The best liar wins in Hoax, a fast-paced party game of secret identities designed by, Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge, Ned Horn, and Peter Olotka. When an unscrupulous business magnate meets an undignified end, a fierce competition for his estate begins. The inheritance is legally promised to whoever can prove that he is just as clever, deceitful, and ruthless as the deceased magnate. Therefore the greedy members of the magnate’s inner circle engage in a heated struggle to lie, cheat, accuse, outwit, and manipulate their way to wealth.
Each player in Hoax takes on one of seven secret identities, from the resentful chef to the ambitious son-in-law, and attempts to make the other players believe that they are actually someone else. Each turn you can claim a privilege (whether or not its actually yours to claim), investigate another player, or make an accusation. You can be eliminated by making false accusations or getting caught in a lie. Victory goes to the player who can outlast all the others, demonstrating that he is the most devious, scheming competitor in the game.
He hadn’t seen the family since the age of eighteen, so he was certain that no one would recognize him as that infamously ungrateful child. Instead of his normal three-piece suit, he went into the estate meeting with dirt on his hands, grass stains on his jeans, and a list of landscaping jargon pulled up on his cell phone. He sat down between the scowling butler and his late father’s current girlfriend, and introduced himself as, “Chad. You know, the gardener.”
Hoax is a fast-paced game of secret identities for three to six players. When a ruthless and filthy rich business magnate chokes to death on a celebratory champagne cork, he leaves only one clear directive in his will: that his heir be as devious and remorseless as he was. An intense competition between the greedy members of his inner circle ensues, each determined to prove himself worthy of the business, the estate, and the accompanying billions. In Hoax, you and your friends each take on the role of one of these fortune-seekers as they attempt to eliminate their rivals using any means necessary.
10 to 20 minutes
3 to 6 players
Released: 12 April 2016