In Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im Card Game, you have both a face-up and face-down card dealt to you. The face up card, or Character Card, will display which one of Batman’s thirteen Villains you will be playing as for the entirety of the game.
The Characters are not just for roleplaying purposes, though pretending to be the Penguin or any of the other rogues will definitely add more fun to your game. Each one has a special ability that requires him or her to discard a specific card to use. This ability matches their Villainous characteristics and can be used only ONCE each game. Each special ability will either help you or the rest of the team in some small, but meaningful way. Once used, your Character Card is turned its side, indicating the ability cannot be used again.
The Joker has many storied pasts. In Alan Moore’s perennial Batman graphic novel The Killing Joke, he makes the statement, “If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice.” As such we’ve seen many different backstories for the Joker, including Jack Napier in Tim Burton’s Batman, which heavily influenced the early seasons of Batman: The Animated Series.
In the movie, Jack carries a lucky deck of cards and plays off the persona of a Jack from that same deck, especially fitting since he is the right hand man to a mob boss. When the iconic fall at the Ace Chemical plant changes him into the Clown Prince of Crime, he is metaphorically transformed from one card to another.
This backstory informs the Jokers Once-Per-Game ability in Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im Card Game, as he can turn a Jack into either a Joker or into knowledge about which players have Joker cards at the table. Jokers are 100% wild and can be any suit and any value, so having one makes a player extra dangerous and causes all the other players to eye him or her suspiciously.
Oswald Cobblepot is another of Batman’s most famous villains. Taking on the moniker of Penguin, he represents the darker side of business savvy and mob involvement in most of his appearances. His shady deals are often what brings other rogues together for bigger heists and machinations.
Everyone likes it when they are in on a deal and this is portrayed with his ability to share a card draw. What is not mentioned on Penguin’s card is that table talk is allowed and vital to the game. So, who will he give one of the two cards to? The Brains, with a promise of not being accused? Or will he give a Jack to the Joker to gain more information about the other Villains?
No matter what deal the Penguin makes, it is not binding. There is no honor among thieves, especially if that thief you made a deal with is secretly Batman.
Edward Nygma, or as he’s better known to Batman fans, the Riddler, is arguably Batman’s most intelligent foe.
In a social deduction game, what separates an average player from a fantastic player is brains. Being able to track who said what and the motivations that might be behind their statements IS the game. We think that if the Riddler were a gamer, these types of games would be his favorite.
Since Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im Card Game is a social deduction game in which the best players may try to count cards, we wanted to give a person playing as the Riddler a leg up, as the Character would be able to count cards in his sleep. Activating his power at the right time before a Blackout just might give you a clue as to who is Batman and if someone is about to be Subdued. But the other players may wonder, is the Riddler secretly Batman and asking the question at this specific time just to confuse everyone else?
In Batman: The Animated Series, Matt Hagen is an actor warped into the powerful and sneaky Clayface due to the experimental cream he used to restore his looks after a car accident. He is possibly one of Batman’s most terrifying rogues, as he can not only pose as anyone but, when his disguise inevitably falls, he can pack one heck of a punch in a fight.
Clayface is the only Character in Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got ’Im Card Game who effectively has two abilities. The first is turning into any one of the 6-9 other Characters not dealt to players at the start of the game.
Once the Clayface player becomes another Character, he or she can use the new Character’s ability immediately. Since the unused Character Cards are public knowledge, you can actually build your hand so you use Clayface’s special ability and the second Character’s ability back-to-back, resulting in a Villainous combo no one expects!
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