Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Ramayana Card Game - How to play

Ramayana Card Game is just one among few other sections in my blog which include:
"Nostalgia" - Bollywood Retro Music Songs Review and Nostalgia Events Coverage
"Mangala's Potluck" - Indian Vegetarian Recipes
"My Paintings" - A glimpse into my artworks
"Portraits" - My sketches using Charcoal on Paper
"Mangala's Crossword Puzzles" - My creation of Easy and Cryptic Crossword Puzzles. Cryptic Crossword Puzzles posted here are based on specific Clue Type. Detailed explanations are provided for Solutions to the clues through links.
"My Poems"
"Play with Words" - focus here is on Understanding Cryptic Clues in Crossword Puzzles and their types, orienting readers towards possible approaches to solve them with relevant hints, explanations and solutions, all explained with examples in conversational style
"SheshadrisArtpourri" - Online Art Gallery (via Facebook Page)

About RAMAYANA CARD GAME                 
(Concept and Design: Mangala Madhuchand)

Ramayana Card Game is a pack of 28 playing cards designed keeping the mythological story of Ramayana as the theme with the sole purpose of clubbing entertainment and education while the players get engaged in the game. While 27 cards represent various characters involved in Ramayana, 28th card is the Golden Deer card (just like “joker” that you find in any standard Card Game pack) which can be used to represent any character or prop not found in the pack but helps form a “SET” confirming with the story.

How to Play
Level 1:
No. of Players: 2 to 4 with a single pack
No. of cards: 4 cards per player (to create a “SET” of 4 cards)

Distribute 4 cards to each player.
Let the players be seated in a circle and cards held in such a way that  deer picture face each other. Assuming 4 players are playing, after distribution, 12 cards are left. Pile these remaining cards and place it in the centre of the circle, all cards piled with deer picture facing up. Remove topmost card from the pile and place it next to the pile with the deer picture facing down.
The players now start to prepare a “SET” of 4 cards. Game begins with one of the players picking a card. Card to be picked can either be the open card next to the pile or the topmost closed card from the pile. One other card has to be put back next to the pile. Process repeats with rest of the players completing one round. Any number of rounds can be played. The first player who creates a “SET” is declared as the winner.  If with the 4 cards already in hand, a player can create a set, then that player becomes the winner! Rest of the players can resume the game.

Level 2:
No. of Players:  2 to 4 with a single pack
No. of cards: 7 cards for each player (to create 2 “SETS” of 3 cards each and close down one card or to create 2 “SETS” i.e.,  1 set of  4 cards and 1 set of 3 cards)

3 different ways of creating SETS
Family based, character type based or event based
Examples of props that can be used to create event based sets:  Shiva’s bow, Pushpaka Vimana, Rama’s ring, Sanjeevini mountain etc.

Examples of ‘SETS’ using 4 cards
Dasharatha, Kausalya, Sumitra, Kaikeyi  (King + his 3 wives) – Family based
Rama, Lakshmana, Bharatha, Shatrughna (Sons of King Dasharatha) – Family based
Sita, Urmila, Shrutakirti, Mandavi (Daughters in Law of King Dasharatha) – Family based
Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Hanuman (The core team during Rama’s exile) – Family based
Dasharatha, Kausalya, Rama, Sita (King, his 1st wife, their son and daughter in law) – Family based
Vasishta, Vishwamitra, Gautama, Bharadwaja (all sages) – Character Type based
Ravana, Kumbhakarna, Indrajit, Shoorpanakha (all demons) – Character Type based
Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Ravana (characters involved in the golden deer event) – Event based

Examples of ‘SETS’ using 3 cards
Kausalya, Sumitra, Kaikeyi  (King’s 3 wives)
Dasharahta, Kaysalya, Rama (King + 1st wife + Son)
Sita, Urmila, Shrutakirti, Mandavi (Daughters in Law of King Dasharatha)
Rama, Lakshmana, Sita (The core team during Rama’s exile)
Dasharatha, Kausalya, Rama, Sita (King, his 1st wife, their son and daughter in law)
Vasishta/Vishwamitra/Gautama/Bharadwaja (any 3 sages)
Ravana/ Kumbhakarna/ Indrajit/Shoorpanakha (all demons)

Examples of Event based ‘SETS’
Rama + Janaka + Shiva’s bow
Ravana + Sita + Pushpaka Vimana
Rama + Sugreeva + 7 trees
Hanuman + Sita + Rama’s finger ring
Hanuman + Lakshmana + Sanjeevini mountain

Note: Examples of ‘SETS” listed above are just to give ideas on various possible permutations and combinations . However, players can form their own different sets based on the story.

“Ramayana Card Game” conceptualised and designed by me Mrs. Mangala Madhuchand -  Architect, Artist and Blogger at is available for sale. For enquiries, kindly inbox me - it's Mangala Madhuchand on Facebook.

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