If You Like: Lying to your friends and secretly all ganging up on one chump without them knowing
Player Count: Competitive for 2-6 Players
Complexity Rating: 1 - Light
Average Playtime: 20 Minutes
Cockroach Poker is a reverse set collection game that has nothing to do with poker – except that the game is all about bluffing, but with cards that show cockroaches, rats and stink bugs instead of queens, 10s and aces.
The goal of the game is to force another player to collect 4 of any one type of critter, who then instantly loses whilst everyone else are winners. On a turn, a player takes one card from his hand, lays it face down on the table, slides it to a player of his choice, and declares a type of critter, e.g., "Stink bug". The player receiving the card either: • Accepts the card, says either "true" or "false", then reveals the card. If this player is wrong, the card is kept in front of her face up, if the player is right, the card is instead kept face up on the initial "giving" player. • Peeks at the card, then passes it face down to another player, either repeatng the original type of critter or declaring a new type. The new player again can either accept the card or pass it, unless the card has already been seen by all other players in which case the player must take the first option. The game ends when a player has no cards to pass on his turn or when a player has four cards of the same critter on the table in front of him. In either case, this player loses and everyone else wins.