The Singularity Deck: Adapted Games
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The Singularity Deck is an evolution of playing cards that is infinitely expandable and allows for an immense number of games to be played, adapted and original. The card back and suits have been released to the public domain so anyone can add new cards or expand the deck.


The deck is available to download through my patreon in full resolution jpegs. It's pay whatever you can afford. Patrons also help me decide what projects to work on next.
https://www.patreon.com/singularity_games

You can also pick up a professionally printed version of the deck through Drive Thru Cards: https://www.drivethrucards.com/browse/pub/10332/MTRoss-Desig....


This geeklist includes a list of adapted games that can be played with the singularity deck (along with some other bits). If you know of any other games that can be played with the deck feel free to add it below. If interested, you can find a list of original games designed for the singularity deck here: http://www.singularity.games/search/label/Games.


The singularity deck consists of up to twelve main suits and one special 100 card suit. Each main suit contains all standard playing card ranks (A thru K) plus a few extras including an 11 & 12, a singularity card (ranked infinity and 0), a City/Tower card, and an Ω card. They each include three copies of the A-rank and one copy each of the other ranks, for a total of twenty cards (A,A,A,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,J,Q,K,C,Ω, and singularity) per suit. The omega card represents a catastrophe associated with each suit. The idea is that each suit begins with alpha and ends with omega (excluding the singularity itself). Additionally the cards have secondary suits called shields, and secondary dice ranks. For a more thorough rundown of the design find out more at: http://www.singularity.games/p/deck.html, but that covers the basics.

The Anatomy of the Singularity Deck:


Example Suit in the Singularity Deck, Stars:


From Alpha to Omega:



In addition to the main suits, there is a special, stand alone, 100 card suit called the Spacetime set. The card art depicts an hourglass counting down to the inevitable heat death of the universe.

To get the most use out of the Singularity deck it helps to have some other bits, including some dice, meeples, and tokens.
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1. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:140]
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Amazing game...if you can find 4 players who all know it reasonably well. I mostly play it on my phone, although you could play it with the singularity deck by just mapping the special cards onto some of the extra ranks.
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2. Board Game: Arboretum [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:256]
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Given the current status of the reprint it's looking less and less likely that I'll be able to get my hands on the retail version which is a serious shame, because the production is beautiful. At least it's still playable with the singularity deck.

Edit: Good news, given the release of the new version of the game I was finally able to pick up a copy. Even better news, the art was done by the talented Beth Sobel.
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3. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:274]
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For sale is an absolutely wonderful action game played in two distinct phases. It is playable with the Singularity Deck using the main suit cards as the checks and the spacetime suit for the property cards.
 
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4. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:304]
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This game is fantastic and deserves all the praise it gets. It's also my most gifted game, as I think it has a wide appeal. This is easily playable with the singularity deck as it contains 3 Aces which work as the handshake cards and it has enough suits. It also has city cards which can replace the board from the original. I'm actually working on a variant design of the game that uses the singularity deck specifically.
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5. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:321]
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With the dice ranks on the bottom of the cards you can play hanabi. The deck comes with 3 A's each with a 1 pip dice. Each of the other die pips are represented twice within a suit. The discs can be used to keep track of the clues given.
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6. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:374]
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Needs 6 suits ranked 1-10, 10 wood tokens.
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7. Board Game: Skull [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:384]
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A truly amazing game for how simple the components are. Skull can be played with the singularity deck as it comes with 3 A's and 1 Omega card in each suit.
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8. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:416]
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Playable with the 100 card spacetime set. You just need some pennies or tokens.
 
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9. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:443]
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Use three aces/alphas of five different suits to represent the different roles, plus a handful of coins or chips to track currency. Wouldn't hurt to have a player aid to remind players of which suit corresponds to each role.

One such distribution might be:

Hearts: Contessa
Diamonds: Captain
Spades: Assassin
Clubs: Ambassador
Ovals: Duke
 
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10. Board Game: Las Vegas [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:476]
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Fun little dice game. The singularity deck maps onto the currency distribution pretty closely. You just need some dice for each player.

I went ahead a whipped up some cards for indicating the casinos. I decided to go with a slight retheme and make it so that players are fighting for control over different islands. If your dice represents armies it kind of explains why equal numbers of dice eliminate each other, as evenly matched armies take each other out allowing for weaker armies to sneak in and grab the spoils of war. The question mark card is the slot machine in the expansion.


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11. Board Game: The Mind [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:535]
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Playable with the Singularity Deck Spacetime set.
 
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12. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:601]
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13. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:725]
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You just need 6 suits ranked 0 through 10. Of course, you lose out on the lovely Alice in Wonderland themed cards.
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14. Board Game: Diamonds [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:757]
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An instant classic trick taking game. The dice cups function as your vault and the silver and gold cubes replace the diamonds. Uses 4 suits from the singularity deck with ranks A-12 and J-K.
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15. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:799]
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I've only played it on board game arena, but any deck with at least 5 suits can play this.
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16. Board Game: The Game [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:958]
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Playable with the Singularity Deck Spacetime set.
 
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17. Board Game: Wildlife Safari [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1427]
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One of the few games on here that I don't actually own and have only played with my custom version. It's surprisingly fun with some difficult decisions. Needs 5 suits of ranks 0-5, 5 discs of the 5 colors matching the suits.
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18. Board Game: Don't Mess with Cthulhu [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1715]
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Needs 6 character cards: 4 investigators (A of any suit), 2 Cultists (Omega of any suit); 30 investigation cards: 23 futile investigation cards (number cards of any suit), 1 Apocalypse card (Omega), 6 Alpha cards (A of any suit), Pieces: Active player marker, 16 Insanity tokens (silver cubes).
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19. Board Game: Pairs [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2208]
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The Pairs deck has a triangular structure which consists of one rank 1, two rank 2, three rank 3 etc. up until ten rank 10 cards. To adapt the Singularity deck you would just need to grab those cards from 10 different suits.
 
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20. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2214]
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David and Goliath is a trick-taking game that needs 5 suits with cards ranked from 1-18. In order to play this with the Singularity Deck you would need the extended rank cards.
 
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21. Board Game: Kobayakawa [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2437]
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This only takes cards numbered 1-15 and a handful of tokens. You could use a single Singularity deck if you wanted to use the face cards as values 13-15, or you could use the Spacetime deck.
 
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22. Board Game: Elements [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2969]
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Cool little microgame. Needs six cards of rank 6 and two sets of ranks 1-5, suit is unimportant.
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23. Board Game: Singularity Deck [Average Rating:9.50 Unranked]
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With the Singularity deck...you can play with the Singularity Deck.
 
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