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Card games have been
played in one form or another since the 10th century when
dignitaries in China played to pass the time. There is a reason why
playing cards in their various forms has been consistently popular
for so many years: Card games are versatile, portable and great for
people of any age.
For classic card games currently on the market, you can not go wrong
with a basic pack of cards – available in almost any supermarket or
toy shop for very little cost – and a great book of card games.
Rules for card games are, of course, available online, but for the
keen player, a book like “The Penguin Book of Card Games”, “How to
Play the 200 Best-Ever Card Games” or “Card games for dummies” (all
available for a low price) is a great start to family fun with
official rules and great variations on classics.
As far as games based around cards, Uno remains an extremely popular
game and is available starting at well under £5. Because of its
simple premise, variations on rules and affordable price, Uno is a
great game for all the family.
Any child of the 1970s and 1980s remembers the series of Top Trumps
cards – the game where you rate the character/vehicle/object on your
card against your opponent’s on a series of graded elements. Top
Trumps has recently had a resurgence and there are dozens and dozens
themed packs of cards on the market today, all for a very affordable
Along the same lines as Top Trumps, Pokémon collecting cards are
extremely popular with children. Expect to pay anything from a pound
or two, to much more for the rare, special edition cards for the
Poker is a mainstay for grown-up card games fans and with its
popularity today, there are many poker sets to buy – ranging from
special poker cards to full sets with a table, chips, cards and
accessories. Depending on quality and the size of the set, you can
expect to spend anything from £10 to hundreds of pounds.
Another great, classic card game is Bridge – no longer just popular
among the older generation as was once its stereotype. Like poker,
Bridge sets are readily available and make excellent presents for a
range of ages. And, again like poker, expect a range of costs
depending on quality on set.