COMMENTARY: Moby Dick, or, The Card Game Brings an American Classic to Life


Moby Dick is considered one of the greatest American novels ever written. But more than just a classic tale, Herman Melville’s masterpiece leaves quite an impression on its readers, examining existentialism and obsession in a truly captivating way. Literary lovers of the classic tale can venture on the high seas in search of the White Whale in a new way.

King Post has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Moby Dick, or, The Card Game, a dynamic, action-packed adventure for two to four players ages 12 and up. The game is adapted from Melville’s classic novel, and is brought to life with three decks of unique cards featuring original compositions, period portraits, and classic illustrations.

The strategy-based game lets players live out the voyage of the Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. The Sea Deck contains adventures, creatures, and chapters adapted directly from the novel, including whales, giant squid, foreign ports-of-call, and pirate attacks. The Sailor Deck features characters including Ishmael, Starbuck, Queequeg, and Captain Ahab. The Whale Deck contains actions, defenses, and attacks of the hunted whales. In addition to the iconic imagery featured on each card, a quote from the novel ties the action of the game directly to the classic tale. The game also includes two dice and 40 oil markers. [Read more...]

Gamewright Debuts IOTA Game at ASTRA

IOTA, the big game in the teeny-weeny tin, will make its debut under the Gamewright brand at the ASTRA Marketplace and Academy, taking place this week in Baltimore.

IOTA, a Mensa Select award-winning game, was previously self-published by Newton, Mass., inventor Gene Mackles, who sold it online and regionally. Gamewright secured the exclusive world-wide rights and will now add it to its line of family games.

IOTA is a compact card game for two to four players, ages 8 and up. The object is to score the most points by creating lines of cards in which three attributes—color, shape and number—are either all the same or all different across the line. The game will come in a pocket-sized tin travel case, with a suggested retail price of $7.99.

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