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New card game deals pubs a winning hand
AUNT Sally, darts and skittles are known as traditional pub games.
But now a new card game has been launched to challenge them.
The game, based on a city pub crawl, takes in 40 of Oxford’s drinking establishments.
Each pub has its own card with a points value – the Trout Inn in Wolvercote has 100 points while the Old Tom in St Aldate’s has 60 points.
Other pubs featured in the game include the Cape of Good Hope in The Plain, The Honeypot in Hollybush Row and The Jericho Tavern in Walton Street.
Lorna Boyes and her husband Mark were part of a group of six friends behind the game. They set up Cardigan Games to launch their idea.
She said: “The game was born here in Oxford. We all really enjoy discovering the city’s pubs with their different associations to the famous and infamous of Oxford.
“We enjoyed playing card games in pubs and this game started as a bit of fun but it sort of snowballed.
“It turned from a bit of fun into drawing on some cards and playing with them. We’ve been really pleased with the level of interest.”
The aim of the game is to gain as many points as possible by completing a pub crawl around Oxford. This is done by laying down a “pub card” and then placing “drinks cards” on top of it to earn points until you have had enough drinks at that pub.
But there are also cards such as “dodgy kebab” and “punting mishap” which can lead to lost points and missed turns, while the “on your bike” card gives you an extra turn.
Lawyer Ms Boyes, 31, said: “There are a lot of pubs in Oxford and we couldn’t include all of them. We tried to get a representative sample across the city. When we gave them a points value we tried to think about pubs that are really well-known and ones that are really popular.
“Somewhere like The Turf Tavern has 100 points because it is so iconic but there was no science involved and we are by no means saying this is some sort of evaluation.
“It was something we had in mind that might entice people who hadn’t been to some of Oxford’s pub to go there.”
Steve Lawrence, secretary of Oxford Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), said: “I bought a copy at the Oxford Beer Festival but I haven’t played it yet. As somebody who is keen on Oxford pubs it looks interesting. If it takes off it might encourage people to visit some more of the out-of-the-way pubs.”
Since being launched a few weeks ago the game has been made available in shops and pubs across Oxford.
James Knox, landlord of The Duke’s Cut which sells the game and appears in it, said: “It’s great. I took it home and played with it and it was quite fun."
The game is also available from cardigangames.com priced at £9.99 plus postage