Smoke and Mirrors is a bluffing game for 2-5 players and takes about 20 minutes. In this game, you are a magician, claiming to have a better act than your peers. Be careful what you say, or you may be called upon to perform a trick you’re not prepared for. But, if you can pull it off, your challenger will have to leave in disgrace.
Each player has three cards, one from each of three distinct decks. The star deck is mostly 1s, the skull deck is mostly 5s, and the spiral cards are unique, ranging from 1-5. By looking at the backs of the cards their opponents play, players can develop heuristics for how likely it is that their opponent is telling the truth. For example, there’s a good chance that a star and a skull add up to 6, a really small chance that they add up to 2, and no chance that they add up to 3.
Adding to the intrigue, each deck contains one mirror card. This card can be used to copy one or two other cards that it’s played with. Bluffing that one of your cards is a mirror (when it’s not) is a powerful strategy, but be careful! If your opponent is holding that mirror, they will know you are lying.