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Dave Manga Inventor of Silent But Deadly card game

This should come as no surprise - I like playing card games.  In my personal life, I probably spend more time playing card games than board games.

As someone working in the game distribution industry, I tend to view all card games as falling into one of two categories:

  • The first category includes card games that people need to buy in order to play.  These are card games like Silent But Deadly, Killer Bunnies, and Uno.  We like these games in the game distribution world. 
  • The second category includes card games that people can play with a standard deck of 52 playing cards.  As you can imagine, these types of card games really aren’t too popular with those of us in the game distribution world.  Can you imagine if there was some magical kitchen appliance that could replace all of the gadgets in your kitchen, and it only cost $3.99 (or sometimes given away for free at your local casino)!

That is why many companies have designed variations of these traditional card games (i.e. how many companies have designed their own Old Maid card game).

But I have to admit, several of my most frequently-played card games fall into this second category.  Personal favourites include Cribbage, Hearts, Crazy Eights, and Gin Rummy.

I recently picked up the book The Everything Card Games Book by Nikki Katz.  Her easy-to-follow writing style makes learning new card games a cinch.  The book is packed with card games that can be played with a standard deck of cards – from solitary to team card games, and the well-known to the obscure.

I am surprised at how much fun we are having at home learning some of these “new” card games.  So far, my favourite is Oh Hell.  This game is a trick-taking card game where players must guess in advance how many tricks they think they will take with the cards they are dealt.

The reality is, these traditional card games do form the basic game play mechanism that most card games use.  It is important for game inventors to understand what make these traditional games have such longevity.  And does this mean we will be seeing some new card games from Outset Media next year?  We’ll just have to wait and see!