“Backstab” is a card game full of twists and turns that really lives up to its name. The object of the game is to be the first player to accumulate 25¢ in coin tokens. That sounds fairly easy since you begin the game with 5¢ in coin tokens, but let me tell you that winning players will have to pick their moments and backstab their opponents for the extra money needed to win the game.
Let’s start at the beginning…”Backstab” can be played by 2-4 players ages 8 years old and up. It includes 119 game cards, featuring 61 Action cards, 34 Encounter cards, 12 Zone cards and 12 Trump cards. There is also an assortment of coin tokens, 12 backstab tokens and a large black Trap die. To set things up, each player receives 5 Action cards for a starting hand, with the remaining Action cards forming a draw pile. Next, 5 of the Encounter cards are placed face down in the center of the table, 1 of the Zone cards is placed face up next to the row of Encounter cards and the stack of Trump cards are placed face down just below the row of Encounter cards. Lastly, each player receives 1 of the 5¢ coin tokens and 3 of the backstab tokens (black side up). The Trap die, along with the rest of the Encounter and Zone cards, is kept nearby along with the remaining coin tokens.