Aye, Dark Overlord!
is a funny and fast-paced card game of quick thinking and shameless excuse-making. One player takes on the role of Rigor Mortis, the Dark Overlord, who
finds his diabolical schemes once again have been thwarted. The other players portray his cowering goblin servants, concocting ridiculous excuses to avoid the Overlord's wrath. The game ends when one goblin fails to account for his shortcomings too many times, takes the blame for the entire fiasco, and is dragged off to a dubious fate!
Four to six players aged 13 and up will have the chance kiss the Overlord's boots, hurl outrageous accusations, and happily stretch the truth beyond recognition.
Each goblin player begins the game with three Hint Cards. When called upon to provide an explanation for their mistakes, the player must play a Hint Card and create a story based on the title, illustration, or text on that card. And it had better be good, the Dark Overlord has no patience for stalling or a telling a boring story.
There's more to a goblin's life than just fabricating unlikely excuses,
though. It's also important to accuse your friends and try to distract them while they tell their lies. Goblin players start the game with three Action Cards to do exactly that. These allow the players to either Pass the Buck, forcing some other poor soul to start explaining himself, or to Freeze another player's story, attempting to derail his train of thought as he makes his excuse.
Withering Look Cards
The Dark Overlord will only put up with these shenanigans for so long. The Overlord player may give a Withering Look Card to any player who doesn't use a Hint Card appropriately or who lets the excuse go on too long before passing the buck. As a matter of fact, he can dole out Withering Look Cards for no reason at all. So it's a good idea to keep the Dark Overlord happy, because if a player receives three Withering Looks, it means certain doom.
The End of the Game
When one of the Overlord's servants receives a third Withering Look, the game is over. The hapless Goblin is taken away to suffer the Overlord's terrible wrath. Everyone else lives to cower in fear another day…
Aye, Dark Overlord! ships Spring 2009!