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 BUILDING A HOUSE OF CARDS

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House of Cards is a solo balancing game. In which individual cards from an ordinary pack of playing cards are stacked in groups, end on end, one on top of another. The object being to see how high you can build your stack before it tumbles.

Popularity
Building a house of cards is a game that most of us have played at some time in our lives.

Location
This game can be played at home or anywhere where there is a table or other suitable flat surface.

Age
A game that is suitable for all ages, it is often played by adults, for or with children.

Ability
To build a successful house of cards you need full concentration and a very steady hand. WARNING This can be a very frustrating pastime.

Description
A solo game of patience, The object being to build as bigger stack as possible, with as few cards being used on the base as possible, before the whole structure collapses, through weight, instability or a push from small eager hands.

Dedication
A popular variation of the game is to see how many cards you can remove from a finished structure, before it collapses.

Potential
This game can be played; As an entertainment for small children. As a solo pastime of patience. As a light hearted competitive game to see who can build the most cards up, or the most imaginative design.

Closely Related Activities
Card games = Poker 104, Back Gammon 66, Canasta 103, Whist 107, Rummy 105.

Games of Patience = Solitaire 896, Patience 776.

Board Games = Dominoes 219, Draughts 70, Chequers 67, Scrabble 72, Ludo 944.

Pen & Paper Games, Jigsaws.

Cost
A pack of playing cards suitable to build a house of cards can be bought for around £2, but serious card players will frown on a pack of new cards being used (according to them) in such a frivolous way, preferring you use an old pack.

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