Illuminati: The Game of Conspiracy

Illuminati Card Game Review
Steve Jackson’s Illuminati can be considered one of the strangest, best and most original card and board games to ever hit the market. It was first introduced in the year 1982 according to the official website for Steve Jackson Games, and it’s been the subject of plenty of hype, paranoia and controversy – which was kind of the point.

Machi Koro: The Perfect Game to Kick-off a regular Family Games Night

Machi Koro Game Review
Sitting down for your first family games night can be intimidating, but there’s no better way to kick off a games night tradition than by working together to learn the rules to this quick, straightforward, and inclusive card game. To avoid game-store confusion and mid-game stress, we’re going to be running a series of blog posts reviewing and talking about card and board games. And we’ve got a really fun game to get things going.

Bits & Bobs: Replacement Parts for Board Games

Board Game Pieces Replacement Parts - Gifts for Card Players
Board game bits get lost all the time, and we have a feeling that they might end up in the same place as lost socks. Sometimes you buy a pre-owned board game with some pieces missing, other times they just get lost over several hundred games and places. Great Bridge Links and Alex took a closer look at where and how to source replacement parts for board games.

Beyond Pokemon: 7 Trading Card Games You May Not Have Heard Of

Beyond Pokemon: 7 Trading Card Games You May Not Have Heard Of
Trading cards have been around for about 125 years. That’s a long time; and, as you might expect, some pretty crazy games have come out in that time! Some have been institutions in and of themselves (ever heard of Pokémon?), but others are a little more, shall we say...niche.

Learn How to Shuffle a Deck, It Can Give You the Upper Hand

Learn How to Shuffle a Deck, It Can Give You the Upper Hand - Great Bridge Links
Style and skill go hand in when playing any card game. Looking like you know what you’re doing is part and parcel of every card game. So learning some new shuffling tips and tricks will give your opponents the idea that you’re a whizz at whatever you’re playing.

Gambling of the Ancients

Gambling of the Ancients - Gifts for Card Players
While the first slot machine saw the casino floor for the first time in 1894, gambling is by no means a new phenomenon. In fact, we’d guess that gambling has been around about as far as mankind. We wend digging for some more information about the gambling of the ancients…

Ode to Solitaire

Ode to Solitaire - Gifts for Card Players
Solitaire is a peculiar cultural institution. It’s a favourite game of kids at summer camp, procrastination-happy office workers, introverts, and people all around the world. But few people know the true story of how this loner’s game came to be.

A Return to the Classics: What’s Behind the Card and Board Game Resurgence?

Board games are popular again
Sites like Kickstarter have proven hugely popular for raising money, with the board game niche being one of the most active on the website.

Card Regulations 101

Playing Card Heart Family
So, just what is a regulation style playing card deck? Have you ever played a game with a deck of Spanish playing cards? Quick! What are the card hand values in poker? Check out some of our facts about standard playing card regulations and various card games for the answers.

eKasi Casino

eKasi Cassino - Gifts for Card Players
Cassino is a basic card-fishing game with several variations and mostly the same rules. The origin of Cassino is usually noted as being Italian, evolving from the fishing game of Scopa. Early mentions of the game go as far back as the 18th century. Read more here.

3 Great Trading Card Games for All Ages

Trading Card Games
Love playing cards? Then you should love some of these trading card game picks. Unlike regular playing cards, the charm of a trading card deck is that the player can create their own deck using cards they have collected.

Eating Card Games: When College Drinking Grows Up

For your next holiday party, or just any excuse for a party on a random Friday night, here are some card inspired eating games with recommended dishes that are most satisfying.

Playing Sevens for Cheap Prizes on Christmas is Better Than Watching TV

Family playing cards at Christmas
The pile of prizes we had were bought from a pound store and were things like lip balm and ballpoint pens. They were wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper. This created an extraordinary effect. I imagined that they were much more than they were, despite being told that nothing cost more than a pound.

Spooky and Creepy Cards Games for your Halloween Extravaganza

Skull Rummy and other Halloween Card Games
Anyone who has ever played any kind of a card game can attest that there seems to be some sort of connection with forces beyond our comprehension. Traditionally, we call this luck. It seems that sometimes something wants us to win and sometimes it wants us to lose. It can be generous and it can be horrifying. And it is always bewildering.

My Obsession With Winning Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire Gifts for Card Players
I've played Klondike my entire life, with all variations of play. But it never grabbed me like Spider Solitaire has. It feels more intellectual, more challenging. It forces me into a different way of thinking about the cards.

What My Husband and I Learned Playing Old Maid

Children's card games

by Margie Pignataro, for Gifts for Card Players © 2016

My husband and I decided not to buy each other expensive presents for our birthdays, but I wanted to get him something, some little thing that would ease his work stress. So I went to Target and hit the party supply aisle. (For my fortieth birthday I had a My Little Pony party. And, yes, I do have a My Little Pony deck of cards.) I bought him a Star Wars birthday banner,


Five Reasons Your Children Should Play Cards

Kids Love Cards - play with your kids

Five Reasons Your Children Should Play Cards

Looking for the next fun activity for your kids this summer? Shuffle up a deck of cards!

One of the oldest, most traditional pastime activities, card games can bring your children tremendous benefits through developing basic life skills. It’s a great way to spend family time together and also learn more about each other. Try a competitive round of Crazy Eights to find out!