Games with multi-purpose cards
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I was listening to Board Game Babylon episode 22 and they were talking about the multi-purpose cards used in Glory to Rome. I am more familar with San Juan which they said was used to explain it. I was wondering what other games use this.
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1. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:154]
Robert M
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The game they were talking about
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2. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:234]
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The game with this that I know best
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3. Board Game: HellRail: Second Perdition [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:9185]
Robert M
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mentioned on a San Juan list that mentioned the multi-purpose cards that I found when I check for an existing list.
 
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4. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1258]
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another game they mentioned on the show
 
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5. Board Game: Warrior Knights [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:865]
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The fate cards fit the bill
 
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6. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:379]
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The cards are used both as beans, and then as coins, so this might fit the bill...
 
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7. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1536]
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This definitely belongs here.
 
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8. Board Game: Empires of the Middle Ages [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2595]
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The year cards (top left in the picture) are multi-purpose. (The event cards are not.)
 
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9. Board Game: Samurai & Katana [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:7413]
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Most - but not all - cards have two possible purposes.
 
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10. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:116]
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Expedition cards in Goa can be used to perform or modify an action, or drawn to randomly determine the number of settlers that join a colony, or preserved until the end of the game where they give the owner victory points based on how many of a matching set of symbols are collected.
 
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11. Board Game: Siena [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3898]
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(Nearly) All cards are multi-purpose.
 
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12. Board Game: The Stock Car Championship Racing Card Game [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:4069]
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This is one of my favorite games of all time, a game that unfortunately has an undeservedly low rating here on BGG. It is alot of fun, and it is the multi-purpose cards that drive (pardon the pun) the game (each card has four possible uses: lap count, action/reponse, speed rating, or pit stop time). How you manage these different cards given hand and action limits is the key to doing well in the game. The game really sings when you add all the advanced stuff, like green flag/yellow flag pit stops, two-lane racing, tire wear, fuel mileage, etc.
 
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13. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:107]
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Each side has it's own deck. Each card can be used as an event, as OPS points (activate stacks for combat/movement), as replacement points (to rebuild units) or to allow one or more units to move large distances.
 
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14. Board Game: Nero [Average Rating:3.67 Overall Rank:15938]
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Cards can be used as either as movement points, army strenght points, or for the event printed on them.
 
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15. Board Game: Nottingham [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2501]
Neil Cook
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I'd agree with everything you were saying, if only you were right...
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Single cards are used to either perform the associated action, or to retain in hand as treasure
 
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16. Board Game: Age of Napoleon [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1730]
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Cards are used either for the event/benefit printed on them or else discarded to perform actions/refesh units.
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17. Board Game: Richthofen [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:11836]
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Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast.
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Richthofen cards have three uses, as a random number generator, played as a manuver to get the drop on someone, and they can also be played for some effect.

I've only played a couple games of this, but it seems to be pretty cool.
 
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18. Board Game: Sindbad [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:7961]
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The Green Adventure cards in Sindbad are used for four things.

1. Event/Encounter - Green Adventure cards provide encounters and events for the player and are kept by the player for use later for Reward, Movement, or Combat.
2. Reward - Some of the Green Adventure allow the player to show the cards at a port to 're-tell' the adventure and collect goods as a reward.
3. Movement - The Green Adventure cards have #'s on them and you can discard a Green Adventure card to move your ship that # of spaces instead of rolling the dice for movement.
4. Combat - The #'s on the Green Adventure cards can be used in combat against other players, monsters, or pirates.

The multiple uses of the Green Adventure cards actually adds a bit of decision-making in an otherwise straight roll-and-move game. Figuring out when and how to use the Adventure cards you've collected is a fun part of the game. Should I use a couple of the cards now to defeat this monster, or should I save them to use for movement to make sure I don't land on the pirates? I've only played this game a couple of times, but it is a fun and pretty quick adventure type game.
 
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19. Board Game: Plunder [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4073]
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The number in the top-left corner is used for various things (fighting amongst them), and the goods (top-right) refer to what your recently-plundered ship was carrying

I think. It's been a while.

 
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20. Board Game: Landlord! [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:4461]
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All cards can be used as a floor in the apartment building.
 
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