‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Meets Poker In This New Card Game

by Tyler Harris
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Whether you grew up with it, discovered it at a young age years after it aired, or binged watched the entire series as an adult, there has never been an animated series quite like Batman: The Animated Series. This groundbreaking 90s series captured the spirit of the Dark Knight in a way that paid tribute to what came before it, whilst still being fresh for an older audience. The incredibly distinctive art style still stands out with some of the best character designs to date. And, of course, this series introduced the infamous Harley Quinn. I could talk about this show for days on end, but let’s talk about one episode for a moment: the fan favorite “Almost Got ‘Im.”

Airing during the back-half of the original series’ run on November 10, 1992, “Almost Got ‘Im” became an instant fan favorite and still stands up to this day as one of the best The Animated Series has to offer. It featured a gallery of Batman’s rogues discussing the various times they almost captured him (almost got ‘im, even) and ends with a plot twist to end all plot twists, with Batman being revealed as one of the villains at the table in disguise. Now, this episode has been made into a card game wherein the players around the table need to figure which one of them is secretly Batman before he or she takes down the other villains. Bringing this episode to life in a poker-style game is Cryptozoic Entertainment, a gaming and collectible company who has a passion for all things geeky and board-gamey.

Interested fans can check out the official description from the Cryptozoic website and see the trailer below, and can purchase the game here!

The villains of Gotham City have gathered for a poker night and to share stories about the time they nearly dispensed with that troublesome caped crusader, Batman. Little do they know that the Dark Knight is in their midst, disguised as one of their own. Will the rogues be able to suss out the bat in their belfry before he clandestinely subdues them?

This variant on the popular Werewolf-style deduction game, inspired by the memorable Batman The Animated Series episode “Almost Got ‘Im”, adds a poker element to the proceedings, requiring participants to craft poker hands to activate their special abilities when the lights go out. Take on the personas of classic Batman baddies in a game where everyone has something to hide and no one is safe.

With Poker hands guiding the action, players have something to talk about. Everyone has an important role. No bystanders in this game! Too often, social deduction games begin with random accusations just to get the ball rolling. Not so here. Players can request Poker cards from other players, and often see what cards other players are taking. Enemies are made when someone takes the card you wanted. Now you have a reason to be suspicious of another player!




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