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Michael Howe
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This has been kicking around in my head for a while. Some ideas for using multiple sets of standard playing cards and some permanent markers for making multi-suited decks.

4x4x4 deck:
Take 4 sets of A, 2, 3, 4 of each suit. Mark each set with a different green symbol (circle, star, arrow, triangle)

3x8x3 deck:

Take 3 sets of A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 of each suit. Mark each set with a different green symbol (circle, star, arrow)

3x3x3x3 deck:

Take 3 Sets of A, 2, 3 of each suit. Mark each set with a different green symbol (circles, stars, arrows). Make three such 3x3x3 sets. Take each 3x3x3 set and mark each with a different blue or purple symbol (crescent, horseshoe, snowflake)

Has anyone proposed anything like this before? Of course, this is just a proposal for making decks. The real creativity will come from those who propose games for these decks.
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So, in essence, each card will have 2 suits?

The Decktet is a 36-card deck of cards in 6 suits. Each suit has 10 cards, with most cards having 2 suits.

You may try exploring that and seeing what you think, and then trying out your deck ideas based on what you find works, or doesn't, with the decktet.

Edited for a myriad number of typos.
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The Rainbow Deck is an attempt to do this. It has gone through several iterations, but in the end what matters is the games, and there are no compelling games that use it - most of the games are just ports of games from other decks. As a deck, I think it is significantly less interesting than the Decktet, which is interesting to games designers precisely because the deck has odd characteristics (different numbers of suits on cards, not all combinations present, etc.). That is why we see lots of new games for the decktet, not just ports.
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Michael Howe
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I looked at the rainbow deck and it's not exactly what I had in mind. Rainbow deck cards have too much information for my taste and there's no clear three- or four-dimensional organization. Decktet is closer but is also only 36 cards which seems small. And I can see how the asymmetries of the Decktet could influence game design. Thanks.
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mhowe wrote:
Decktet is closer but is also only 36 cards which seems small.

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