From Dvorak - A Blank-Card Game
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|To play Dvorak: Draw five cards each and leave the rest as a draw pile. On your turn, draw a card from the draw pile and play one Thing and/or one Action. (See the full rules.)|
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Instructions and notes
This is a game based on Spore, Will Wright's next big game. As in the video game, you play this deck as a creature's mentor, leading it from the tiny unicellular organism to a civilized, technologic creature. You have to make your creature evolve by adding parts to its body. The game ends when there is only one player remaining, or when some specific goals are reached.
Beware, this is no easy deck to play !
- Every player chooses one Blob card to start with. Organs will be attached as the game goes.
- The remaining Blob cards must be set aside from the game.
- You can play up to 2 Action cards per turn and per player.
- Things cards can be :
- Blobs, the most basic part of a creature. They each have a Health value, Muscle, a Defense and a Speed. (will be referred to by their initials.)
- Body parts (categorized under Limbs, Mouth, Hands, Feet, Sensory and Misc) that can be attached to a player's blob by its owner. They alter the main blob's values.
-Hands and Feet can't be directly attached to the blob : you need to attach them to a Limb, that is itself attached to the blob. You can't attach more than 1 part to a limb, if not stated otherwise. Also, if a limb is destroyed, everything attached to it is destroyed as well.
-You can't attach more than 1 Mouth to your creature.
- Buildings that can only be used when the player is in Civilisation Phase and over; those can be damaged and destroyed. When destroyed, they are placed in the discard pile.
- Equipement that can only be used when the player is in Tribal Phase and over; those can be attached to a creature's body part when the body part it concerns exists (ie no gloves if your creature has no hands !). They also alter the blob's values.
- Others - they can have various effects.
Population and Health
Health can be lost fighting other creatures, or through some Action cards. It can be gained by eating Things (if you have the required Mouth). When a player's Health drops down to 0, he/she must discard all of his/her cards except the blob, or that player can choose to leave the game.
Health is only effective when you are in the Creature phase; when you are in the Tribal or Civilization phase, Health is reset to 1 and acts as Population. If your Population drops to 0, you can either discard everything in your cards that isn't a blob or a body part, or leave the game.
When you read a card that says "Gain/Lose X HP" and you aren't in the Creature Phase, you can add/substract those points to your Population, unless stated otherwise.
Also, whenever a card reads "Destroy a body part/building", if you are in Creature Phase you have to destroy a body part; if you are in Tribal or Civilisation phase, destroy a building. If you are in the Tribal or Civilisation phase and have nomore buildings, destroy one of your body parts.
- Every player starts with the Creature Phase. During that phase, you can't use any Building or Equipement cards.
Your goal is to reach a total of at least 20 when you add your Muscle, Defense and Speed together (not Health). That is, if your (Muscle+Defense+Speed) is equal or over 20, you must proceed to the next phase.
During this phase, whenever you draw a Building or Equipement card, you are allowed to keep it in a face-down pile next to you, or you can discard it immediately. If this pile consists of more than 5 cards, discard it down to 5 cards. Note that that pile will be called Waiting Pile.
- Tribal Phase : during that phase, you can't have Building cards : if you draw any, put it in your Waiting Pile.
Your goal is to have a population of 3 or more. Individuals will be added to your population through Action cards; keep track of your population on a sheet of paper. Whenever you have 3 individuals or more in your population, you must proceed to the Civilization Phase.
- Civilization Phase : you can use any card you have. You can't put anything in your Waiting Pile, but you can draw a card from it whenever you feel the need and you have nomore than 5 cards in hand, until your Waiting Pile is empty.
From here, the ways to win the game are many, and depend on the cards you draw.
Misc Body Parts