I created a card game for food lovers who love to have game nights with family and friends. This game sprang from a need to play card games with people of all ages (including grandma) and have an excuse to argue. (Plus, I love card games).
A lot of people say it is pretty similar to Werewolf or Secret Hitler except it’s based in a restaurant. I'm a fan of Ratatouille, the animation and Werewolf, the card game. I thought it would be really cool to merge both ideas and that when I thought of the social deduction game, "I Smell A Rat." It's the idiom for suspecting or realizing something is wrong.
Link to the instruction manual
Our story begins in the city of Chicago. In the midst of the rowdy streets, buzzing cars and crazy bars; there’s a little restaurant that has gained traction. Its walls are pristine and modern, coupled with amazing ambience. Best of all, their meals are off hook!
The name of the restaurant is Ravioli.
The food critic, Franco Von Dutch has decided to visit the Ravioli and see if it lives up to its hype. The Ravioli staff is excited to have Mr. Von Dutch but there’s just one problem. One of the chefs has noticed that rats have started to infest the kitchen.
At first, the manager thought it wasn’t a big problem but it started to affect the regular flow of the kitchen. Meals started to get sabotaged. Now, all the chefs have been tasked with catching all the rats.
The restaurant starts with three stars.
At the beginning of the game, each player is assigned a role card at random. You are either a chef or a rat. Each player would read their role but not reveal it to the other players. Neither the rats nor the chefs know the roles assigned. The only knowledge the players have is the number of chefs and rats in the restaurant. Players can only pay keen attention to people’s mannerisms during the game.
*The chefs win by either getting five stars or getting rid of all the rats. The rats win when the restaurant loses all its stars and runs out of business.*
There are three decks within the game. The roles, ingredients and recipes.
60 ingredient cards
9 role cards
1 blank card
TYPES OF CARDS
Ingredients: There are the 3S. This includes the staple ingredients, the sabotage ingredients and the special ingredients.
Staples – bananas, strawberries, eggs, flour…
Sabotage – rat droppings, hair and toe nails
Special ingredients are whatever you want them to be. They cancel out wrong ingredients and make a perfect meal.
This game consists of 4 - 9 players. When there are 4 - 6 players, there are two rats. When there are 7 - 9 players, there are three rats.
‘I smell a rat’ is played in rounds. In each round, players have to work together to complete a recipe. Each player is assigned a role of which they do not reveal to anyone.
Next, the ingredients cards are shuffled. Each player is given five ingredient cards. It is important that each player has five ingredient cards at all times. Each time a card is played, the player should a new ingredient card from the deck.
The recipe cards includes different recipes famous at the restaurant. In each round, a recipe card is played and read out loud by all players. Players can take turns to read the recipe. Each recipe has 3-4 ingredients.
After a recipe is read, each player places an ingredient (faced down) in the center. The ingredients are then shuffled and read out loud.
A recipe is completed when at least one specified ingredient is played with no sabotage card or unwanted ingredient.
Chefs are trying to get a five star rating.
Each time a recipe is completed, the restaurant gains a star. The chefs can play a special ingredient card which automatically completes a recipe.
The rats are trying to ruin the recipe. A recipe is ruined when an unwanted card or a sabotage card is played. Saboatge cards include hair, toe nails and rat droppings. A sabotage card automatically ruins a recipe except when a special ingredient card is played.
Rats are trying to get the restaurant to a zero star rating. The restaurant loses a star when a recipe is ruined with a sabotage card or when there are three write-ups given. A write-up is given when a recipe is ruined with an unwanted ingredient. Each time a restaurant loses a star, a player is voted off (fired) by majority rule.
The player who gets accused can only reveal his/her role after the firing process.
*Don’t use your pre-existing knowledge of the ingredients associated with these meals to meet the order. You only do yourself a disservice*
Risks and challenges
It might take a while getting the cards ready. I am currently talking to manufacturers and getting the quality good and ready to go. Other than time, I don't think there are any other barriers.
Another challenge would be printing 50-100 of these. The cost is high because the quantity is low.
- (30 days)