Stay alive, gain a fortune...
Dead Last originally known as Tontine
is a social collusion game of shifting alliances, betrayals, and
murder for profit in which 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 a card, anything
but make sure you don't tip off the target or they could ambush you
instead! In the end, one or two players will remain, either claiming all
the gold or squaring off in a final showdown before starting the next
round of play. The first player to score 24 points of gold wins.
the inspiration for the game is one of the oldest pulp
fiction/detective novel tropes: the Tontine, a financial investment that
accrues, but pays out only to the last surviving member of the group.
This practice is now largely illegal as it famously had the tendency to
lead to murder.
But it is the subtle art of communication that
delivers the fun of the game and you conspire with each other. If you
are the target of the most votes, you're dead, and if you did not side
with the popular vote, you are also dead, so you constantly have to stay
informed or deceive your target to band together without letting the
target know. Wink, smile, kill that's the whole game. As soon as
someone asks, Hey, wanna play Dead Last, the game has already begun and if you don't know who the target is, it very well could be you...