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Craig Blumer
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Background: I am leading a group activity of 30-40 of non-gamers ages 8 to adult. I was thinking of playing Ave Caesar by making a simple board from the file section. The idea breaks down at the prospect of having to make almost a thousand cards (40, 24-card decks)!

So would it work to use a single 6-card deck? This could be played either as a 6-card hand that all 6 cards would have to be played before the hand would be refreshed. Or, it could be played drawing a 3-card hand similar to regular Ave Caesar until all 6 cards used up and then reshuffle cards.

Would this work? or isn't it worth the effort?

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I don't think it would work. In Ave Caesar (or Ausgebremst) all the game turns around the timing of playing the 6's. Once you are able to use all of them, you can try to escape the group without looking back. Or if others have not used all of theirs, you know they'll have to wait for you.

Having a hand of 1-6 would make it a very different game, without any strategy. Many people think the game has no strategy at all already (I don't agree), but without the 6's management it would be dull.

I would rather print boards of Giro Galoppo and play it with hands of 1-6, as it is expected to be played. It is simpler than Ave Caesar, and the look makes it feel like a kids game, but between adults there is some things to think about, and some double-guessing.
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That is what I feared.

Thanks much for the reply.
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Some options

Have your non-gamers design the cards themselves on blank cards (cut from some cardboard/heavy paper) - may encourage them a litte more...

Use normal playing cards, but to cut costs use magic markers to designate values on some of the cards

maybe look for used casino cards? (e.g. search for used las vegas decks) - though probably cut/marked they may still be suitable.

kr. ldam


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