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Andrew Pidcock
Canada
Baie d'Urfe
Quebec
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10
Oct 2005*
Another great game for social groups, and dearly beloved if you are far better at reading people than strategy Great when you know the people you are playing with.
2005-10-13*
Owned
Judith Lange
Switzerland
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10
Jul 2007*
Nicolas Doguet
France
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10
Jan 2008*
This is bluff in its purest form.
2008-01-12*
Owned
Wo WWA
Poland
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10
Aug 2008*
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Maciej Matuszewski
Poland
Lublin
lubelskie
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10
Sep 2008*
Owned
Aaron Lawn
United Kingdom
Llangefni
Anglesey
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10
Nov 2008*
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Tommy Lee
Taiwan
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10
Mar 2009*
tommy li
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10
Mar 2009*
BG HUT
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10
Aug 2009*
Agnieszka O
Poland
Rzeszow
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10
Dec 2009*
Owned
GeniuZ Programmer
Czech Republic
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10
Jul 2012
chalupa
2012-07-19
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Bradley Hays
United States
Kansas City
Missouri
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10
Sep 2010
Played 3 times, including 1 loss (only 1 player loses - everyone else wins!). This is a great game. Fits a good niche for me. Plays up to 6 which is nice. Not too long, usually, so a nice filler. I have yet to play a game that didn't cause riotous laughter. It's pure bluff.

The artwork really adds a lot, in my opinion. Each bug has 8 cards, of the same color but the pictures are all a bit different which is a nice touch.
2010-12-05
Owned
Amir Kalka
Israel
Ramat Gan
ישראל
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10
Nov 2010
Owned
United States
Colorado
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10
Jan 2013
Unplayed.
2012-11-14
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cyth Rawl
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10
Dec 2010
Owned
Koen Daelemans
Belgium
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10
Jan 2011
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Michael Stone
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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10
Dec 2015
Pure bluffing awesomeness.
2012-06-08
Owned
Jay Treat
United States
King of Prussia
Pennsylvania
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10
Jul 2012
The rules and components are simple, but the gameplay is amazingly deep. I do wish the cards didn't come damaged, or that they were a standard size so I could sleeve them to hide the defects.
2012-07-27
Owned
Péter Czeller
Hungary
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10
Feb 2013
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Gus Kegstander
Canada
Brantford
Ontario
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10
Mar 2013
Owned
mark du
Taiwan
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10
Jul 2013
Owned
Mike Truelove
United States
Florida
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10
Apr 2014
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Robert Burke
United States
Belmont
North Carolina
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10
May 2014
Kakerlakenpoker is the simplest, purist, bluffing game on the market. It's the perfect litmus test to weed out socially inept bores.
2014-05-15
Owned
Will Plante
United States
Cumberland
Rhode Island
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10
Oct 2014
Cockroach Poker

Updated thoughts and rating (10):

I play with a few different groups, including my family, and each group plays this game differently. Certain bugs become taboo because of what has happened in previous games. My kids also figured out pretty quickly to pass specific cards around so that the last person is faced with a very difficult choice which could lead to them losing.

The fact that all of this naturally emerges from such a simple rule set is what makes this game brilliant and instantly accessible to everyone. There is nothing tacked on or convoluted. As much as I love Coup there is still a slight barrier to entry with people who don't game much. In fact even in one of my groups a few people really don't like the "heavier" bluffing games but love Cockroach Poker.

This game is a keeper and one I would recommend adding to anyone's collection.


Initial thoughts and rating (8):

- My favorite bluffing game!
- Great gateway into bluffing games, I have been able to play this with lots of different people.
- I am using this game as a stepping stone to eventually teach my wife and kids Coup (which is my favorite bluffing game).
- Plays fast, but there is definitely an interesting meta game that develops if you play with the same people.
- Great artwork!

2016-01-09
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Ben Harding
United States
Mount Pleasant
South Carolina
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10
Nov 2014
A very fun casual filler game. Our 5-year-old daughter loves it, and asks for it all the time. Big hit with family and friends, both gamers and non.
2014-07-21
Owned
Jose Pacheco
United States
Logan
Utah
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10
Oct 2014
Owned
Sime Mardesic
Australia
Bacchus Marsh
Victoria
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10
Sep 2014
Our group are filthy liars that hate losing. Filthy, filthy liars. This game is perfect in that environment.

One of those games that I loved and immediately wanted a copy knowing I'd never get it played at home.

It is confronting, you stare a person in the face and lie to them. You abuse things they know about you, you betray their trust, their friendship, and you destroy any faith they have in humanity.

"It's a bat..."

And then you wait, and now you are both sweating. Did you do enough? Did you put the right amount of hesitation? Did you pick the right person at the table for this card? Finally they glance at it and sweet relief rushes over you. Now it is on them to betray someone and for a few seconds you are safe.

You hear them say:
"It really is a bat..."

And you smile. It is a bat and you know someone who badly doesn't want a bat...time to act suspicious.

Glorious fun.
2014-09-03
Ulrich Fonrobert
Germany
Wachtberg
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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10
Oct 2014
Jim Deville
United States
Florida
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10
Nov 2014
Owned
Cameron Lucas
United States
Oregon
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10
Sep 2015
Love it! Perfect pure-bluffing game in my opinion

Simple to explain and so far hasn't overstayed its welcome. The whole "1 person loses" thing makes it really fun at a party because everyone's excited they won and the person who lost gets to whine and complain a little bit
2015-02-26
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An Sea
Poland
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10
Dec 2015
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Laura Raider
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10
Feb 2015
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Garrett Kaida
United States
Fullerton
California
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10
Jun 2015
Yvonne Blah
South Africa
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Dec 2015
BGG re-themed version

Great party/gateway game for non-gamers
2015-12-29
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Frock Lobster
United States
Portland
Oregon
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10
Dec 2015
Marcin Cenkier
Poland
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10
Dec 2015
Owned
Andrew Mitchel
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10
Jan 2016
Owned
Mirage Mirage
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9.9
Sep 2012
Max Lampinen
Finland
Espoo
none
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9.9
Jan 2016
2nd best game of 2004.
Possibly the best bluffing game there is. Anyone can learn it and there's zero fat, whole game consist of bluffing. I guess it's not as deep as the other staple, Liars Dice, but not as mathy either.
2016-01-26
Owned
Jonathan Harrison
United States
Fisher
Illinois
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So long ...
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9.76
May 2013
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Althea Giam
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9.6
Dec 2014
Brian Walker
United States
Hayward
California
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9.5
Feb 2007*
Always a great filler. This game is not about winning. It's about not losing. When the table "smells" someone close to going down, that player is bombarded with cards. Must have a fun group to play.
2007-02-08*
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Colin Young
Canada
Montreal
Québec
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9.5
Apr 2014
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Evan Derrick
United States
Franklin
Tennessee
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9.5
Dec 2015
Owned
Jon Purkis
United Kingdom
London
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9.5
Dec 2015
Owned
Katherine Burgess
Canada
Burlington
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9.5
Mar 2015
Owned
George Hudson
Canada
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9.5
May 2015
Owned
Juggling Mike
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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9.5
Sep 2015
Owned
Hand Llama Games Dreamer
United States
Colorado
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9.1
Sep 2013
Owned
Mitutaka Tutui
Japan
Ebetsu-shi
Hokkaido
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9
May 2005*
The real Bluff-game.For children only?NO!
2005-05-03*
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