Dead Last Party Game Overview

Your friends will be dying to play Dead Last from Smirk and Dagger. -


Every once in a while we say things that just don’t come out right. Those things that make you scurry in hopes that you can remove your foot from your mouth before anyone notices. You know what I’m talking about. Admit it… you’ve done it once or twice (or a lot of times.)

This is not one of those situations. I’m completely serious to congratulate someone for being dead last. It’s not an insult. It’s an accomplishment. And in a backwards kind of way, it’s a win.

Remember a while back when we told you about Why First? It’s a game where coming in first doesn’t mean you have won. You need to consistently come in second to be labeled the winner. Well, the latest release from Smirk & Dagger Games gives their title an even bigger spin by encouraging players to be last. Dead Last to be specific.

Dead Last, the latest party game from Smirk & Dagger, supports up to 12 players. -

But in this case, the goal is to be dead…last. As in surviving longer than everyone else. It’s a party game designed to accommodate up to 12 players and it’s one of the few party games that doesn’t last longer with the increase in players. The unusual mechanisms make this game fast and furious with people dying left and right.

In Smirk & Dagger's latest party game, Dead Last, you target other players and hope you aren't ambushed. -

Everyone in the game selects a color to identify themselves. A stack of cards is given to each player including an Ambush card in their own color and color cards representing all the other players. Each round, the goal is to determine who from the group will die. All at once, everyone votes and the person with the majority of votes is dead. (Unless they play their ambush card but I’ll explain that in more detail in a minute.)

Most votes = dead.

Sound a little bully-ish? It’s not and here’s why: Any player who didn’t vote with the majority, is dead also.

Not voting with the majority = dead.

If there’s a tie between two sets of people and no majority then both die. Anyone who didn’t vote with either of those groupings dies.

Lots of dead people, huh? Exactly. And all in one round… THAT quickly. Now here’s the interesting part that makes this game unlike any others. Not only is table talk allowed, it is completely encouraged. Players can flat out say “I’m voting for (insert color here) so vote with me.” Or they can be more subtle and point when the target isn’t looking. Or nod in the direction of someone. You get the idea. The goal is to be part of the majority in whatever way possible. That’s almost the only way to stay alive.

In Smirk & Dagger's latest party game, Dead Last, you target other players and hope you aren't ambushed. -

Let’s get back to the ambush card. If a player feels like they are the target, they can opt to play their ambush card which means they got wind of the plot to kill them and are turning the tables with an ambush. If they aren’t the target and misread the ambush then they are dead. After all, they weren’t part of the majority. If they WERE right and they did receive the majority of votes then they can select one of the players who voted for them to be the victim.

The last two players in each Dead Last round go to a showdown for the gold. -  The last two players in each Dead Last round go to a showdown for the gold. -

If it comes down to two players, they have a showdown where they each select an action which will determine who gets the loot. While the game is a series of quick rounds, the ultimate winner is the person who gathers the determined amount of gold first. So you can be amiable and split the loot in a showdown or go all-in to get it for yourself. Keep in mind, greedy people put targets on their backs!

Dead Last by Smirk and Dagger is a quick and entertaining party game for up to 12 players. - SahmReviews.comWhile the game is set to end when one player accumulates the designated amount of gold, it reality, the fun of this game is with each individual round. People can join and leave the game so it’s perfect for parties and social groups. You don’t need to know the other players well to participate, either, which is another great reason it’s ideal for social gatherings.

On a side note, I know Smirk & Dagger Games put a lot into this game because I was part of a focus group discussing the game’s title as well as artwork. Shoot over to see what we think of some of their other games and I encourage you to see how they are killing it on Twitter and Facebook.

So get your skills of persuasion ready, learn some skills in subtle hinting and start picking off your friends in the nicest way possible so you can be Dead… Last. Ask your local game store if they have Dead Last available or you can pick up a copy on Amazon for around $25.

12 thoughts on “Dead Last Party Game Overview

  1. This game sounds pretty fun. I imagine there’d be a lot of bullying in this house, probably along with some sneaky shenanigans. Sounds fun to me!

  2. What a neat game, I love the idea of having a new game around. This one sounds like it will be quite a bit of fun! I hadn’t even seen it before now.

  3. I like the pun with the dead last name, you had me going there for a bit! This looks really fun to play, I love games where you roleplay as a character, and games with friends are even better.

  4. I’m one of six kids and we had a mean way of voting for whomever we wanted to do a chore. We’d all raise our hand in the air, count to three, and point at our victim. This sounds like just the game for my family. We would have a blast voting for each other to be kicked out.

  5. I love the idea of table talk! I am always struggling to not open my mouth during a board game. Maybe I’ll get this game for around Christmas gathering time. Spread some cheer. At least with the in-laws. Just kidding 😉

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