Make Friday nights Top Trump nights May 24, 2017 – Posted in: Games – Tags: board games
Playing board games and card games as kids was a wonderful pastime for most children of the 70’s and 80’s and even the 90’s I suspect (I am showing my age). Games like Monopoly, Cluedo, Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit are known by most of us. It may have been Friday night game night or brothers and sisters yelling at each other over the Monopoly board that you remember most but you are most likely to have some memory of playing games together. My most memorable games were with a pack of cards or Backgammon. There were hours wasted in version forms of card games. So, I was surprised when I was recently introduced to a card game that I hadn’t previously known about and am thrilled to find it finally. It is called Top Trumps and it is a marvel. Top Trumps is a card game published in 1968, a year after Books of Buderim opened. The aim of the game is to compare values to try to trump and win an opponent’s card. The information on the cards is very interesting and resourceful offering a game that is sure to delightful. It doesn’t matter if you’re 8 or 80, if your boy or girl, if you’re interested in cars or animals, there is something for everyone with these cards and there are so many to collect. The other things I love about these cards is that they travel so easily. They are encased in a tough plastic case and are small enough to throw a few packs in your suitcase without adding much weight.
If you haven’t come across Top Trunks before I’d like to share with you a little more information about this card game. Thankyou Wikipedia for your help here. Each pack of cards is based on a theme, such as cars, aircraft, boats, dinosaurs, or characters from a popular film or television series. Each card in the pack shows a list of numerical data about the item. For example, in a pack based on cars, each card shows a different model of car, and the stats and data may include its engine size, its weight, its length, and its top speed..
All the cards are dealt among the players. There must be at least two players, and at least one card for each player. The starting player (normally the player sitting on the dealer’s left) selects a category from his or her topmost card and reads out its value. Each other player then reads out the value of the same category from their cards. The best (usually the largest; in the case of a sports car’s weight or a sprinter’s 100m time, for instance, lower is considered better) value wins the “trick”, and the winner takes all the cards of the trick and places them at the bottom of his or her pile. The winner then looks at their new topmost card, and chooses the category for the next round.
In the event of a draw the cards are placed in the center and a new category is chosen from the next card by the same person as in the previous round. The winner of that round obtains all of the cards in the center as well as the top card from each player.
Players are eliminated when they lose their last card, and the winner is the player who obtains the whole pack.
The information on each card includes statistics and numerical data about a topic. It is a great way to learn a little more about Baby Animals or Car Statistics etc. Each pack has a different topic so each game is interesting and offering much to learn and remember. For all these reasons and of course because they are lots of fun, Books of Buderim has decided to stock them. We have started with stocking 11 popular different variations. If you’re as excited by them as we are, we are happy to expand the range. At $8.95 each pack, that’s a lot of family fun for the cost of a quick drink. Now I know where what I’d like to be doing this Friday night.