In Scout, you're striving to put together the best group of entertainers for your circus show by recruiting and poaching performers to outdo your opponents act.
Nominated for the 2022 Spiel des Jahres, this fast paced card game is , compact, strategic and super fun!
How to play?
On a turn, a player takes one of two actions:
Play: A player chooses one or more adjacent cards in their hand that have all the same value or that have values in consecutive order (whether ascending or descending), then they play this set of cards to the table.
- They can do this only if the table is empty (as on the first turn) or the set they're playing is ranked higher than the set currently on the table; a set is higher if it has more cards or has cards of the same value instead of consecutive cards or has a set of the same quantity and type but with higher values. In this latter case when a player overplays another set, the player captures the cards in this previous set and places them face down in front of themselves.
Scout: A player takes a card from either end of the set currently on the table and places it anywhere they wish in their hand in either orientation. Whoever played this previous set receives a 1 VP token as a reward for playing a set that wasn't beaten.
- Once per round, a player can scout, then immediately play.
- When a player has emptied their hand of cards or all but one player have scouted instead of playing, the round ends. Players receive 1 VP for each face-down card, then subtract one point for each card in their hand (except if they were the player scouted repeatedly to end the game). Play as many rounds as the number of players, then whoever has the most points wins.
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- 1 x Scout board game.
- 15 minute play time.
- Age 9+.
- 2 - 5 players.