Also known as 'Rette Sich Wer Kann' ('Each Man for Himself') and often times referred to as 'The Lifeboat Game,' this pure negotiation game puts a different spin on the typical ocean catastrophe. There's been a boating accident, and a rag-tag group of six lifeboats is trying to make its way to one of several islands just over the horizon. However only one boat will make any forward progress in a given turn, so players try to convince everyone to vote for his particular favorite. To further complicate matters, the sailors can't seem to decide which boat they want to be in, so they're constantly jumping out of boats to swim to another one. As if all that wasn't enough, one of the boats springs a leak each turn. If the boat is at maximum occupancy when the leak occurs, then players vote to decide who to toss to the sharks!
Lifeboats rules in English, (Version 4.0) This document contains the complete rules for Lifeboats, including the "stick rule" that was present in the German version of the game. I printed these out back-to-back, laminated it, and keep it in my game as a quick reference. It is blue to keep with the nautical theme!
Version 4 clarifies one of the voting rules.
PDF file of existing english rules (from publisher site) edited to include the stick rules from the German Rules (added to last page of PDF in previously blank area).
This should make this easier to find out the stick rules referred to in the forums