Letterboxing: The Game is a letterboxing-themed deck-building card game. Players compete by purchasing “outing” cards that improve their personal decks and add to their total number of finds. The player with the most finds at the end of the game is the winner (yes, it is all about the numbers).

Letterboxing: The Game premiered at the Acres of Boxing event earlier this month, featuring an almost complete set of playing cards. Several of the cards hadn’t been made yet, but the basic game was finally ready to be shared with other boxers.

An almost full set of playing cards.

An almost full set of playing cards.

The game mechanics are based on a number of other deck-building games, but all of the cards feature letterboxing-specific features, such as Blue Diamonds, Events, and Hitchhikers. Two to four players can compete to collect these cards and to implement a strategy to find more boxes and/or to prevent the other players from being able to find them. By improving their personal deck of cards by purchasing new cards from the Outing  Stacks, players can create powerful playing hands to attack, defend, and purchase more and more powerful cards.

First game played with finished cards.

First game played with finished cards.

In addition to being a game, each card is also a letterbox trading card, featuring a hand-carved stamp by one of many contributing carvers. Here’s a sheet of nine cards being stamped up with a stamp carved by The Vs:

Stamping up a sheet of Drive-By cards.

Stamping up a sheet of Drive-By cards.

Once all of the cards are stamped, the full sheet is laminated on both sides. The lamination makes the cards more like commercial playing cards, helps them slide when shuffled, and makes them durable for repeated play. After being laminated, the cards are cut up into playing card (and LTC) size and the corners are rounded.

144 Cards Ready to Cut

144 Cards Ready to Cut.

There are currently 220 cards in a full game deck. That’s a lot of LTCs to make! As of writing, I have almost completed 3 whole decks and enough cards to properly “thank” the contributing carvers. I must have made at least 1,000 cards so far! It has been a lot of work, but the result is a game that can be played with fellow letterboxers at the upcoming summer events.

More details about the card game and rules for play coming soon.


9 Thoughts on “Letterboxing: The Game

  1. andrea palma on June 28, 2013 at 9:17 PM said:

    Omgoodness!!!! Neat game, and what a lot of dedication and work! How much are you selling these for, or do they get rented out for events?

  2. tigs on June 28, 2013 at 9:53 PM said:

    i *definitely* need more cards. . . i need to play. oooooh Wolfie, how many do you have???

  3. Wait a minute–I was under the impression you were making an “Atlas Quest” game. I want my stamps back! ;o)

    — Ryan

  4. Jiffy on June 29, 2013 at 7:23 AM said:

    That BIG smile on Crafty Lobster’s face must have meant she was winning that game!!!

  5. Thunderbird on June 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM said:

    That is seriously cool!

  6. MissChievousNess on November 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM said:

    I wanna play!!

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