Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im Card Game Released by @Cryptozoic and Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Social Deduction Game Is Based on Fan-Favorite Episode of Batman: The Animated Series
Lake Forest, CA – February 27, 2017 – Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, announced the release of the Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im Card Game. The 5-8 player social deduction game is based on the classic “Almost Got ’Im” episode of Batman: The Animated Series in which Gotham City’s most infamous rogues play poker and tell stories about almost defeating Batman, not knowing one of them is actually Batman in disguise. Players take on the roles of various DC Super-Villains of the Caped Crusader, one of whom is secretly Batman. The action centers around participants gathering the poker cards needed to activate special abilities. The Super-Villain players use their abilities and guile to try and figure out which of them is Batman, while the Batman player tries to defeat the Super-Villains before they discover his or her identity.
“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.
Every round, each player has a chance to improve his or her poker hand and reach the goal shown on his or her Secret Role Card by either drawing a card or taking a card from one of three discard piles. After this, the first player that round (called “The Brains”) may accuse another player of being Batman; if seconded, it goes to a Vote. If the accused player is Voted guilty, one of two things happens. If the player is indeed Batman, the Super-Villains win. If the guilty party is a Super-Villain, the character is Subdued, losing his or her special abilities. The player who is Batman requires a certain number of Subdues to win, determined by the number of players in the game.
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.
- Number of Players: 5-8
- Ages: 15+
- Playtime: 30 minutes
- Contents Summary:
- 13 Character Cards
- 9 Secret Role Cards
- 1 Custom Poker Deck with 2 Jokers
- Lots of Support Cards
For more information, check out the Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im product page or blog series.
Founded in 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Inc. is a premier developer and publisher of original and licensed board games, card games, comics, and trading cards, including the DC Comics™ Deck-Building Game, The Walking Dead™ Board Game, The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game, and Ghostbusters™:The Board Game, one of the most funded tabletop games in Kickstarter history. Following a philosophy and core principle of “Fans First,” the dedicated gamers and fans of the Cryptozoic Entertainment team are focused on producing fun and amazing products along with epic events that bring all gaming fans together as part of the Cryptozoic community. Visit www.cryptozoic.com for more information about product releases, events, and news.
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