Card Game News, April, 2013
Here is the latest news in the world of card games and playing cards, for the month of April, 2013:
UNO: The TV Show?
"Not only is there going to be an UNO TV show...there's going to be TWO shows based of the popular card game. One of them will be a half-hour show with a $100,000 prize. The other will be an hour long show with a cool 1 million dollar prize." [link]
Set: Game of Quick Visual Recognition
"It's a hit with some and playing multiple rounds or multiple times brings a lot of enjoyment. But for others, they may play once in a while, but will leave it at that. So if you're looking for a style of card game that's a good departure from other cards games you have on hand and tests your visual recognition skills, give Set a try." [link]
Utah bridge club spans six decades of card playing
"A group of Salt Lake County women have routinely gathered together to play bridge, some for almost 60 years. The long-standing habit perhaps has contributed to their mental keenness, well-being and longevity. 'We play for big money,' Holladay resident Leah Hilton grinned of the quarters and nickels the winners haul home at the end of the day." [link]
Card games teach strategy, patience, civility
"Playing cards helps teach children to be civil to each other, patient and win or lose graciously besides teaching math and strategies. Keep a few decks of playing cards in your car and home so they are always handy. Card playing goes across generations and any game can be simplified for preschool children." [link]
"Snake Oil" Card Came Will Cure What Ails Ya!
News on a new card game from Out of the Box Publishing: "In Snake Oil, one player chooses a customer card and acts as the customer for the round. The remaining players combine two of the cards from their hands to create an item to sell to that customer. The outlandish sales pitches easily spark laughter from everyone playing." [link]
Omen: A Reign of War Review
"In Omen, the players are in the midst of a mythological war that seems to be set in ancient Greece. They are struggling to accomplish feats and overtake a few war-torn cities by using Soldiers, Oracles, and Beasts (such as Satyrs, a Phoenix, and Minotaurs). Overall, I give Omen: A Reign of War a 7.0/10." [link]
Drop Site Review
"Drop Site, the winner of the Premio Archimede 2010 Carta Mundi special prize for best card game, is a game about coordinating humanitarian aid shipments. As parachutes of aid drift (quickly) to the ground, players must do their best to predict where aid shipments will land. Players score points for every card (aid shipment) they are able to accurately predict by the end of the round. Drop Site is fast-playing, intuitively strategic, professionally manufactured, and easy to teach and learn." [link]
Timeline Card Game Review
"Timeline: Diversity is a card game played using 110 cards. Each card depicts a historical event on both sides, with the year in which that event occurred on only one side. Players take turns placing a card from their hand in a row on the table. After placing the card, the player reveals the date on it. If the card was placed correctly with the date in chronological order with all other cards on the table, the card stays in place; otherwise the card is removed from play and the player takes another card from the deck." [link]
Hearthstone - the collectible card game that could convert you
"Ultimately, Blizzard says it wants to create a collectible card game that 'doesn't require a friend to get into.' I can't speak for CCG veterans, who may find Hearthstone plays it safe, but based on my few rounds I found its easy-to-understand rule set, quick pace and free-to-play model certainly make it a welcoming low-level commitment for people who may otherwise enjoy card games but don't want to spend the time or money to get into them." [link]
Card Game Violence
It's always disturbing to read about violence that occurs during card games: Woman Bites Off Part of Boyfriend's Ear Over Card Game, Man killed while playing 'tong-its', Charge in Jacksonville card game killing, and so on. Of course, the card game is not usually the underlying cause of the violence, but still, it always seems strange that an innocent game, played for fun, can end up going so wrong...
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