Is the number of starting cards for 5 and 7 player games correct in the instructions?
I'd have expected to see this:
3 players - 9 cards
4 players - 8 cards
5 players - 7 cards
6 players - 6 cards
7 players - 5 cards
Instead the rules state that in a 5 player game players get 5 cards and in a 7 player game players get 7 cards (see picture below). This seems kind of odd because it is inconsistent with the obvious and logical pattern. Have these numbers been reversed by mistake, or am I missing something?
It is correct in the rules. In the traditional White Elephant gift exchange the person who is last has the distinct advantage of knowing all but one of the gifts to select from. The card game takes this into account and allows each player to be last the same number of times. Therefore, with 5-7 players each player goes last exactly once, with 4 players each player goes last twice, and with three players each player goes last three times.
3 players - 9 cards (27 cards dealt, each player goes last three times)
4 players - 8 cards (32 cards dealt, each player goes last twice)
5 players - 5 cards (25 cards dealt, each player goes last once)
(By the way, in a 5 player game there are enough cards to deal 10 cards to each player and have each player go last twice - however, in play testing we found that this added unnecessary length to the game)
6 players - 6 cards (36 cards dealt, each player goes last once)
7 players - 7 cards (49 cards dealt, each player goes last once)
The game really plays best with 5, 6 or 7 players. However, we included the number of cards for 3 or 4 players in case people wanted to try it out with those numbers.