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Do any card games use the tarot trumps (Judgement, The Chariot) in any interesting ways?

I've been doing some reading on the history of the Tarot deck, and I love the complexity of the suits (wands, pentacles) and the trumps (The World, Wheel of Fortune), but every game that uses this ...
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Card game for children [closed]

My nephew is 4 years old. I want to teach him a simple card game (my intention is that in some years he will be able to play bridge). For now, I just want to make him familiar with the cards. What ...
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Bizzaro Playing Cards [closed]

Here’s a problem a friend of mine posed to me a long time ago, that I was recently reminded of. I figured, with modern computing, there might be some way to figure it out: Assume that there are two ...
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When playing Phase 10 with 2 or more players, how do we conclude the hand?

Why keep score for the points if on phase 10 there will be only one winner? I assume as soon as one person lays the phase 10 and goes out first he or she will be the winner regardless of the previous ...
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In Pandante, why is the fine for a failed challenge against a player telling the truth multiplied by the total number of players?

From the rules of Pandante, about resolving the winner of a gambit: When you’re challenged as lying about your poker hand, your two options are: a) keep your hand secret, fold, and pay each ...
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Are There Any Good Tools For Developing CCG Or Other Card Games?

I've been brainstorming a new card game idea for a while, something that could be described as "Cards Against Humanity" meets "Munchkin" but while I mostly have the rules and everything together I ...
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Help identify old advertising card game

Over the weekend I picked up a deck of cards that was originally intended to advertise the 'Page Woven Wire Fence'. Each card has 4 little phrases on it about the company or the product. Each card ...
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What is this game called?

I was recently taught a game with the following rules. Deal 5 cards face down to each player in a line and then 5 cards on top of the face down cards. Then deal 3 cards to each player for their hand. ...
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What classic playing card game has the most complicated (standard) rules dictating the replacement of cards on the table? [closed]

I am intrigued by the idea of cards on the table being randomly replaced from one or another stacks. I'd like to see the 'maxima' of this kind of rule-set. I'm sure that anything ...
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Are cut cards reshuffled in blackjack?

In blackjack, card deck is reshuffled once there are less than 60 to 75 undrawn cards left in the deck. Are these cards included in next shuffle session and then cut again, or are these particular ...
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Is there any configuration of Free Cell that cannot be solved?

When I have free time in small durations, I often play Free Cell on my phone. The app that I use permits unlimited undos, and because of this I currently have a run of 603 wins, with 655 total wins ...
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Space combat game with standard deck of cards

About a year ago I was clicking around on the net and I found someone's personal blog with a description of an invented card game. It was played with a normal deck of cards. Face cards were ships, ...
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Effective way of shuffling small form cards

My shuffling skills leave a lot to be desired, in particular when it comes to small form cards, such as those found in Arkham Horror and number of other Fantasy flight games. What are some effective ...
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Are there any open source card game like magic the gathering? [closed]

I want to create an online card game with fights like magic the gathering or any other mana-health card game. Do you know any card game that is open source and I can use the rules, cards and ...
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What does “poker size cards” mean?

I: I am not sure how many cards can best suit our manufacturing until I know the size of your cards. Customer: I expect the cards will be "poker" size. I: Poker also have different ...
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Where can I get a short run of standard cards with custom backs?

I want to print regular playing cards, with backs that I designed. Does anyone know where I could print a deck of cards for a good price with good quality cards? I only want about 50 to 100 decks to ...
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Making a family card game playable online

My family has a version of "Muggins" that has been handed down from generation to generation (at least 3 generations, maybe more). The rules that we play by are different than other versions that ...
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In the card game “War”, what happens when a player plays their final card in a War?

For the card game War, what happens when a player plays their last card as part of the war? When their last card is the first card of the war (face up), before the three face down cards are dealt ...
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How can I keep Magic foils flat?

Anyone who's collected Magic for a while knows the unfortunate tendency for foils — especially older foils and the heavier promotional foils — to curl up towards the foil side (presumably ...
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How can I prevent players from cheating?

I have created a card game that allows players to advance. The problem is that you can keep your stats until your next game (with anybody else). For the life of me, I can't find out how to be able to ...
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Is this card game found in casinos?

In the paper [1], the authors write "... the problem is equivalent to a card game played in Las Vegas: The cards of a shuffled deck are dealt one at a time and face up. At the same time the ...
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Which program to chose when designing my own cards?

I am working on a prototype of a board game for which I need to design several cards. The cards will have several features like name, picture, text and some additional symbols. I am not sure which ...
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Where to buy bicycle quality custom playing cards

I have the ideas (and graphics) for two decks of cards. Googling I only found two options for creating custom playing cards in the bicycle quality/style that seemed legit. One: custom decks from the ...
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What is the average lifetime of a pack of casino cards?

I've heard that casinos never reuse a pack of cards for some anti-cheating reasons I was never quite able to figure out. Then they do various modifications to mark them as "used" cards (e.g. punch a ...
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Are there any card games that enforce “Dealer's Respect”?

