Card Game News, May, 2013

Card Game News

Here is the latest news in the world of card games and playing cards, for the month of May 2013:

Bohnanza: Video Review

Bohnanza"This great card game is about planting, trading, and selling beans. Players try to collect large sets of beans to sell for gold. There is limited growing space and always new beans to plant. To avoid planting unwanted beans, players trade them to other players who want them for their bean fields." [link]

Bohnanza makes bean farming fun! The game has 11 bean varieties which is enough for seven players, yet also works great for as few as two. Play Bohnanza

Magic: the Gathering -- Grandaddy of CCG

Magic: the Gathering"Magic: the Gathering was first published in 1993 and has continued to expand immensely for the past 20 years. It's estimated that the game has over 17,000 different cards! It's definitely the grandaddy of the Collectible Card Game (CCG) genre. Magic: the Gathering is a popular trading card game with almost a cult following. The game has a basic shell of rules, mainly being that each opponent starts out with 20 life points, and the object of a match is to deplete the opposing player's life points." [link]

Critical Review: Pixel Tactics

"Pixel Tactics is a head-to-head game of tactical combat for two players. Each player has an identical deck of 25 cards, from which they draft a leader. The leader's abilities alter vastly the strategy and playability of every other card in the deck, making the game playable in 25 different ways." [link]

New Playing Cards Posted at Patra's Swap Cards Collection

Patra's Swap Cards CollectionGina asks, Is anyone still out there?: "I think I've done my dash this time....left it far too long for any of the original readers to stay with me. I've made a final ditch effort, and have been photographing the rest of my cards, ready to post here on a regular basis, but if nobody is left to read it, I won't bother! Most people seem to have gone on from blogging to Facebook these days, but I won't be going there." She's recently posted up some cat cards and horse cards, and has additional collections in the queue. If you're interesting in seeing some great old cards, follow Patra's Swap Cards Collection!

Conundrum Game Review

Conundrum"Conundrum, while certainly not scoring high marks with the Gamer Geek elitists, did exceptionally well with the Child and Parent Geeks, including the non-gamers and the more traditional card players. The games are fast, fun, and best of all, challenging. The amount of tension that is in the air each round can be measured exponentially as the game progresses. More times than not, games are close and the difference between first place and second is only a few points. I am very pleased with Conundrum. I wouldn't bring it to a Gamer Geek elitists night or to a gathering of gamers, but I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it to family and friends, pack it with me on a trip to the lake, or to bring to a dinner party. The game is wonderfully simple to teach and a great deal of fun to play." [link]

Love Letter Review

Love Letter"In Love Letter, you start with a card in your hand. On each turn, you draw a card, discard a card, and you obey the text of the discarded card. I enjoy the game and will probably continue playing it as a filler in between other games -- after all, when I can play a couple of rounds of Love Letter in the time that it takes my friends to clean up after their game, then I think we have found a great 'filler' game." [link]

Play Love Letter

The Kingdoms of Crusaders -- Let's Crusade!

Kingdoms of Crusaders"Kingdoms of Crusaders is nice and simple card game about collecting groups of same symbols. Game itself tells us story about gathering army at the right places, wining battles for justice and gaining greatest power in the surrounding provinces. Who collects most power, may be declared as the ruler and will worship only God. Kingdoms of Crusaders presents non-demanding card game and quick match, which will really entertain you for some time." [link]


Tribbit"It is a race, of course. The first player to find five sets of similarly-traited frogs calls, naturally, 'Tribbit,' and wins two Tribbit tokens. Since you only need five Tribbit tokens to become the Tribbit winner, a game rarely lasts longer than three rounds and there are more than enough undealt cards for a second game. Designed by Hank Atkins, and brought to us by Mindware, Tribbit is a game for two to six players. It's almost as much fun to play by yourself, or with only two people, as it is to play with six. You probably should be more than seven years old to experience yourself as a truly competitive Tribbiter." [link]

Play Tribbit

Moby Dick, the card game

Moby Dick, the card game"Thanks to Kickstarter, Melville's classic may become the next 'Magic: The Gathering'. The game is played with three decks, representing 'The Sea,' 'The Sailor,' and 'The Whale,' respectively, and in these contain all that happens to the Pequod crew in Melville's story, as well as all of the characters. It's likely, and I hope I am not spoiling an over 160-year-old book here, that you may not make it back from your encounter with the White Whale. Yet the last to survive will earn the privilege to anoint themselves Ishmael." [link]

Teens use card game to connect young people to seniors

Bridging The Gap Card"These entrepreneurs became passionate about finding a solution for loneliness among seniors upon hearing an alarming statistic on the evening television news. 'Ten seniors every week try to commit suicide,' said Jeevan Vasdani, 12. 'We realized that could be our grandparents.' The team developed 'Bridging the Gap,' a toolkit that aims to build understand amongst two generations that don't have a lot in common. It uses cards with questions about culture and history to spark meaningful conversation." [link]

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