Decks of Cards in Board Games


Cards have always been an important part of gaming. Some games need nothing more than cards to function as a whole, while other games use cards as a feature to help the game progress. Many board games all use cards to enhance the game, but usually in many different capacities. Sometimes cards are used for the sake of movement, while in other cases, players try to collect different sorts of cards to earn points. In even other examples, cards are used to either gain information which will help the player further themselves, or to hinder other players towards reaching the climax. Decks of cards allow games to use many different tactics for the execution of play and can be incredibly diverse in their usage.Drawing from a deck of cards to determine movement is one of the most common examples of why cards can be important. Sorry is a classic example of a game that requires a deck of cards. Within the Sorry deck, there are various cards with numbers ranging from 1 to 12, all of which enable players to move their pawns around the board. Some of these cards do have catches, however, making the game more than a simple race around the board. When a player is in a Start location, they are only allowed to move their pawn outside the area if they draw a card with either a 1 or a 2. If a card with a value of 4 is drawn, the player can only move one token backwards 4 spaces. An 11 allows players to either move forward 11 spaces or to switch locations with one other player, and a 7 card allows players to split the total number of moves between two pawns. If one of the special Sorry cards is drawn, however, players are granted the special ability to take one of their pawns from the Start space and move it directly onto another player’s location, gaining both entrance to the game board and starting the other player’s pawn back at the beginning of the game.Decks of cards do not have to be used solely for movement, however. With Clue, players roll dice to determine their movement, but use cards to help solve the mystery of the game. The deck of cards with Clue is divided into three categories, one for the Suspects, one for the Murder Weapons, and one for the Location of the Murder. At the beginning of the game, one card is removed from each category and is placed in a separate envelope. The remains cards are then all mixed together and distributed evenly between the players of the game. By rolling dice and moving about the game board, players try to determine the cards in the hands of the other players, using process of elimination to discover which 3 cards were removed from the deck at the beginning of the game. By figuring out these 3 cards, players solve the mystery and win the game.Decks of cards can be used to one extreme or another. Movement is a very common purpose for cards, but as shown, the purpose of cards is not limited to this. Card decks can enhance a game to a great degree, providing players with opportunities that simple dice do not always provide.

Online Games – Can We Make Money Playing Them?

When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.