Game Preview: Rick and Morty: The Rickshank Rickdemption Deck-Building Game

By Krystyl Chwa

The following article was written by Matt Hyra, Lead Designer of Rick and Morty: The Rickshank Rickdemption.

This article was first published in the November 2018 issue of Game Trade Magazine.

Are you ready? No, you aren’t ready. You probably don’t know the difference between a Blemflark and a Gromflamite. That is, unless you are one of the millions upon millions of Rick and Morty fans out there!

In the episode “The Rickshank Rickdemption,” the Galactic Federation (where the Gromflamites are the ruling class) tries to get Rick to divulge the plans for his awesome Portal Gun invention. He quickly turns the tables on them, but Seal Team Ricks is dispatched by the Council of Ricks to stop him. Rick takes the ultimate revenge on them by gaining Level 9 Access to the Federation mainframe, and devaluing the Galactic currency from being worth 1 to 0.

Surely, you are aware of the original Rick and Morty deck-building game from Cryptozoic … Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind. Released in 2017, it was a hit right out of the gate. In that game, players each play a version of Rick and seek to take down the Council of Ricks from their high and mighty perch. The game introduced the Location Stack, a separate stack of cards that can be accessed by using Portal Guns, which are also found in a stack of cards, making them readily available. It has a ton of fun and funny cards, since this is Rick and Morty after all …

The Rickshank Rickdemption Deck-Building Game is a standalone game for 2-5 players, but is also fully compatible with the original game. It features just as much humor, IF NOT MORE!!! Back for another round of fun are the Location and Portal Gun Stacks. But the game’s new features are what you’re really here for: Access Tokens and Council cards.

Access Tokens are (as the name suggests) tokens, not cards. There are nine of them to match the Level 9 Access from the episode. Each turn, a player may buy only one at a cost of 2 Power. There are several cards that will allow you to gain these tokens, so players can accumulate them. There are also many cards that will allow you to spend Access Tokens (by placing them back into the buy pool) for various special benefits. One other thing they do is give you the potential to increase the number of Votes you get when a Council card is played.

Making a return appearance is the Council of Ricks, but this time “Council” is a card type in the main deck. Council cards have names you might hear at your local town hall meeting, such as Recycle, Rezone, and Taxation, to name a few. Each Council card causes a Vote to be taken amongst the players. There are three different types of Votes (each card tells you what type it is). A Referendum is a Vote amongst the players to decide if they should all perform the listed action, or not. Typically, some players will be penalized by the action, while others may not suffer at all. A Sanction is a Vote on which player should be punished, typically by having to discard cards or gain some bad cards. Lastly, a Bid is a Vote on who should earn a positive effect. Here, each player Votes only for themselves, and the high bidder gets to perform the positive action.

Each player has 1 inherent Vote, just for being a player in the game. Council cards in hand and Access Tokens you own may be secretly discarded to increase your Vote count. If you or your side doesn’t win, you get your Votes back. It all makes for a crazy amount of interaction and competition. Don’t let another player take a commanding lead on Access Tokens, or they will be able to bluff everyone during Votes, even without spending any tokens.

In addition to Council cards, there is one other new card type: Gromflamite. As the leaders of the Galactic Federation, they control access to their computers. So they are the masters of all things Access Token. The card types from the original game are still here, don’t you worry: Rick, Morty, Special, Location, and Equipment. In this game, players take on the roles of Rick, Morty, or Summer, as they are the main characters in the fight against the Galactic Federation in the episode. There’s actually one more character you can play as, if your store orders now and gets in on the first wave of product, which has the “First Printing – Promo Inside” logo on the box. Players always crave these promo characters. This one especially will be sought after, as it is the first playable Jerry. In the episode’s B-story, Jerry rises quickly in the ranks as a toady to the Galactic Federation. These promos will be as hot a commodity as Szechuan Sauce!


By: Matt Hyra

Matt Hyra has been with Cryptozoic Entertainment for 8 years and has been the lead designer on each of the company’s Rick and Morty games (e.g., Total Rickall and Anatomy Park — The Game). He is also the lead designer of the DC Deck-Building Game line and many others. He lives in Orange County, CA.

krystylchwa's picture Krystyl Chwa

Krystyl is the Marketing Coordinator at Cryptozoic Entertainment. She loves superheroes, sugary snacks, and petting small animals. On most days you'll probably find her watching Netflix with her dog, cooking up new recipes in the kitchen, or playing board games with her friends!