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card laying game: card rounding or not?

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super-ape
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Hi all, I just wondered how necessary cards with round corners are and would appreciate your views as always. To be specific my game involves card laying where a pack is layed down and players slide off cards which are then normally immediately laid. Cards are never kept in hand and the pack is shuffled only rarely. In terms of the game philsosophy the fact that the cards dont look like standard playing cards would have an advantage. Are there any examples of commerical games that use cards without rounded corners? Many thanks
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card laying game: card rounding or not?

I can’t think of any high production games that use cards without rounded corners that are intended to be handled. Trivial Pursuit cards are not rounded but they see little action.

It sounds like you are using them more like tiles than cards. You might want to look into doing it as a tile game; cards and tiles can be used in very similar ways and are often interchangeable.

super-ape
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card laying game: card rounding or not?

Hi Thanks Dralius, . Yes a tile is a more appropriate description. Does that mean some tiles are used without corners? If so is there an example?

Ota
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card laying game: card rounding or not?

I don't know, if I remember good, but I think, that all cards in Talisman (2nd edition) were without rounded cards. Yes, it was version in Czech language, but I don't suppose bigger differencies between official English version and official Czech version.

soulbeach
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card laying game: card rounding or not?

You're right Ota, the french version i used to play was also "roundless".

For Tiles, the most popular game i can think of is "carcassonne"

game: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/7165

tile: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/82724

And tiles do not really need round corners as they are so much more sturdy than regular cards, they're harder to shuffle though. Different levels of thickness can be obtained for the tiles, giving you the flexibility of sturdiness yet still easily "shuffable".

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card laying game: card rounding or not?

If it is a solely card-based game, I would say that you should round the corners, though cards placed side by side will frequently have a small gap. It shouldn't be a problem though.

A mass production game with square-cornered cards that pops to mind is Monopoly.

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card laying game: card rounding or not?

One reason cards have rounded corners is that square ones are too easy to damage. Once a card's corners are bent or squished, it is "marked" and can be recognized by its distinctive damage; also the deck becomes more difficult to shuffle.

Tiles are usually made of cardboard that's thick enough that the corners can't easily be damaged, so square corners aren't a problem.

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