccelebritywe've met because of this game?
MeetingIgudesman and Joo,Jordan Rudess,Jacob CollierandRay Chenwas amazing, but the coolest of all had to be MarketaDvorak. Yes, you heard me right! Dvorak, as in, Antonin Dvorak's great-great-granddaughter, Marketa Dvorak! She doesn't actually play music herself, but she told us stories of how Antonin would wake up at 3am every morning, write music at his desk (with no piano!) until his family woke up at 7am, then just enjoy the the rest of the day in nature of with family! Isn't that lovely?
Watch The Cardboard Kid give an explanation and review!
Watch 2 Music Teachers try LOTC at the Texas Music Educator's Association's annual convention!
Watch one of our customers (Knut) play LOTC with his friends over wine and pizza!
It’s a really well thought through game, good gameplay, beautifully presented with a lot of humour too. Too good to feel like it's “educational” (but it is)!
Well worth it
I’m an adult music learner and have been trying to learn music theory for some time. This definitely makes that study a lot more fun.
Not for all musicians, not really for learning
Great idea, and if you are pretty advanced in your theory, you will love this... but if you are still really learning, I think it’s a bit frustrating.
Hi, do you have a video to show how to play the game? Thanks
Keeps you coming Bach for more!
Loved the Kickstarter so much that I bought LOTC for my friends! Pun-i-licious entertainment for music lovers. Well played, game creators, well played.
Unfortunate circumstances, but I'll still try jotting a review.
I received the game right at the beginning of the COVID-19-related lockdown, and as such I have hitherto had no occasion to try the game with other people. I have red the instruction's handbook anyway, and it seems to be a thoroughly-well thought game, also an interesting way to introduce those having no musical knowledges to this world. I cannot unfortunately give the full five stars because I haven't truly played it yet, but I'll give you four on trust, hoping it'll be possible to later update and raise the rating. Grieg-tings from Italy!
A great educational game indeed!
Playing a game means to want some fun! What if you can also learn from the game?! It would be a value-added thing. One of the advantages of this game is the design of creating music chords which allows players to understand and remember how to build a proper chord. Build three chords and you will be the lord of the chords! It is not only a board game for fun but a board game serving educational purpose :) I believe music lovers would connect with it and music teachers would love to use it to teach their students chords! Thanks~
Brilliant game for musical theory nerds
I certainly love to geek out in musical theory and the gameplay in Lord of the Chords definitely favours opportunity to do this in advanced ways. But people can play the game in both simple and advanced forms, so it is versatile and great all round with a lot of fun... And puns!
Love this game
Sideways liked music, but was weak on theory. Having so much fun with this. My wife is too, and the theory world is all new to her. Thanks!
Played this game with our High School band director, he loved it
We had a horrible experience learning music theory when we were younger. We created this game because we want to transform that terrible experience into a terrific experience, and we believe we can - with your help!
If you’re into geeky Musical references and epic Composer puns, Pliszt gift yourself this Gustav! You'll never see music theory in the same tone ever again! We're Schubert that.