Public Defenders!


“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right… to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”


Office of the Public Defender is a turn based game where you are one of several public defenders. The office has a list of clients to disburse to all public defenders, running from the people accused of misdemeanor 1 stars up to the real serious 5 stars. You want to push the most difficult clients onto the other public defenders, get plea deals for others, and figure out which clients you have time to research their case. The client list that you receive sees you competing the district attorney, where you fight in the court of law to determine who’s argument is most persuasive and seeing who is the best public defender!

Game Story Summary

You are a mild mannered public defender who tries to represent those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Yet as the cases pile on, you find it increasingly difficult to manage the workload. Now you are in a race against time to properly represent as many of your clients as you can.


Ever since you were a little, justice has been your calling. You fight for those who are too poor, ensuring the that due process is followed for every man, woman, and child.


You want to keep the number of stars clients who were found guilty to a minimum.


Each player is assigned a Public Defender role.

Each player receives as many Actions as defined by their role.

For each player, 10 clients are lined up.

The Game

One player is chosen at random to be the head of the line. The game is played in turns, in clockwise order with the following phases:

  1. Receive as many Actions as defined by their role.
  2. Play as many Actions as defined by their role.
  3. Resolve Actions immediately.

End of Round

Once all player’s have performed their actions, the court date approaches. The line of clients are assigned out to each player, starting with the player at the head of the line and progressing clockwise.

Each player compares their defense score, plus any modifiers, against the client’s district attorney score, plus any modifier, and determines if the client has been found guilty or not guilty.

For each guilty client, the player notes down the number of stars, minus any modifiers, that represented the crime the client was accused of.

Finally the head of the line is moved, one player to the left.

End of game

Once all players have been head of the line, the game is over. Each player declares the number of stars that they have accumulated and the winner is the player with the lowest number of stars.