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.
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.
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:
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.
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.