za3k > games > faux pas
faux pas is a cooperative "hidden role" type game for 3-8 players with a twist: rolls are completely visible. in fact, everyone knows your role... EXCEPT for you.
each player is an important foreigner milling around in the reception room. everyone knows everyone else's title (role). but because you a foreigner and the titles are strange to you, you are a little unsure how you rank against the others. the goal of the game is for everyone to make small talk, and then enter the dining room in descending order of rank, avoiding a social faux pas.
there are a number of ways to commit a faux pas, not just entering the wrong order. if you commit a faux pas, the other players will let you know, and the game is over in a loss for everyone.
at the start of the game, draw a title card from a playing deck. hold it face-out against your forehead. you can look at everyone elses' cards, but don't look at your own.
on your turn, you may do one of the following.
there is no turn order. whoever wishes to can take a turn next, by doing so.
for a goofier game, everyone can adopt personas. however, try not to give away information by adding extra details in smalltalk or while asking questions.
for an easier game, allow one faux pas (but not two). for yet an easier game, allow two, or three.
for a harder game, you can't volunteer information. for an even harder game, each action may only be done once, per player, per game. I recommend keeping track with six cards per player. for the hardest game, actions are dealt randomly--you can only perform an action by playing it, and your hand is kept secret from other players.
written by zachary "za3k" vance on 2021-04-28.
|A||Emperor||Your rank is so high that no one is permitted to talk to you (even to answer questions), or make eye contact with you.|
|2||Pope||You are infallable. Everyone must agree with whatever you say, even if they are not sure or know you are wrong.|
|3||Cardinal||Everyone else must answer any questions immediately, and respond to your smalltalk.|
|4||Duke||Everyone else must answer any questions immediately, and respond to your smalltalk.|
|5||Inquisitor||If asked a question by the Inquisitor, you must answer, but avoid giving a factual yes or no answer. You do not need to answer immediately.|
|6||Korean||You cannot make eye contact with the Korean ambassador, but anyone can bow to the Korean ambassador and they can bow to anyone.|
|9||Duke In Exile||Everyone must pretend as though you are a Duke, immediately answering any questions and responding to your smalltalk. They also answer all questions as though you are really a rank 4 Duke, unless you specifically ask about being in exile.|
|10||Untouchable||Your rank is so low that no one is permitted to talk to you, or make eye contact with you.|
|J||Viscount||No one is really sure where you rank, you can enter in any order. But, if there are both a Viscount and a Vice-Count (two jacks), you must enter TOGETHER, not one after another. You must rush forward and join the other Viscount before they look at their card.|
|Q||Queen Dowager||Everyone may bow to you, and you may not bow to anyone. No one is really sure where you rank, so you can enter in any order.|
|K||False Prophet||No one is allowed to bow to you or make small talk with you. If you enter the room at all, it is a faux pas. You can lie to the False Prophet if they ask you a question. if the False Prophet commits a faux pas (other than entering the dining room), they are removed from the game but play continues, and this is the only way to complete the game.|