Designing an entire deck of cards posed a unique challenge for our design team. This project was a great excuse to flex our creative muscles and build something for you to enjoy, especially now, as life changed so dramatically in spring 2020. The distinguishing features on each face card (with a timely update) were blended with individual references on the back pattern (how many can you spot?) that make up much of Artemis Ward’s heart and soul. So, please, enjoy these cards and these games during these difficult times. And, of course, stay safe.
Like Bridge, Hearts, and Oh, Hell, Spades is a variation of the game Whist, where the objective is to work with a partner to collect as many tricks as possible.
Like another one of the games on this site, Spades is a game where teamwork is paramount. Your ability to communicate (non-verbally, of course) will make or break a partnership, and few things are better than being so dialed in with your partner that you can run the table in complete silence. The other thing we love about spades? Talking trash. Spades is a game that favors the bold, so let that smack talk fly.
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As its name would lead you to believe, Gin Rummy is part of the Rummy family of games, where you score by building sets and runs.
Gin Rummy doesn’t require rigorous thinking, just enough to keep one’s attention. The game also tends to be played with enthusiasm curbed — there’s no yelling, shouting things out — and is best by the fire, drinking wine (or, uh, gin), listening to Fleetwood Mac.
Unlike other trick-taking games like Spades, President (or Asshole) isn’t a variation of Whist. It’s actually a westernization of Asian card games like Daifugo and Big Two, where the objective is to empty your hand as quickly as possible.
Yelling. While shouting at your opponents offers little strategic advantage in this game, it’s hard not to let the Presidential title go to your head. So if you’re skilled enough to win a hand or two, lean into your newfound executive privilege while you can — your term may be short-lived.
Like Spades, Euchre too is a trick-taking game. It (and its variations) are also the reason why modern card decks were first packaged with jokers, cards originally designed to act as the right and left “bowers” (high trumps).
Like lake-effect snow and elongated vowel sounds, Euchre is a staple of the Great Lakes region. With some of us passing a good chunk of our misspent youth playing the game, it’s become a go-to game for business trips (and post-Zoom calls). Euchre is known to bring out the competitive spirt in most, so while it (probably) won’t end any friendships, it will certainly put them to the test — in the best ways possible.