In Eyes on the Prize, you are troublemakers. Maybe you don't think you are -- maybe, to you, your most unfortunate and ludicrous circumstances are no fault of your own, and it is only an additional misfortune that you've been driven to such lengths -- but the fact of the matter is that, when all is said and done, you need your situation upended so badly that you've ended up fake-married about it. So it goes!
Unfortunately for you, there's nothing more appealing to the rumor-mongers and scandal-hobbyists of court society than an unusual marriage. If the two of you want a chance to meet your goals, you'll have to play your parts, and you'll have to play them immaculately.
Get your shit done, don't get caught, and absolutely, positively do not fall in love for real. That would be so fucking embarrassing.
Eyes on the Prize is a court intrigue game for 2 or 4 players (1 or 2 pairs) in which you dream up a fake-married couple, then attempt to wield their fraudulent union to achieve their shared goals. Perform badly, and nobody will buy it, tripping up your attempts to advance your plots; perform too well, and you might start fooling even yourselves.
You can play it funny, you can play it sexy, you can play it fast, you can take your time -- the only real expectations are mischief and self-indulgence.
To play, you'll need:
- An eight-sided die for each player
- A deck of standard playing cards
- Many small tokens (coins, buttons, tiny seashells)
- A stopwatch/timer
- Paper and something to write with
- 1-3 hours of time
The game package includes:
- Game rules (standard, print-friendly, and collated booklet versions)
- Printable playsheets and challenge cards
- Playsheet .png, for virtual play
- Chinese translation .docx, courtesy of coffee ghost!
The "booklet" files are collated so you can print and fold them into a neat little book. For best results when printing these files, please do not reorder the pages, and make sure you have the following print settings active:
PAGES PER SHEET: 2
SCALE: FIT TO PAPER
PRINT ON BOTH SIDES
FLIP ON SHORT EDGE
Note that the page counts in the booklet versions are slightly different than the normal PDFs, due to extra pages added to make sure everything lines up!