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Lawyer Up: Season 2 by Rock Manor Games Rock Manor Games
Return to the hit asymmetrical card game, Lawyer Up with brand new cases filled with legal drama and intrigue

Project story

1 - 2
Play time
60 min
13 +
Return to the courtroom with new cases for Lawyer Up. Investigate a conspiracy and discover the real killer in our noir inspired Private Eye case, Fight over assets in our high profile celebrity divorce case, and navigate the secrets of the con men and women of our 1980s Casino Heist case. Each of these new cases introduces new mechanics that make each new case fresh. New and experienced players have never had so many witnesses to depose!

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What is Lawyer Up?

For those of you unfamiliar with the original game, Lawyer Up was meticulously designed and developed by Samuel W. Bailey (Forbidden Stars, Talisman: Cataclysm) and Mike Gnade (The Maximum Apocalypse Series, the Few and Cursed) as an asymmetrical two-player courtroom drama card game where one player is the noble prosecution and the other the steadfast defense. Each game begins with the Discovery phase, where players draft vital evidence to support their case and bury evidence that might help their opponent. Next comes the Trial phase, where players call witnesses and play powerful arguments along with the evidence they drafted into their examination pools. To form a coherent line of questioning, players will need to chain together their cards by matching bias symbols. The player who can best examine the Witness by generating the most influence will spend the difference to sway the Jury to their side. Every game is different, but the lawyer with the best case and most convincing arguments will be sure to get the verdict they are after!


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Why Should I Back Lawyer Up on Gamefound?

There are a lot of reasons supporting creators directly through crowdfunding is a great thing. Here are a few reasons we came up with:

1. Get the Game First

Lawyer Up's new cases will be in your hands ahead of everyone else. Furthermore, your pledge and comments help make the game better!

2. Save money on the game

Every reward in this campaign is discounted to help save you money. Bundling together more expansions and games will save you even more.

3. Guarantee your copy

Our first two expansions sold out very quickly and have been out of stock for almost a year. Pledging on Gamefound guarantees you a copy of each case you're interested in without needing to hunt it down later.

What's New in Season 2?

The Divorce case expansion focuses on a high profile celebrity divorce case between a billionaire tech CEO and 90s Television Star. This is a more symmetrical case with each player taking on the role of one of the celebrities of the marriage. You can play as a Sam, the super rich tech CEO or as Adrian, the TV celebrity. Both Sam and Adrian's cards are dual-sided male/female so you can create any kind of marriage/relationship that you prefer.
One of the new mechanics in this case are secret Attitude cards. Each of these cards represents the emotional state of each partner and matches one of the bias symbols in the game. It's possible for your attitude to change throughout the course of the divorce proceedings but each one gives you extra victory points for marital assets with the matching bias symbol on them.

The other big change for the Divorce case is that you'll be fighting over (and swaying) marital asset cards rather than the jury. Each Asset card is double-sided and has an asymmetrical track where you can spend influence to sway bias. The victory point values on each asset are scored by the player who wins the asset (if in their color) but assets can also be shared between players. This allows the Divorce case to be played competitively or cooperatively based on the strategies chosen by each side leading to amicable splits, financial victories, or spiteful losses. Will you compromise for the sake of the children or drag each other through the mud to get the most assets?

The Private Eye Case expansion sees the defense take on the role of private investigator in a 1950s Hollywood noir setting where they have been framed for the murder of a popular film star. The private eye will need to divide their time between investigating clues to solve the real murder and defending themselves in court. The prosecution works with conspirators and ring leaders to gain red herrings to hinder this investigation.

This case features a lot of new mechanics that shake up the core game. As the defense, you will be working to reveal cards from clue decks to discover WHO murdered the starlet with WHAT weapon WHERE in the city. Like the game Clue, each clue card eliminates one of the possibilities. The dilemma is that in order to investigate and reveal clues, you will need to play evidence cards for their Investigation effect instead of using them in the courtroom to influence the jury. If the Private Eye is able to correctly guess the murderer, weapon and crime scene they will win the game, but they need to make sure that they don't ignore the trial where the chips are stacked against them.

The prosecution represents a vast conspiracy of witnesses trying to frame the private investigator. Their goal is clearly focused on winning the trial and they will do their best to draft and utilize planted evidence in the courtroom. The prosecution will earn Red Herring tokens as they sway and manipulate the jury which they can place on the clue decks to hinder the PI's investigation.

A team of thieves and swindlers have taken the Majestic Casino for all its worth. The suspects were rounded up easy enough, but proving their guilt conclusively will be difficult. The defendants seem overly confident within the court room. Is it just a façade as their scheme crumbles down around them? Or do they have one last trick up their sleeves?

In the Heist case, the prosecution is attempting to convict a majority of the gang responsible for the heist while the defense is doing their best to get as many swindlers exonerated as possible. These defendants are running the long con! Throughout the case they will be dealt double-sided Con cards. Players will be competing to assign these Cons to defendants and flip them to the side that benefits them the most. A defendant's trial is resolved and scored when they complete their long con and are dealt 3 Con cards. It is essential to deal the final Con to the defendant's you're winning to score them. The player who convicts or exonerates the most defendants wins.

Solo Expansion

The Solo Expansion expands on the solo mode in the base game by adding a new solo base deck, a bias die, Automa personality cards, and case-specific card effects that work with every case released thus far. If you're a player looking to get into the nitty gritty of the rules, read on!

The new Solo Base Deck is shuffled together with the drafted case cards for the Automa. All the effects on these cards have been written with solo play in mind. The Automa's procedures act like traps that players will have to work around.

The Automa is further expanded with additional cards that let players build an Automa player. By selecting a Personality card, a Discovery card, and the Questioning card corresponding to the Automa’s role in the selected case, there are tons of unique Automa effects and combinations to explore.
The new Automa rules reduce die rolling and create unique puzzles to work around each witness as players will want to avoid triggering procedures and sidebar abilities that can set them back. Check out our first update for more in-depth look at the solo mode and rules.

Videos and Press Coverage

Check out our playlist on Youtube for even more coverage of Lawyer Up!

Estimated Shipping

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About Rock Manor Games

Game published by Rock Manor Games, owned and operated by Mike Gnade. Learn more at https://rockmanorgames.com or follow us on facebookinstagram, youtube or twitter.
  • Game Design by Samuel W. Bailey and Mike Gnade 
  • Game Development by Samuel W. Bailey and Mike Gnade 
  • Illustrations by Sean Simmons (Vimes art), Vincent Christiaens, JC Grande, Jen Brazas, Lacey James, Abigail Larson, Nabetse Zitro 
  • Cover Illustration by Matt Zeilinger 
  • Graphic Design by Joel Finch 

Risks and challenges

We are fortunate to have gone through the crowdfunding process many times before and have consistently delivered our games to backers before our estimated delivery date. The only risk factor, which can always happen, is a delay in delivery due to unforeseen circumstances like the global shipping crisis and pandemic. Even with this obstacle we delivered our last project (Set a Watch: Swords of the Coin) about a month late.

We pride ourselves on communicating with our backers and impressing them by meeting deadlines and delivering an excellent product. Check out our past projects for samples of our transparency, process, and products.

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