Deadfall features fantasy creatures illustrated by Bill McGuire.

The bonus game for the Lord of the Fries deck, Deadfall, is so much fun we decided to give it its own deck! Featuring gorgeous fantasy creatures illustrated by Bill McGuire, Deadfall includes several variations on the original, and can still be used to play all of the other Pairs games.

Pairs is a "New Classic Pub Game" featuring an unusual deck of cards. The deck has only the numbers 1 through 10, with a different number of each card: 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, and so on, up to 10x10. 

In the basic game, points are bad, and you score points by getting a pair. So, if you have a 10, there are 9 other cards that could pair it up, and you'll get 10 penalty points if you do. Players take turns deciding whether to take another card, or fold, trying to avoid scoring points. When you fold, you have to take points, but only the smallest card in play.

Deadfall is a bluffing game somewhat like Liar's Dice. Players start with 6 cards in hand, and play cards one at a time trying not to play the last of a given rank. If you challenge another player, the hand is over; if that was the last card of that rank, you win, but if there are more, you lose. The penalty rises with the rank of the card, so be careful when you call the big numbers!

Pairs was designed by veteran game inventors James Ernest and Paul Peterson, and released in October 2014. There are many different art decks to choose from, but they all work for the same game (and many variant games!)

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