Ballots, Bullets and Scandal… anything goes in the race to the White House! Get ready for a merciless duel of intrigue and deceit!
Outlaws – Last Man Standing is an intense 2 player game designed by Jeremy Pinget. In this political Mexican stand-off, you take on the role of a Governor in the Wild West attempting to outmanoeuvre their opponent and win the election by any means necessary.
Illustrated by Arnaud Demaegd, your Governor and his loyal supporters each have unique abilities which can be used to defeat your rival in one of three ways:
Outlaws is a presidential race where every vote counts. The Governor with the most votes when the election takes place wins. But it isn’t called the Wild West for nothing - anything could happen by election day!
Shady characters are everywhere in the West, and the rich and powerful aren’t above hiring them to do their dirty work. If a Hitman can eliminate the opposing governor with a well-placed shot, well, dead men can’t be President, it’s as simple as that.
Luckily, in a time of lawlessness there are still those that uphold justice. If a Sheriff can foil an assassination attempt and arrest the Hitman, his employer’s reputation will be left in tatters. A scandal will destroy a man just as surely as a bullet.
By moving your characters around, your aim is to discreetly discover where different items and characters are located, without revealing too much to your rival in the process…or at least, nothing that you don’t want them to know.
As the plot thickens and you locate your opponent’s key pieces you’ll be able to decide how you wish to take them down: Ballots, Bullets or Scandal…
- An intense 2 player game
- Small price, big gameplay.
- A wealth of replayability as you generate new strategies.
- An authentic Wild West setting imagined and illustrated by Arnaud Demaegd
- Memory aid tokens for players that want a strategic experience without the memory aspect.
- Up to 4 players with 2 box sets!
In Outlaws, characters are set up hidden from your opponent in two rows of eight, facing each other, with a row of tokens in the middle.
Normally, each character interacts with the standees and tokens directly in front of them. However, some abilities also allow you to affect characters adjacent or diagonal to you, so positioning is important!
The Saloon: Two of your characters will also be placed face up in the Saloon. There, they are visible to your opponent, however they cannot interact with them. The only character that cannot enter the Saloon is the Governor - he wouldn’t risk his reputation by being seen in such an establishment!
Each player’s turn consists of two actions. You may choose from:
You can swap characters around in plain sight of your opponent, under the table or in any other sneaky way you please. Also, it is perfectly acceptable for characters to be placed back in their starting positions, it's up to you to bluff your way through!
Character Mini-Tokens: Outlaws is a game of strategy and memory. However, memory games aren’t for everyone. You can use the character tokens to help keep track of which of your opponent’s characters you’ve identified. They have a coloured side for when you’re certain of the character’s identity, and a black & white side for when you’re not so sure. You may move these tokens around as you please, but apart from serving as a reminder, they don’t have any effect on the game.
Revealing a character: Most actions in Outlaws require/cause you to “reveal” a character. Revealed characters are flipped around and shown to your opponent before being hidden again after completing the action.
Trying to take a token isn’t without risk. Guess correctly, and you win a considerable advantage. Get it wrong, and you’ll reveal precious information to your rival.
Each character’s ability is unique and some may only be used in specific circumstances:
There are 3 different ways for the game to end:
If a player’s Governor reveals and takes the Election token whilst holding the most votes, they win the game!
If a player’s Hitman successfully assassinates the opposing Governor, they win the game.
If a player’s Sheriff successfully arrests their opponent’s Hitman, they win the game.
Just how you go about reaching these win conditions is entirely up to you! As you become more familiar with the characters and the extent of their abilities you can formulate your own strategies and moves. In the meantime, here’s a few of our favourites:
It may be safer be sure about the identity of a token before trying to take it, but you don’t have to! Using a minor character such as the Indian or the Reporter, you can move along the board guessing “Vote” for multiple tokens. If you’re lucky this could give you a lead in the polls. If you’re unlucky though, it could reveal something rather important to your opponent, such as the position of a Bullet or Handcuff token. So the question is - are you feeling lucky, punk?
The Bandit is a powerful tool. Like the Indian, he can be used to scout out your opponent’s line. If you get lucky you’ll come across either the Hitman or Sheriff that he can steal key items from. Even if your opponent shuts him down with their Sheriff, you can still learn a lot from your crime spree which can give you an advantage for the rest of the game.
A player without any Handcuff tokens is at a big disadvantage in Outlaws as it gives their opponent’s characters a lot of freedom. If you can bait your opponent into trying to arrest your Hitman whilst he is adjacent to the Priest, you’ll suddenly find your Hitman will have a lot more freedom in his hunt for the opposing Governor.
The Reporter’s ability is very potent, which is why you can only use it three times per game. To increase your chances of guessing correctly, use it later in the game once you’re more certain of your opponent’s positioning. Even if the characters revealed are not hugely important, reducing eight unknown quantities down to five is a big advantage.
The Mayor is ideal for catching opponents off guard, especially later in the game. Moves such as “diagonal” arrests from the Sheriff and long-distance token manipulation from the Storekeep can seal the deal for you if used well.
Whether you’re searching for a Vote token or trying to stop your opponent from finding it, the Storekeep is your man. When a token is picked up, all the others slide down and a new one always enters play at the top of the line. You can benefit from this by moving your Storekeep adjacent to this entry point to scrutinise any new tokens that enter the board and position them accordingly.
With two boxes of Outlaws you can play with up to four players. These 3 & 4 player modes take on a slightly different form but otherwise follow all the same rules!
You will however find that with more Sheriffs and more Hitmen comes a lot more bullets and handcuff tokens so these games can become quite rambunctious! The core duel theme is unchanged but you have a lot more elements to consider, which means things can get quite explosive!
With four players you can also play the team mode: Republicans vs Democrats! The setup is the same but each payer has their own Governor, Sheriff and Hitman which only they control. All the other characters can be used by both members of the party (team). The idea is to lead your team to victory...whilst also making sure that you become president and your friend vice-president. So be sure to keep a close eye on your “friends” in this one!
You can Download the rules HERE. Please note that these are still in Beta form and do not represent the final booklet you'll recieve with your game!
If you do have any comments or questions feel free to message us about them!
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Currently the game design and pre-production for Outlaws is complete. You can see the prototype copies of it in the reviews and videos shown on this page. Some modifications have been made since these were printed and now there are just some modifications and final checks to be made to the rule book before we are happy with the final product.
As for stretch goals and other content we may unlock during the campaign: The game design and artwork for the majority of elements have been tested and finalized. Any remaining pieces should be completed not long after the Kickstarter has ended.
All in all, it shouldn't take too long to complete pre-production and send the game off to print. However, this depends on the route the campaign takes. We have prepared as much as possible but developments during the campaign may cause delays so please bear this in mind.
JÉRÉMY PINGET is a young French author living in the north of France. He is a lifelong fan of tabletop gaming, as proven by his impressive collection. He has been involved in other projects, but Outlaws is his first published game.
ARNAUD DEMAEGD is a Parisian illustrator known for his work on 40+ board games. A boardgamer himself, as well as a musician and University teacher in English Phonetics, he has had a hand in the creation of several classics such as Caylus, Yspahan, Myrmes, Shakespeare or Sherlock Holmes. Outlaws is his first board game with an American Wild West theme.
HOLY GRAIL GAMES is a board game publisher that was born from its creators’ desire to make great, unique games. Holy Grail Games brings together the experience and passion of Jamie Johnson (community manager on multiple projects including Conan and The 7th Continent Kickstarter campaigns) Vincent Dutrait (renowned illustrator and artistic director) , and Olivier Melison (entrepreneur, passionate player and game author).
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