We love books. We think reading is important and that play is integral to life. Our hope was to make a fun, great-looking game that celebrated some of the most important writers of the 20th century.
Object of Game: To collect the most Literary Sets.
There are 18 Literary Sets in the deck. Each Literary Set contains three cards:
1. Author Card includes the author’s name, portrait and birth/death date.
2. Library Card includes 3 important books by the author.
3. Bio Card includes a piece of biographical info about the author.
You need all 3 cards to make a Literary Set.
How to Play: Shuffle and deal 4 cards one at a time face down to each player. Place the remaining cards face down in a pile. Arrange the cards in your hand so that you can see which cards you need to create a Literary Set. The youngest player goes first by asking one of the other players if they have either an “Author Card,” a “Library Card” or a “Bio Card” for a specific author. For example, you might say, “Sara, do you have the Virginia Woolf Library Card?”
If he/she has the card, he/she must give it to you. If the requested card completes a Literary Set, place the 3 cards face up on the table and request another card from any player.
If the player does not have the card you requested, pick the top card from the pile. If you pick the card you requested, show the group and place your Literary Set on the table.
If the card you pick does not complete a Literary Set, but is still the card you requested, show the group and place the card in your hand. Request another card from any player.
If you do not pick the card you requested, place the card in your hand and wait for your next turn.
Play moves to the right. The game ends when all the Literary Sets have been made. The player with the most sets wins.
To state it very simply, this game is “Go Fish” with a literary twist. It is super easy to play. Don’t worry about trying to figure out complicated rules. If you know how to play “Go Fish” you know how to play this game. Simply collect the library card, bio card, and author card for each particular author and you have a point. This game is a great way to familiarize children with authors. The author selection including- Ernest Hemingway, E.M. Forster, John Cheever, Edith Wharton, and others is a more appropriate fit for teenagers, but could be beneficial to kids younger in an attempt to introduce them to these famous writers.
The cards are made from high quality cardstock and have a slightly thicker feel than your average playing card.
Is your mom a literary lover? This is a great fun gift that mom and child and use to interact together.
Notable Novelists is a perfect gift for the book lover in your life or as a tool to encourage reading, to bring along on a lengthy car or plane trips, for the upcoming grad getting prepared for college and an entertaining game for the entire family!
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