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The Bottle Imp (1995)

Average Rating: 6.76/10
Board Game Rank: 795
Strategy Game Rank: 455
Family Game Rank: 172
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Year Published
1995
# of Players
3 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Mechanic
Primary Name
The Bottle Imp
Alternate Names
De Bezeten Fles
Le Diable dans la Bouteille
Flaschenteufel
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In this trick-taking game based on the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson of the same name, the goal is to gain the most points over a series of hands (usually the goal is set to 200 pts). Cards are numbered 1-37 and are found in three colors, red (comprising largely the highest numbers), blue (mostly in the middle) and yellow (mostly the lowest numbers) with colors being analogous to the suit in a standard deck. There is one neutral card, the 19, that sets the "price of the bottle."

The entire deck is dealt to the three or four players in the game and then, similarly to hearts, cards are exchanged and a card is played to the bottle. As per the usual elements of a trick taking game, players must follow suit if possible with high card taking the trick (regardless of suit). The unique feature about this game however is how trump is determined. Any card of value lower than the current price of the bottle (starting with 19) is considered "trump" and will win the trick. If multiple cards are less than the current bottle price, the card valued closest to the current price (so highest card below the bottle) takes the trick AND THE BOTTLE, the bottle price is adjusted by the player taking the card that represents the current bottle price and replacing it with the card they used to win the trick. Thus the price of the bottle will decrease with each trump card played, and the bottle is increasingly harder to win/purchase. Ownership of the bottle will pass from player to player and the number of possible trump cards will decrease both as a factor of cards being played and cards being skipped as the bottle price descends. One player will be stuck with the bottle at the end of a hand (when players have played all the cards in their hands).

Cards have point values from 1-6 (not directly based on numerical value), at the end of the hand players will score points for the cards of tricks they've won, except the player who holds the bottle who will score NEGATIVE points for all the cards played to the bottle at the beginning, scoring nothing for the cards they won during the hand. Play continues until the point goal is reached.

In the 2003 edition the complete story by R.L. Stevenson http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/bottlimp.htm is included (in both English & German) and the bottle is a nice wooden piece. Earlier versions had a stand-up cardboard piece that you cut out.

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The Bottle Imp
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Z-Man Games edition
Publisher: Z-Man Games
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Year: 2010
Product Code: ZMG 4066
Size: 2-deck card box (e.g. Coloretto)
0.25 pounds
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University games Dutch edition
Publisher: University Games
Artist: Carsten Fuhrmann
Year: 2005
Product Code: 08841
Size: 6.69 x 4.33 x 2.36 inches
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University Games French edition
Publisher: University Games
Artist: Carsten Fuhrmann
Year: 2005
Product Code: 08840
Size: 7.05 x 4.45 x 2.56 inches
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University Games Dutch/French with Jaar 2005 logo Edition
Publisher: University Games
Artist: Carsten Fuhrmann
Year: 2005
Product Code: 08841
Size: 7.09 x 4.49 x 2.60 inches
0.77 pounds
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Flaschenteufel
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Bambus German / English Edition
Publisher: Bambus Spieleverlag
Artist: Carsten Fuhrmann
Year: 2003
Size: 7.05 x 4.41 x 1.57 inches
0.50 pounds
English, German
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0 The Bottle Imp - Quick Rues
This is a 1-page distilled write-up of the rules. I use it when teaching the game to new players. It is best used as a supplementary guide along with the rulebook.
English
2015-07-04
2 Connect-the-dots: Our favourite card from The Bottle Imp
For the 9th anniversary of our gaming club, we made a booklet with connect-the-dots, colouring pages, jokes, ... withing the game-theme. This is a connect-the-dots made from our favourite Bottle-Imp card.
English
2015-03-09
4 concise reference sheet by hecose
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game. If you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made (>200), a complete set is available at my boardgame blog, http://hiewandboardgames.blogspot.com/2010/12/concise-reference-sheets.html
English
2011-12-25
0 The Bottle Imp Korean Rules
The Bottle Imp rules in Korea. It is based on the rules of Bambus edition, and does not contain the parts for 2 players.
Korean
2011-08-17
33 English Rules for Flaschenteufel from Bambus Spieleverlag
Uploaded with permission from Günter Cornett of Bambus Spieleverlag
English
2009-08-01
10 Falschenteufel en español
Rules in spanish - Reglas en español
Spanish
2008-01-12
3 Flaschenteufel - Guia Rápido de Regras em PORTUGUÊS
Quick rule guide in PORTUGUESE for Flaschenteufel (guia rápido de regras em PORTUGUÊS em formato A4)
Portuguese
2007-12-25
13 Flaschenteufel.doc
Rules Summary (with separate rules for 2-player variants)
2006-06-23
0 Flaschenteufel ITArules - ver. 2.pdf
Regolamento in italiano.
2005-09-27
8 Flaschenteufel_Ausscheiden.jpg
First Edition Teufel that you can print out and cut up
2005-05-14
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