Cheese! deck

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Designers VTBassMatt, Geoff Zelenka, Rachael Ramsey, Michael Ziray, Jeremy Fried, Katie Pehowski, Christy Cooper
Date 19th April 2007
Players 2-7
This is a playable deck - it's finished, tested and ready to play.
To play Dvorak: Draw five cards each and leave the rest as a draw pile. On your turn, draw a card from the draw pile and play one Thing and/or one Action. (See the full rules.)
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Oh no! You're throwing a party, and the guests will be here soon. Find four cheeses and three other foods to feed them or they'll be mad!


When you draw these cards, you should include a witty or amusing picture between the title and the type of the card. Many cards lend themselves well to this sort of thing.

Feel free to remove, rename, or drastically alter the Partygoer Actions. They are somewhat self-referential to the party where this deck was invented and may not make sense for your gathering.

Rules created by the New Rule Action become permanent members of your Special Rules set for your deck. Please post interesting ones on the Talk:Cheese! deck page, but don't edit our canonical deck here.

Special Rules

  • You may play cards onto other players or their personal area. Most cards make it clear who legal victims are.
  • When any player amasses four cheeses and three other foodstuffs (crackers, beverages, etc.), s/he immediately wins the game.
  • Turns include a new phase before the draw phase. This is the Barter phase. The player may propose and carry out any sort of trade (goods, services, etc.) with any player.
  • When a player plays a cheese Thing for the first time in the game, s/he must read its caption in a dramatic voice before the end of his/her turn. Otherwise, s/he must discard the cheese.
  • Optional rules if the game moves too quickly or slowly:
    • A simple majority of players may vote to raise or lower the number of cheeses or other foodstuffs required to win.
    • The Refrigerator protects only a single cheese in play, not all of a player's cheeses.

Card List

Nacho Cheese
Thing - Cheese
Thing - Cheese
Thing - Cheese
Goes great on pizza!
Cream Cheese
Thing - Cheese
Philadelphia is in Pennsylvania.
Monster Muenster
Thing - Cheese
Scarily good.
Thing - Cheese
This cheese has HOLES!
Pinball Cheez Whiz
Thing - Cheese
He sure plays a mean pinball.
Thing - Cheese
A hunk-a creamy cheese for you :)
Thing - Cheese
This is a round cheese.
Goat Cheese
Thing - Cheese
Baahh!! (editors note: confused goat)
Thing - Cheese
Bland, but aged.
Thing - Cheese
Hot stuff ;)
Taco Cheese
Thing - Cheese
Add more cheese to that taco!
Vermont Cheddar
Thing - Cheese
Cheddar Cheddar
Thing - Cheese
Action: Anyone with a non-English Cheddar in play must discard it.
Real cheese comes from England.
Bleu Cheese
Thing - Cheese (moldy)
There is no caption on this cheese.
Thing - Cheese (moldy)
Moldy Cheese
Thing - Cheese (moldy)
Special: Destroy one cheese you have in play. This card counts as two Thing - Cheese (moldy).
Can't even tell what kind it is!
Thing - Spoilage
Play this card on another player's cheese. That cheese does not count towards their victory while this card is in play. May not be played on a moldy cheese. When this card leaves play, whatever cheese it was last attached to counts as a moldy cheese.
Thing - Cracker
Only counts towards victory if you control 5 cheeses.
Thing - Cracker
Iss hawd to tawk wif my mouf full of cwackuss.
Thing - Cracker
Ritz it up.
Thing - Cracker
When this comes into play, choose one of your cheeses in play. That cheese now counts double.
Cheese and Crackers
Thing - Cracker
Counts as both a food and a cheese. Cannot be targeted by actions which target Thing - Cheese.
Thing - Beverage
Fru-fru Expensive Beer
Thing - Beverage
You can barely afford this beer: discard one of your cheeses when you play it.
Thing - Beverage
Does not count as a food unless you have Brie, Gouda, or Swiss in play.
Thing - Food
Counts as both a food and a cheese. May be targeted by actions which target cheeses.
Tortilla Chips
Thing - Food
Does not count towards your food requirement unless you have Nacho Cheese or a melted cheese in play.
Thing - Food
Counts as both a food and a cheese. May be targeted by actions which target cheeses.
Thing - Food
Worth three foods, but only if you also have Ritz in play. Otherwise, counts as zero foods.
Thing - Food
Thing - Food
Shells, most likely.
Protects your cheeses from the effects of any spoilage.
Powdered Cheese Mix
If you have Water in play, this counts as a cheese.
Counts as a cheese if you have Macaroni in play.
When this card comes into play, choose one of your cheeses in play. As long as this card remains in play, that cheese is protected from any spoilage.
Lactose Intolerance
Select a player who must discard all in-play cheese. If you have any cheese in play, select one to lose to spoilage.
Select one of your cheeses to melt. Melting does not remove it from play.
Cheese Wiz
Choose one of your cheeses in play. This no longer counts as a cheese; instead, it counts as a food.
Spoiled Cheese
Select a victim player. Select one of his/her cheeses; this cheese is lost to spoilage. If that player has a Rodent in their hand, they must also discard it. Cannot target moldy cheese.
Make a copy of any food or cheese in play and put it into play under your control.
Cheese Bandit
Take one food or cheese from another player's control and put it into your hand.
May be played immediately, not just on your turn. Still counts as your action for your next turn. When someone plays Cheese Bandit, you may confiscate the evidence. The food or cheese they stole goes into your hand instead.
Turn a Matzo you control into Bread, which does not have the 5-cheese restriction.
Cheese Grater
Turn any cheese in play into two identical cheeses. Cannot target melted cheeses.
Steal one cheese from another player and put it into play under your control.
Add a generic food item to your control, but lose your next turn due to hangover.
Cheese Spreader
For each cracker you control, double the cheese value of one cheese you control.
Partygoer Matt
Matt eats a player's cheese. Choose any cheese under anyone's control to discard.
Partygoer Jeremy
One cheese under anyone's control becomes a Coconut instead. This counts as a food.
Partygoer Katie
Katie shows up, gets drunk, and eats half of someone's cheese. Round down--she's small.
Play immediately, not just on your turn. Counts as your action for your current or next turn. Reverse the last action that targeted you or something you control; play it on the original action's controller.
Reverse Card
Play immediately, not just on your turn. Counts as your action for your current or next turn. Reverse the last action that targeted you or something you control; discard it.
Each player needs to count how many Things they have in play. Do not count Things which are attached to other Things (like Mold). Instead, remember which Thing they target. Collect all in-play Things from all players, shuffle them, and redistribute them so that each player has the same number they originally had. Finally, determine who got each targeted Thing and reattach the effect Things (so if Player A had Feta with a Mold card, now that Player B has Feta, that Feta is still Mold-y).
To The Left
All players pass all played cards to the player on their left. Editors note: when this card was created, its picture was a huge arrow that pointed to the right. Not sure why.
Dumpster Diving
Root through the discard pile and take any card of your choice into your hand. If it is a Thing, you may play it this turn as your Thing.
Take anyone's played Thing card and place it into play under your control.
New Rule
Starting with you and moving in the opposite direction to how you take turns, each player may add a rule without requiring a vote, or may veto any rule which has been proposed because of this card. When the last player has made or vetoed a rule, you receive one more veto if you desire (even if you already made a rule at the beginning).