Kickstarter Card Game Pairs by Cheapass Games

Okay everyone, this Kickstarter is amazing. It’s for a card game by James Ernest, who runs Cheapass Games. The card game is called Pairs, its artwork is based off of the world from the book The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and the art is by the amazing artist Shane Tyree.


Let me just say that I know Pat and Shane, and they’re awesome people. Pat runs a charity, and in his blog he’s said that part of what he’s getting paid for this endeavor is going straight to that charity. That’s pretty cool, if you ask me. This is on top of the fact that he’s a freaking awesome writer. Shane is an awesome person who’s also an amazing artist.

Anyway, back to the Kickstarter itself:

“Pairs is a new pub game by James Ernest and Paul Peterson. It’s a card game for 2 to 8 players, and it plays in about 5 minutes.

The deck is very simple: just the numbers 1 through 10, with each card appearing in proportion to its rank. That means there is 1 x 1, 2 x 2, 3 x 3, and so on, up to 10 x 10. That’s 55 cards, packaged in a compact card box, and it’s everything you need to play.”

Here’s a handy video on how to play the game:

The project has already smashed through its original goal and has completed a ton of its stretch goals, which include even more kinds of deck art: a fruit deck, a pirate deck, FALLING (which is a game in itself), the Modegan deck (another from Pat’s universe), and a goblin deck.


The reward levels are mostly about increasing the number of decks you get. Once you get to the $42 level, which gets you four decks, you also get a “Good Luck” coin, and at $80 you’ll get a signed bookplate with art by Shane Tyree and a signature from Pat Rothfuss.

There’s not too much time left though! The Kickstarter ends Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM CST. So, if you’re interested, jump on in and pledge here!

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