Being a trained historian (hey… I’ve got a degree… shut up), I love when I see games that might have been played by our ancestors make it back to our gaming tables today. Something doesn’t have to have been designed in the last 2 years in order to be a good game. Ancient games lasted as long as they did for a reason (and it’s not because people weren’t creative “back then”). So it’s with that in mind that I tell you about Guru Ganjifa, a set of traditional Indian (that’s “subcontinent” and not “Native American” style of Indian) playing cards that’s up on Kickstarter now.
The cards are inspired by Dashavatara Ganjifa, a game that was very popular centuries ago. There’s 130 cards in the deck, each one custom-illustrated. The illustrations are inspired by Madhubani or Mithila painting styles. This style can be seen coming from the Ramayana. The rulebook that comes with the game has rules for various card games, both traditional and brand new.
The campaign is up and running now with still 28 days left on the clock.