Title: Those Pesky Garden Gnomes
Authors: JonMichael Rasmus, John Sams, and Sean Weitner
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Type: Card Games
Number of players: 3-5
Age of players: 13+
Length: 30 minutes
Suggested Retail: $29.95
This is a trick-taking cards game with a twist – or two!
The game uses standard trick-taking rules and is played over several hands. In every hand, each player has his own goal for the hand – and these change randomly with each new hand. Thus, a player knows only his goal and not those of the other players. A player’s score for a hand is based on how close he comes to achieving his goal. The points a player scores are added to his game score. To win, a player has to have the lowest game score at the end of the game.
This is not an easy game to understand. It took 45 minutes to get set-up and to read the instructions several times (due to complicated wording) in-order to understand the concept.
This game is based on four suits of cards similar to a regular deck of cards; the only difference is that some are worth positive and negative points, which gets tied to a goal card that each player draws at the beginning of each round. Due to the fact scoring of this game is overly complicated even though the basic structure is similar to Euchre, it takes longer to score each round than it takes to play it. Also the game is won when a player hits 30 points or more and then the person with the lowest points wins. Overall the game is fun to play, it just takes a while to understand and to score.
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