When playing card games like President at school, the dealer often declared "Dealer's Respect", which required that no player pick up their cards before the dealer had finished dealing, because the ...
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Help me identify this card game with secret, changing rules

A while ago, I played this card game with a handful of my friends. We used regular poker cards. We started playing the games without being told the rules. The only thing we were told was that it was ...
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Unique and fun rules for UNO [closed]

I know the regular rules for UNO, but over the years, playing with different people, I hear all kinds of different rules. I've hear different rules when a specific card is played, you and/or everybody ...
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Do card sleeves contain BPA?

Does anyone know if card sleeves commonly contain Bisphenol A (BPA)? And if so, which brands do, and which are BPA free? I would prefer to use BPA-free sleeves if possible. I have not had any luck ...
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Are the card backs identical for Once Upon a Time 2nd and 3rd editions?

I was just about to order Once Upon a Time with the extra blank cards pack, when I found out that a third edition of the game had just been released. Are the card backs the same, so I can mix ...
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English Rules for the card game Belote

There is a card game I used to play when I was in school in the Middle East--which I understand is based on a French game called Belote. Does anyone know of an English set of rules for this game? ...
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Where can I get free tarot cards images to print?

I am looking to download some set/s of tarot cards in order to print them. This needs to be from a free site. Grayscale cards are also acceptable. It would be great if the images are designed ...
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Ben and Mabel (Mable) cardgame? What's the “real” name?

My friends play a game they call "Ben and Mabel". I believe they learned it from their Dutch brother-in-law. This is my memory of playing it. You play with multiple decks mixed together. Maybe two ...
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Containers for decks of small cards?

What sorts of containers have been found to be appropriate for storing large amounts of small cards? For example, in Descent: Second Edition, There are 155 cards which must be stored, and which ...
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What to keep in mind when copying a small card game?

There's an old card game I want, but it's been out of print for 15 years and currently going for >$1000 used. There are just 80 cards in the game, and I've got a friend who does own it. My plan is ...
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Which country's playing cards have CBR as the JQK?

Once 'my friends' played cards with me using playing cards that had CBR as the JQK.. I've always wanted to know why and where the cards originate. Does anyone know? Thanks
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How are jokers colored in decks with more than two jokers?

So, normally you have two jokers, a big joker and a little joker. The big one is sometimes distinguished by being red (or colored). How does it work with decks with 4 or more jokers? Is is supposed to ...
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What is the best way to shuffle a large deck without damaging the cards?

I'm quite familiar with a few methods of cards, primarily Riffling and Mongean* shuffling. The issue I have with those is that the Riffling shuffle tends to bend cards and wear them out, as well as ...
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Where can I find reusable white playing cards for prototyping?

The question title says it all : Where can I find reusable white playing cards for prototyping? I find services online to generate cards but not reusable white cards (that you can write on and erase ...
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What are the proper names for the places where cards are drawn from and discarded to?

Many card games have two sets of cards that aren't in play, but could be: a pile of cards (face down) that you draw from on your turn, and a pile of cards (face up) where you discard any cards ...
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What are the drawbacks of an automatic card shuffler?

I've seen people specifically mention they use automatic shufflers with easily replaceable cards, but what about if it matters if the cards get damaged? What are the drawbacks to using automatic ...
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What is the optimal method to shuffle an organised deck of cards

In a number of games I play there are a play deck and a discard deck (for example Ticket to Ride and Pandemic). The discard deck, by the way the games are constructed, becomes organised as cards are ...
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What's the fastest way to print a card game prototype?

My goal is to minimize the amount of time I have to spend, with a budget of about $40. Also, I'm absolutely terrible at using scissors and glue.
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What is the best way to print cards for my game?

I want to print cards for my game, without using a commercially-available site. Basically, I'm looking for materials I could find in a store. How do I make these cards in a work- and price-efficient ...
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On-Demand Cards Deck printing service?

I'm designing a card-based rpg game and I'm looking for an equivalent to http://lulu.com but for printing online cards on demand. The card would be either playing cards like Magic or similar, or ...
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What is the best resource for Card Trays?

I'm looking for some card trays for a game I've been designing. Ideally, they would be six-slot trays that hold standard playing card sized cards. In my mind, they are similar in appearance and ...
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What is a safe and accurate technique for shuffling cards?

Especially for games which involve frequent card shuffling by multiple players of decks of uneven sizes is there is a technique for shuffling which is quick and easy for everyone to learn yet also ...
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Best set of blank cards

Where can I get a good cheap set of blank cards? Amazon sells them, but it is apparently difficult to get a pen to work on them. In my case I ask because I like bohnanza, but can't tolerate the ...
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What is the best way to clean dirty cards

I have a few frequently played card games where the cards no longer feel "clean". They aren't stained or anything, just a bit grimy. Is there an effective way to clean the cards without damaging the ...