Monday, February 27, 2017
Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im Card Game by Cryptozoic
“It was really the episode ‘Almost Got ’Im’ that inspired us,” said Matt Hyra, Lead Board Game Designer at Cryptozoic Entertainment. “That particular Batman: The Animated Series episode plays out like a session from a social deduction game, so it seemed like a perfect fit. It doesn’t hurt that the episode is widely considered one of the best in the series.”
In this Mafia-style social deduction game, one person takes on the role of the Dealer, who moderates the proceedings. Players start by choosing oversized Character Cards, which assign them their DC Super-Villain roles, such as The Joker, Harley Quinn, and The Penguin. These are seen by all players, allowing them to be called by their characters’ names. Then, the Dealer doles out Secret Role Cards, listing each player’s Secret Role (not to be shown to other players), the poker hand needed to activate his or her secret ability, and what the secret ability does. One player will receive the “Batman in Disguise” Secret Role Card, meaning his or her Super-Villain is actually Batman in disguise as that Super-Villain.
After the Voting phase, there is a Blackout, in which all players close their eyes. The Dealer goes to each player, calling the player by his or her DC Super-Villain name. If the player has the required cards to make his or her designated poker hand, the player may hand them over to the Dealer, who activates the player’s special ability and gives him or her five new cards. After this sequence, they open their eyes. The Dealer announces if anyone was Subdued during the Blackout and, unless Batman or the Super-Villains have won, play proceeds to the next round.
Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im Card Game is available at retailers nationwide now for a suggested retail price of $19.99.