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2009
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If you are interested in short filler card or board games, or portable boardgames to bring along on travel trips, then the Rainbow Deck is for you! It is basically a 100-games-in-1 cardgame system.

The Rainbow Deck (RD) is a cardgame system that has a total of 162 cards. There are 12 suits with each suit having 13 ranks, and 6 Joker cards. The suits are represented by both colour and number. The ranks are from 0 to 9, J to K. The cards also numbered from 0 to 119, and have letters from A to Z.

The RD can be adapted to play a variety of modern designer games, like what a deck of playing cards does for traditional cardgames. The difference is that the RD has 8 more suits, numbers from 0 to 119 as well as alphabet letters, thus it is most suitable for playing abstract games that require numbers, colours or letters. It can also be used by game designers as components in their own prototype games. Players can also combine the RD with other boardgames with components having colours, numbers or letters to form new games!

The RD can be complemented by 6 colours x 27 chips, 6 coloured dice and 6 coloured pawns/meeples. This allows playing of cardgames that require chips, dice or pawns. The chips can be marked using permanent markers with the corresponding values on one side. Also, the cardbacks have a 2x2 checkerboard pattern and they can be used to form boards which, together with the chips and pawns, can be used to play a variety of abstract games.

Decks that the RD can be mapped into

  • Sequence of numbers of 0 to 119
  • Letters with values similar to Letter Head
  • 12 suits (colour/number) x 1-13 values
  • 6 suits (icon) x 1-23 values (2x10+3)
  • 6 suits (icon) x 2 copies of 1-13 values
  • 12 suits (colour/number) x 2 copies of 1-6 dice values
  • 6 suits (icon) x 4 copies of 1-6 dice values
  • 6 suits (icon) x 26 letter cards
  • n * 26 letter cards + rare letter cards
  • 1 copy x value 1,..., 12 copies x value 12(Q), 13 copies x value 13(K+joker)
  • Double-Nine domino set x 2 copies


Rainbow Deck - Reinventing the playing cards!


"Interesting idea. Could spawn ideas for several new card games." -monteselu

"An excellent accessory. While the deck's hybrid design often makes it not quite the perfect tool for the job, it's a good tool for so *many* jobs that it's got a permanent place in my traveling game box. I especially like the Rainbow Deck Deluxe, which greatly expands the number of available games." -timstellmach

"What intrigues me about the Rainbow Deck is that it's the first project of its kind that I've seen the boardgaming community show much enthusiasm for. Thus, there is some hope that people may use it and it will stick around long enough to become some kind of standard." -rwhe

"The amount of thought that has gone into the design of this deck is amazing." -ryanker

"I just ordered mine, this is an awesome idea...It's like a Swiss Army Knife of card game systems." -chad78

"I love this deck, such a novel idea!" -Rutibex

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Discussion thread can be found in the Board Game Design forum here
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/453565

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4 Rainbow Deck Introduction
Rainbow Deck 3.0 Introduction
English
2012-06-22
13 RD Mapped Games
RD mapped games v2.2. Total 274 games mapped. Uploaded in xls format for easy filtering.
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2011-09-24
9 Rainbow Deck images
Rainbow Deck v2.0 Artscow images
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2010-06-11
8 Rainbow Deck Nandeck code and images
RD 3.0 nandeck code
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2010-04-27
6 Zodiac Pictures
Zodiac Pictures (for card face) in SVG format with rainbow deck colors
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2009-11-26
7 Zodiac symbols.
Zodiac symbols in SVG format with rainbow deck colors
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2009-11-26
3 Rainbow Deck Tuckbox
Rainbow Deck Tuckbox v1.12. Made to contain cards made from 250gsm cardstock using the website http://www.cpforbes.net/tuckbox/tuckbox.cgi
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2009-11-07
27 Rainbow Deck pdf
Rainbow Deck 3.0 - Use crowns instead of tears. - Use uno-like colour bars. - Put only card value with shadow at card center. - Put letter and values in light-grey font at top-right corner. - Put card value at bottom-left corner so that the top-left and bottom corner can be used as a domino. - Use texture for the colour bars. The texture themes are earth,water,day, night,natural,synthetic (red,blue,orange,black,green,violet).
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