The Moderator retrieves the white coaster and then creates a ‘deck’ of coasters to hand out.
Every game must be played with 1 Detective, 1 Doctor, and 1 Moderator. The number of Murderers can increase based on the player size (1 for 6, 2 for 8, and 3 for 9-10 players.) The remaining players are Vacationers.
The Moderator should let the players know how many Murderers there are, shuffle the coasters, and deal one to each player. Players, will discreetly look at the bottoms of their coasters to learn their roles. Throughout the game, players may claim to have any role, but they are not allowed to physically reveal their coaster to anyone.
Each round is divided into two phases, Day and Night.
During the Night Phase, players close their eyes while the Moderator guides them through the use of their different abilities by reading a set of prompts.
Players then open their eyes and learn if anyone was murdered overnight. During the Day phase, the Guests try to uncover the identities of Murderer(s), culminating in a vote of Accusation.
After a few minutes of discussion, or once the group reaches a consensus, the Moderator will indicate that it is time to Accuse. All Players raise their index finger to the sky, and after the Moderator counts down from three, players may either keep their fingers pointed up to skip their vote or point at another player in accusation.
Any player that has the majority of fingers pointed their way is voted off the island and reveals their role. If they were the Final Murderer or Second-to-Last Guest, the game ends. If two players receive the same amount of votes, no one reveals their role, and the game continues.
Be wary! Clever and convincing Murderers will use this opportunity to remove Guests by casting suspicion. After the Accusation is resolved, the Night phase continues.
Any players who have been murdered or voted off the island can watch the game, but cannot vote or influence the other players until a new game starts.
HOW THE GAME ENDS when every Murderer has been found, the Guests win the round. When every Guest but one has been revealed or murdered, the Murderers win the round.
Crack the CLAW™ is a murder mystery game for 6-10 players (21+) that takes place in the Knives Out universe. One player, often the host, will facilitate the experience and act as the Moderator. The remaining players are secretly divided into two teams, the Guests - comprised of the Detective, Doctor, and Vacationers - and the Murderer(s).
The Guests’ objective is to correctly identify all Murderers before they perish.
The Detective can identify whether one person is a Murderer each night.
The Doctor can choose one person to save each night, including themself.
The Murderers’ objective is to kill every Guest but one before getting identified.
The team that reaches its objective first wins.