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Store:  Strategy Games, Card Games
Edition:  Who Stole Ed's Pants?
Theme:  Humorous
Format:  Card Games

Who Stole Ed's Pants?

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 60 minutes 3-4

Designer(s): Jim Doherty

Publisher(s): Eight Foot Llama

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Product Description

Never one to clamor for attention, Ed was happy to ignore the embarrassing theft of his pants and just climb into bed.

But today, he awakens to find that word of the crime is all over town, and everyone is eager to point fingers. Rumors are flying. Wild accusations are made at the drop of a hat. And the police will arrest anyone just to quell the uproar.

You need to make sure the mobs don't come after you. Better yet, plant some evidence on your friends and drop hints as to their less-than-stellar character. Anything goes, because in all the excitement, no one has even bothered to ask Ed the details of the crime. If you can keep your own record clean, you might even become the hero for turning in the thief of Ed's pants!

But you'll need supporters to back you up. Fortunately, there's plenty of townsfolk who owe you favors and government officials who need allies. Plus, the circus is in town. Choose your friends wisely, because the wrong acquaintances can make you a target for others....

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Product Information

  • Designer(s): Jim Doherty

  • Publisher(s): Eight Foot Llama

  • Year: 2001

  • Players: 3 - 4

  • Time: 60 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 275 grams

  • Customer Favorites Rank: #87


  • 95 full color playing cards
  • 4 laminated player mats
  • 14 glass gaming stones
  • rules sheet

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.8 in 8 reviews

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Played once, we all disliked it
November 29, 2004

Consider this a warning that you should not always trust the "Current Bestsellers" list at Funagain; look for ratings, and check Board Game Geeks. I bought this game as a family game for Christmas 2003, due to its position on this list (a bestseller at the time), its theme and category, and the cute title. I suspect there were lots of others like me who saw it on the bestseller list and got it (so continuing the cycle), as the game was relatively inexpensive and it sounded like a reasonable family game.

My family and I played it once, we never tried it again. All I recall is that the rules made for somewhat tortuous play: do this, don't do that. Lots of mechanics, not a lot of decision- making. If my memory was better, I could explain more why we disliked it so. As it is, I'm giving it two stars only because I do not recall and do not want to play it again to remember.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Rob
Extremely dynamic frame your friends card game.
December 23, 2002

The first thing I have to say is that I had to read the instructions several times and then try to explain what I read to the other players which took up more time than I would have cared... but...

Once we got through our first few rounds, the mechanics of the game popped into place and it was soon apparant how beautifully dynamic this game truly is.

Once players are comfortable with the numerious options (change the facts, upgrade the reliability of your witness, plant evidence on your opponents, etc.) gameplay is rather quick. I would estimate that the average length of a typical game is 20-40 minutes.

Of course this is all controlled by the players themselves as ending the game is a matter of exhausting any of 3 different piles of cards.

Lots of variety and a dominating theme of backstabbing and treachery make this one of the top games in my 'screw-your-buddy' category of games.

Please help me get my pants back
December 08, 2002

I have had it with people stealing my pants. I know one of you did it and I am going to lock you away... or perhaps I did it for the insurance money.

Who Stole Ed's pants is an amusing game of incriminating your 'friends' to protect yourself. At first glance it may seem to be a light hearted good time game. However, when this game is coupled with a few scheming friends it becomes very strategic.

The game consists of several types of cards score mats and glass counters, which was a surprise as the packaging is very small. The cards are high quality with some interesting artwork.

With most games of this nature, the level of fun depends on whom you are playing with. If people sit back and don't really take part, it becomes little fun. If you friends are the type that would actually steal your pants and all deny it. You will have an excellent time.

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Jim Doherty
November 18, 2001

Despite its light theme, WSEP is very much a strategy game. Players are trying to frame each other for the theft of Ed's pants while keeping their own apparent guilt at a minimum. In a 4-person game, players will win or lose along with their partner, while in a 3-person game it is everyone for themselves.

The crime is described by three categories: When it happened, Where it happened, and Who the thief resembled. Players plant evidence on each other in each of these categories. In addition, they can change the focus of the police investigation so that certain evidence cards are the most damaging. The idea of course is to keep the police more interested in your opponents than yourself.

These actions can only be taken, however, if your own supporters have sufficient credibility. Each player has three witnesses on their team, one per crime category. The credibility of these witnesses can be altered, or the witnesses themselves replaced, through card play.

As such, players have a lot of options in advancing their position, but they may only perform one action per turn. After two scoring rounds, the guiltiest player is arrested for the theft, while the most innocent player claims victory for identifying the thief.

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