Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Project 1: Fatty!

(The back design)

Card Game: Fatty!

My game is a twist on the traditional Old Maids card game.  It is themed on sweets and desserts (due to my love for sweets) hence the name "Fatty!" As I was conceptualizaing my card game, I wanted to make a game that was did not have a complicated game play and visualized a more graphic idea.  I thought of puzzles and tried to incorporate the idea of fitting pieces together to create a twist to the traditional matching type card game such as Old Maids.  Instead of just matching a pair of identical cards, in "Fatty!" the pairs of cards fit together to form a complete image kind of like a puzzle.  

To not end up as the "Fatty" (the person with the last unpairable card at the end of the game).

- 44 Cards total (good to play with 4 players)
- Take one card out before the start of the game so that there is an old number of cards but do not
 show what this card is.  

- Deal out cards to each player (depending on the number of players, some players will have one more card than others but this does not matter)
- All players look at their cards and discard any pairings that they have.  
- The dealer begins.  
- At your turn, you must ofer your cards spread face down to the player to your left, that player selects a card from your hand without seeing it, and adds it to her hand. If it makes a pairing in her hand, she discards the pairing.  The player who just took a card then offers her hand to the 
next player to her left, and so on.  
- If you get rid of all your cards, you're safe - the turn passes to the next player.  
- Eventually, all the cards will have been discarded except one odd card, which has no pair, the holder of this card is the "Fatty" and loses the game.  

I created the shape of the cards by creating a stencil then tracing and cutting each one out.  The back design for all the cards was created using colored pencils then scanned, cut out, and pasted onto each card.  The reverse side of the cards with all the sweets and desserts was painted with acrylic paint.  


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