SPANC: Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls is a card game from Steve Jackson Games illustrated by Phil Foglio for two to four players, who each control a crew of, well, Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls. The object of the game is to be the first crew to collect 10 Loot tokens and/or Poolboy cards. ("Poolboys are of no practical use, aside from housekeeping and footrubs, but they are very good for their owners' morale" says the manual.) The stereotypes of pool boys and other things makes it easier to figure out what they're used for.
The crew is made up of four CatGirls, determined by randomly dealt Crew Cards. Each Cat Girl has four skill ratings on her card: Space Pirate, Amazon, Ninja, and Cat Girl skills (bet you didn't see that coming). Play consists of a series of "Capers," each of which is made up of four challenges from the Challenge Cards. Each crew takes turns attempting the challenges, rolling against the appropriate skill on the Catgirl's card. Some cards add bonuses or penalties to the skill roll. Bonuses can also be applied to the roll if the Catgirl has a Toy Card, or can trade with someone who has an applicable Toy Card. Winning the challenge lets you take Loot tokens and/or Toy Cards.
There are optional rules for Catfights if more than one crew completes all four challenges. Between capers, the crew gets to trade Toy Cards or buy more from the deck with their Loot. Some of the challenges that must be tackled include Locked Vault, Laser Beams of Doom, Ball of Yarn, Catnip Farm, Friendly Guard Puppies, Stuck Airlock, Holiday Crowds, Chinese Finger Trap, Anti-Ninja Spray, and of course fighting off Teenage Boys.
This card game provides examples of:
- BFG: Daphne the Daring. Also the "Biggest Gun" Toy Card.
- Cat Fight: If two or more crews finish a caper in the same round they start PVP skill contests. Space Pirate attacks can steal loot, Amazons knock out opposing crew, Ninjas steal toys, and Catgirls steal poolboys.
- Cat Girl: Its right there in the title. And the art.
- One of the poolboys is a cat boy, the only male of the species to appear in game.
- Catholic School Girls Rule: Fluffball, plus other school-uniform-clad character art.
- Chainmail Bikini: Actually, it's a Camouflage Bikini, which is equally ridiculous.
- Color-Coded Characters: The player tokens are red, yellow, blue, and green. Also, the four skills are consistently colored between the Crew Cards and Challenge Cards.
- Deus Est Machina: The Insane A.I. Challenge Card.
- Distracted by the Sexy: At least half of the Catgirl challenge cards and PVP catfights to lure away poolboys from the opposition.
- Enfant Terrible: The Kittens challenge card shows a not-too-maternal feeling catgirl swarmed by kittens with Jaeger-esque dentition.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: the Shark Pit Challenge Card.
- Faceless Mooks: The Token Mooks card.
- Fanservice: Up to Eleven.
- Fun with Acronyms: The title, obviously and the Designer's Notes in Pyramid Magazine had a Suspiciously Specific Denial concerning the non-existence of an expansion pack called Barbarian Dogboy Space Marines.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: The crew have various colors of fur, including green, orange, yellow, red, purple, pink, and dark blue.
- Just for Pun: Shurikitten.
- Mary Sue: Mary Sue.
- Mistress and Servant Boy: Any crewmember with a Poolboy.
- Ms. Fanservice: Most of the crew are drawn in deliberately suggestive or flirtatious poses and varying states of undressing from their already skimpy outfits. The Poolboys serve as Mr. Fanservice.
- Ninja: Again, see the title.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The crew are all... space pirate amazon ninja catgirls, to varying degrees.
- Pirate Girl: IN SPACE!!
- Red Shirt: The Rent-A-Cops.
- Rule of Cool: The attitude of the story-conceit.
- Rule of Funny: almost all of the Challenge Cards, many of which have trope-like titles.
- Shout-Out: The crewmember named Mystery appears to have a bladed glove suggesting Wolverine or Freddy Krueger. The Toy Card "Stabby Spiky Thing" might be a reference to the "Mr. Pointy" stake from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "Only a Scratch" is, of course, "Tis but a..." And the Sailor Suit Toy Card is obvious. While the Lucky Rabbits Foot looks like it came from one of the giant rabbits Agatha Heterodyne disarmed.
- Space Pirates: Only the first two letters of the title...
- Stripperiffic: Almost all of the Catgirls' outfits.