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A banquet on a sinking ship can't last forever, but there's just enough time to prove yourself the most fabulous rat aboard! Each round you’ll be scavenging for supplies and competing with your honorable host in a most delightful competition of dishes and decorations - all the while forgetting that the ship is sinking beneath you!

Download the game here, or visit this page for half of your purchase to go to environmental charity - let’s make our cardboard addiction a more sustainable hobby together!

RATS: High Tea at Sea is a print & play, roll & write boardgame for 2-6 players that’s playable over the internet, in the same room, or a combination of the two! It is preposterously easy to learn and teach, but has sneaky twists and turns that will reveal themselves every time you play - a lovely little treat for whoever fancies climbing aboard.

Designed by: Josh DeBonis (Killer Queen, Dice Miner) & Eric Zimmerman (Diner Dash, Quantum)
Illustrated by: Lucie Ebrey
Graphic Design & Art Direction by: Matt Lees
Published by: Shut Up & Sit Down 

All you need to play is your own copy of the RATS sheet, a way to chat and preferably see your friends (zoom, skype, discord, etc.), 2 six-sided dice (or you can politely ask another player to roll for you, or use a website), and a pencil (pen if you're really tough!) Players without a printer can even use a blank sheet of paper to quickly create their player sheets.

Click Download Now to get the rulebook and player sheets for free, or donate to support the Rats team, and maybe this will become the start of something beautiful!

Thanks for supporting us, we hope you really enjoy this little thing we spent far too much time and love on. If you like it, tell a friend! We'll get through this year together <3


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

RATS - High Tea at Sea - Rulebook.pdf 20 MB
RATS - High Tea at Sea - Sheet.pdf 4 MB


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My Daughter will love this.. she's into Rats :) Gonna have her and I try this, this coming weekend for game night. TY for such an awesome looking game.

this looks so nice, well-designed! does the cover come in color like here on the Itch banner? would love to see it in a future release. thanks for all your hard work <3


Can i help getting this translated to german. I made a crude Version in german with paint but i would love to help that this gets a proper german version


Had a play of this last night - really good fun


The illustrations are awesome! I Can't wait to bring this to the table!

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Love the game. Great fun in person and on zoom. 

Just want to say I think there’s an error in the example on pg 4. It says Ratface has 5 flowers and decides to make a dish, but the accompanying picture labels it as Victoria’s sheet. 

Hope that helps. Thanks again. 


please provide a colored version. i'm thinking about laminating the sheets so colored version would be nice.


I would really like to pay for this game, however, I only use PayPal online. Any chance that option would be available?


Great game! Love the balancing and clever theming. I've only played it as 2 but feels like it'd be wonderful with more, and with the Vocations.

The Last Turn section of the rules clarifications refers to the Coziest even though the options call it the Plush. There's also a typo or two in the larger text but nothing confusing. Great work!


I love the flair and posturing the rules encourage. The bit about hats is really quite good.


Adorable! Can't wait to give this a roll!