The Turing Test is a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Alan Turing proposed that a human evaluator could determine if a machine had true artificial intelligence based having a conversation with the machine to see if it answered with human-like responses. If you don't know who Alan Turing is, see the movie The Imitation Game.
This card game is based on that premise. In the future, humans and robots co-exist and the lines between man and machinery become more blurred each day. Now it has come to a head and humans wish to eradicate all humanoid robots from the world. Robots, unable to do harm to their human counterparts, try desperately to turn human against human so that they eliminate their threat. Who will win, man or machine? You decide the outcome.
In the game, each player will be either a human or a robot. But their identity will be hidden from the other players. Players must begin to try to learn the identity of the other players so they can use various tools at their disposal to eliminate them. The true twist to the game is that a robot must always tell the truth while a human has the choice to lie. See how that dynamic works in the game by reading the rules below.
1. Take out the 6 character cards.
2. Shuffle them and deal one card to each player face down.
3. Take the remaining 2 character cards and shuffle them back in with the rest of the cards.
4. Deal each player 4 cards face down and place the remaining two cards face down in the middle of the table.
Step 1: Declare your Race (Human or Robot)
A. Choose a character card:
Starting with the person you designate to be the first player, place a character card (either a human or robot card) face down in you. Then announce to the other players if you are a human or a robot.
B. Announcing what you are:
This is important as it determines what types of cards you can play for your action.
Robot - If you play a robot card face down you must be honest and tell everyone you are a robot as robots are programmed to be truthful. Unless you are holding an Emotion Chip card, then can lie and tell everyone you are a human if you want. If you announce you are a robot, you can only play cards with an "R" in the top-right corner.
Human - If you play a human card face down, you can choose to tell everyone you are a human or you can lie and say your a robot. If you announce you are a human, you can only play cards with an "H" in the top-right corner.
Common question: What if I have both a human and a robot card in my hand?
Answer: You can choose to play either card.
C. Take a Stick:
Once you tell everyone who you are, take one matching stick (blue for robot, white for human) and place it on top of your face down character card.
If there are not any sticks left that match your character, you will not have a stick on top of your face down character card and you are therefore "under suspicion". See the rules on being "under suspicion".
Step 2: Take an Action
Starting with the first player, each player can take ONE action. Here are the available actions depending on what you ANNOUNCED as your character:
If you do not have a stick on your character card, you are "under suspicion". No one is sure to believe you are who you say are because there are too many people claiming to be what you claim to be.
What this means for you?
You must show your character card before you attempt to kill another player.
If your character card matches your action card, you successfully kill the other player. For example, you are human and you played a poison card (which is a human action).
If your character card does not match your action card, you must prove that you have a way to still use that action card in order to kill the other player. There are two scenarios:
- You are a robot with an emotion chip.
- You have another character card in your hand that matches the action type.
If you cannot prove you have a way to use that action card, you are killed and your cards go to player you were trying to kill.
When you are killed give all of your non-character cards to the player that killed you. Then discard all of your character cards to a discard pile. Discard a stick for each character card that is removed from the game (one blue stick for each robot and one white stick for each human). Those sticks can no longer be used when announcing characters.
The game is over when there is only one type of race alive: either humans or robots. If there are only humans left, there can be only one left alive before the game ends.
This means it is possible for two robots to win, one robot to win or one human to win.