Ratfink: Scurry & Scamper

Start Time: Saturday 6:00 PM
Location:Grand Ballroom J-09
Game Master(s): Dawson Cowals
Duration:1 1/2 hours
Player Max:6
Signed up:4
Track(s):Board Games
Event Type:Game
Experience Level:Beginner
Age group:Over 10 - Parental supervision not required

"Ratfink: Scurry & Scamper" is a trick-taking, take-that action card game for 2-6 players and plays in 30-60 minutes. Set in the walls and countertops of your house players are rats scurrying and scampering to amass the largest cheese hoard, while trying to stick their fellow rats with the biggest pile of traps (Finks)!

Players familiar with trick-taking games like Spades or Pinochle should feel comfortable with the core of the game but it's easy to pick up for beginners too. In addition to trick-taking Ratfink adds strategic & tactical action cards which help players mitigate the random luck of some card draws and give more agency in the game. Also, the scoring mechanism rewards those best at managing the negative scoring of the Finks instead of those with the luckiest cards who earn the most Cheese.

One game of Ratfink lasts seven rounds divided into three main phases. First, players have a chance to play a Scurry card which can improve their chances during the trick-taking phase by doing things like challenging the Dealer's Trump call, randomly selecting a new Trump, gaining extra cards or even stealing cards from other players. Then players play out the hand in a set of tricks, receiving a piece of cheese for every trick taken. Any players who fail to take a trick during the hand receive a rat trap, or Fink. In the third phase, players can play a Scamper card to alter the outcome from the trick-taking phase by gaining extra cheese, stealing cheese from other players or giving one of their Finks away to another player.

Whoever wins the most cheese each hand becomes Dealer for the next hand and has the advantage of calling a Trump suit based on their cards. Each player starts with four cards from the shuffled Scurry & Scamper deck and seven cards from the playing card deck. Each round one less card is dealt for the hand making it increasingly more difficult to win a trick. The winner is whoever has the fewest Finks by the final round. If there is a tie the player with the largest cheese hoard wins!