OBJECTIVE OF SHOOT YOUR FRIENDS: The objective of Shoot Your Friends is to be the player with the most bullet cards when the game comes to an end. 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 5 Players 

MATERIALS: 112 Playing Cards, 1 Toy Gun, and Instructions 

TYPE OF GAME: Pattern Building Card Game 

AUDIENCE: Ages 13 and Up 


Players are quickly pitted against one another in Shoot Your Friends. This fast-paced game quickly has players becoming the shooter or the shootie. A loose trigger finger is the best for this game, or else you may find yourself at the wrong end of the barrel!  


To begin setup, remove the six bullet cards from the deck and place them to the side. Eight cards are dealt to each player, and they must stay face down. The remaining cards are placed in the middle of the playing area, within reach of all players, creating the draw pile. Each player will place four cards face down, in a row, directly in front of them, with their other four cards to the side.  

The bullet cards are then placed in a stack in the middle of the table as well. The toy gun should be positioned beside them. The game is then ready to begin! 


The game is played over the course of six rounds. The player with the most points at the end of the six rounds, wins the game. There are no pauses, the game continues until it is complete.  

The round begins when the dealer says. All players will reveal their cards by turning over the four cards in their row. If the player has a match, they may begin to shoot. If the player has a shield card, they are able to put in play by placing it in front of their set. The new missing space is replaced by a card from the draw pile.  

All players play at the exact same time. They may play on their own sets, or on other players in order to create matches. Players have to draw a new card every time they play a card. Each character card has a required number of cards to be considered a match. The character has to be present in the set in order for a match to be played.  

Anytime a player has a match, they become either a target or the shooter. When a player has a match, they may get shot, or they may shoot. The players have to be shooting another player in order to hold the gun. The players with shield cards must dispose of them after they have been shot once.  

When the round is finished, the last player standing will collect a bullet card. The game continues in this manner for six rounds.  


After six rounds of gameplay, the game comes to an end. The players will tally their bullet cards. The player with the most bullet cards, wins the game!  

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