Trendy 12 Card Game

Kingston, ON, Canada
All the stress & excitement of jury duty with none of the guilt! This card game will test any friendship! To start the game, shuffle the six defendant cards. Draw the top card and reveal it. Then shuffle the twenty +/- cards and draw the top card without looking at it and place it underneath the revealed defendant- careful to make sure no...
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Basic Rules

This game can be played with six (6) to twelve (12) people.

To start the game, shuffle the six defendant cards. Draw the top card and reveal it. Then shuffle the twenty +/- cards and draw the top card without looking at it and place it underneath the revealed defendant- careful to make sure no one sees it (including yourself!).

Then shuffle the bias cards. There is one criminal, one innocent, and twelve undecided bias cards. As explained later a bias card will dictate how you vote during a deliberation. Pass out face down the bias cards to everyone player. No one is allowed to reveal their bias card.

Now shuffle the 32 fact of the crime cards. These cards have +/- value attributed to them which will be explained in a paragraph from now so don’t worry! Each player receives one fact of the crime face down (you’re getting the hang to it now) and no one is allowed to share their fact of the crime. Then place four fact of the crime cards face down in the middle of everyone. The rest are not used.

The point of the game is to come to a decision on whether or not the defendant you are deliberating on is guilty or not guilty. Underneath that defendant will be a +/- number between -10 and +10. The fact of the crime cards each have their own +/- number attributed to them. A defendant is innocent if when adding up all the fact of the crime cards they have a number above it. So if a defendant has a -7 underneath them, the fact of the crime cards have to total -6 or higher for them to be innocent. The higher the number the higher the barrier is for them to be innocent. -10 is the lowest barrier and +10 is the highest.

Your bias card determines how you will play. A majority of people will have undecided cards and they will be trying to honestly discover the defendant’s guilt.

However a bias card of Innocent or Criminal means a player will try to sway the group into a Not Guilty or Guilty verdict.

The game is played in rounds. Each round the group will vote a Head Juror. The first nomination is random then the elections will go clockwise from that first individual.Voting is done anonymously by the players using their Not Guilty and Guilty cards. A Not Guilty is a vote to elect and a Guilty is a vote to not elect. A player needs a majority to be voted Head Juror.

A Head Juror can do one of three things. (1) They can ask to see anyone’s fact of the crime card. (2) They can reveal face-up one of the face-down fact of the crime cards. (3) They can inspect one players bias card. If the Head Juror asks to see a player’s bias or fact card that player does not reveal it to anyone but the Head Juror. The Head Juror is free to share the information they saw, lie about the information they saw, or tell no one what they saw.

After a Head Juror is done doing one of these three things a vote is called on whether or not to go into deliberation. This is not done anonymously. It is done by a showing of hands. A 5-1 ( or depending on the amount of people playing: 5-2, 7-1, 7-2, 10-1, 10-2) ratio has to be reached for the entire group to go into deliberation. If no consensus is reached for going into deliberation then a new Head Juror is elected and the process starts over.

If a deliberation is called then the players anonymously turn in decision on the defendant with their Guilt & Not Guilty cards. The Head Juror will then read off the votes. A ratio of 5-1 ( or depending on the amount of people playing: 5-2, 7-1, 7-2, 10-1, 10-2) has to be reached on a verdict for it to be final. If no consensus is reached for going into deliberation then a new Head Juror is elected and the process starts over. If a consensus is reached then the Head Juror will announce the verdict Guilt or Not Guilty and then reveal the +/- number underneath the defendant to see if the jury came to the correct decision.