Playing Granny Wars

Your grandmother’s handicrafts are always the hit of the town fair, winning all the blue ribbons and earning heaps of money for charity when they get auctioned off.  But this year a retirement village has opened in town and Nana will have lots of crafty competitors.  Your job is to keep her at the top of her game.

Loyalty-card-explanation

Loyalty card (L), game set up for five players (R)

Set up the game by deciding which grannies to use, then put their cards in a circle within reach of all the players.  Here the game is set up for five players (so six grannies are used.)  You will be dealt a Loyalty card which matches one of the Score piles.  This is your granny, who you will secretly try to help.

Help–and hindrances for your opponents–come in the form of victory point and Gold cards.  You will be dealt ten of these.  The numbers on the cards represent hours Nana spends crafting (or distracted away from her knitting and purling.)

Starting-Hand

This example starting hand contains three red negative victory point cards, four green positive victory point cards and three Gold cards.

On your turn, you may put any card from your hand onto any pile.  Gold cards give you a special granny power in addition to any points they contain.  For example, Sweet Old Lady, worth -2, also allows you to steal and play a card from another player’s hand. Senior Moment lets you put a second card facedown on any pile, which keeps your opponents guessing.

Bouncing allows you to affect two score piles with one card.  If the card you play covers up a card that is its equal and opposite (such as -3 on +3), then you must ‘bounce’ the card being covered to a different pile of your choice.

bouncing-diagram

The +2 played on the yellow granny bounces the -2 that was on top of the yellow pile to any other pile.

Hence “Tit for Tat”.  Nana can’t find her glasses?  No worries!  Bounce that problem to a different granny and give your granny a shiny new pair of specs.

When all players have run out of cards you reveal your loyalty, claim your score pile and sum the numbers on your cards.  The winner is the player with the highest sum.

Watch a how-to-play video here.

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