Spoons and a Spork brings a touch of originality to a classic card game
Watch out for sporks!
Regal Games, the company behind table games like Goodge’s Rules and Banapples, recently published Spoons and a Spork, a family card game inspired by the classic game of Spoons.
Spoons and a Spork supports 3-8 players ages 8 and up. The game challenges players to draw and throw cards until they collect a square, in which case they can collect a scorecard in the center of the table. If players collect a spoon card they earn points, but if they collect a spork card they lose points instead.
On each Spoon and Spork turn, the dealer deals four cards to each player and places the rest of the deck to their right. The deck contains standard AK cards in four colors (pink, orange, green, and blue), rather than four colors. The dealer then shuffles a number of scorecards face down and places them in the center of the table. The number of scorecards used for each round is determined by the number of players. The number of players will also determine the number of rounds played before the end of the game.
To start a turn, the dealer will draw a card from the draw pile, then discard a card from his hand face down into a discard pile to his left. The player to his left picks up this new card and discards a card from his hand to his left. This creates a circular pattern of play, and all players draw and discard cards at the same time until someone gets a square. You can see this gameplay in action in the video above.
Once someone has collected four matching cards, they can sneak or sneak up on a scorecard from the center of the table. Once other players notice this has happened, they can also pick up a scorecard until they have all been collected. If players collect a spork card and there are still scorecards to collect, they can replace the spork card (face down) and pick up another card instead.
At the end of a turn, each player with a spoon card earns one point, while each player with a spork card loses two points. Finally, the player who wins the square first for the round receives a trophy card worth two points.
Players keep any scorecards they have collected until the end of the game, and new scorecards are dealt to the center of the table each turn. This means players don’t need a piece of paper to keep track of their scores – they can just use the cards they’ve collected to calculate their score at the end of the game. (If your family prefers a paper scorecard, the Regal Games website offers a downloadable scorecard that you can print out as many times as you want.)
Once the players have completed the required number of turns for the number of players, the game ends and the player with the highest score wins. The game has an expected play time of 10-20 minutes.
Once your family has familiarized themselves with these rules, Regal Games offers some “alternative” game ideas that can make a difference. For example, you can change the goal of each round from making a square to creating a straight line, which can help children practice number patterns.
Spoons and a Spork is now available on Amazon and the Regal Games website for $ 9.99.
Disclosure: SuperParent received Spoons and a Spork for coverage purposes.