Stay Alive. Gain a Fortune! DEAD LAST is a ‘social collusion’ game of shifting alliances, betrayals and murder for profit, where players must conspire and vote upon whom to kill each round. Any means of overt or covert communication is allowed - a glance, a nod, pointing under the table, flashing their card, anything - but make sure you don’t tip off the target or they could ambush you instead!
The game is themed around players embroiled in a tontine, a favorite trope of pulp fiction/detective novels. Tontines were once popular investment opportunities, accruing large sums of money that were only paid out to the last surviving member of the group. When these contracts lead to murder, most were outlawed. Yet, here we are, plotting against everyone at the table and deciding, as a group, who is the next to die.
This is a casual, large group game (6 - 12 players) that has broad, boisterous appeal, creates a new wrinkle in the popular ‘social gaming’ arena and is poised to be ‘that game’ being played in the later hours of event nights and in the halls of conventions. The rules can be taught in three minutes flat - and players will begin conspiring before you’re done reading.