The game is played on a fifteen-by-fifteen square grid, on which the central nine-by-nine square is marked. This central region is called the 'Court'; the outer three-wide strip is called the 'Course'. The centre square is not used in the game.
Queens' Courtiers is for two players, each of whom has one King, one Queen, and six Courtiers, the two teams each being different colours.
The object of the game is to bring one's own King and Queen together: to move one's King onto the same square as one's Queen, or vice versa. This is the only time that two pieces are permitted on the same square.