In AD 962 Otto the Great becomes Holy Roman Emperor. In this age of the 'itinerant kingship,' the king did not rule from a capital but travelled from palace to palace. In The King's will, the players assume the role of the dukes whose palaces the King is visiting. They try to find out what the King's current will is and climb in his favour while they steadily enlarge their duchies. After four rounds, the duke (player) who proved himself to be the best in meeting the wishes of the King will win the game.
The victory conditions in this game are set up completely different every game and need to be discovered by the players throughout the game.