Crazier Eights Glossary

Crazier Eights uses terminology that should be understood in a certain way. This glossary defines the terminology that is used.

ally – A player who is part of your team. If you or an allied player wins, then you both win. If either of you loses the game, you both lose the game.

card back – The back of the cards are all the same and no information about the card is provided on the back of the card.

color – There are four different colors of cards: yellow, red, blue, and green. Each color of card also has a different suit shown on the upper right-hand side of the card.

control – A card that is in play on the table is controlled by the player who played it unless another player gains control of it. Whoever controls a card does whatever is stated on it, but some cards have the same effect on all players. Continue reading

The Rules of Permanents

I have recently been thinking about how permanents are one of the more complex parts of the game. For example, someone played the game who thought you could destroy a permanent card that’s in a player’s hand. You are only supposed to be able to destroy a permanent that’s in play on the table (and is no longer in a player’s hand for that reason). I am now thinking it might be a good idea to rephrase some of the cards to help make it easier to understand how permanents work.

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Wording/Templating

One issue when making a game is how to word card text in a consistent way. Magic: the Gathering has a card that says, “Target player draws three cards.” Some people find that confusing. What’s a target?

I used the target template for early versions of Crazier Eights, but I decided that it was more confusing than it needed to be. Now I say things like “A player of your choice draws three cards.” However, another option is to simplify things a bit more. The card could just say “A player draws three cards.” The “of your choice” way of phrasing things might not be necessary and can make the wording a little less elegant. Which way of phrasing cards do you prefer?

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