Designed by Dave Fulton, Jacob Tlapek
Grifters is a hand-building game that has all the fun of deck-building games, without the deck. Players take on the role of powerful crime bosses, building their criminal organizations by carefully recruiting new operatives with specialized skills and directing their team's nefarious deeds. All of your specialists are either in play or in your hand, ready to be used as you command. This unique hand-building mechanic gives you total control of your strategy.
Grifters is all about stealing as much money as you can – from the corrupt government, malicious corporations and your rival players. Each player starts the game with a hand of 6 Specialist cards, each with unique abilities. Your objective is to use this team of 6 Specialists to recruit more criminals, complete jobs, steal from the government coffers and swindle your opponents.
The game ends when the coffers run out of money, there are no more jobs left to complete, or if there are no more specialists cards left for recruiting. End game bonuses are calculated for completing multiple jobs against the same target. The winner is the player with the most money.