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Official The World (Geography) Game Rules

The World Game is an educational and entertaining card game that tests your geographical knowledge and challenges you to become a world trivia whiz. Here's a breakdown of the rules to embark on your global adventure:

Objective

Collect the most cards from your opponents by either answering geographical trivia questions correctly (Fact) or successfully guessing hidden information based on clues (Challenge).

Setup

1. Shuffle the Deck: Mix all the World Game cards face down on a table.


2. Deal the Cards: Evenly distribute cards to each player, dealing them face down. The remaining deck is placed face down in the center of the playing area as a draw pile.


3. Prepare the Map (Optional): If a world map is included, unfold it and place it within easy reach of all players. This can be a helpful visual reference during gameplay.

Gameplay

The World Game offers two ways to test your geographical knowledge: Facts and Challenges. Players take turns drawing a card from the deck and choosing either a Fact or a Challenge to play.

  • Fact:  The player who draws the card reads a geographical fact about the country displayed on the card (e.g., highest mountain, largest population). All players then reveal their cards, and the player with the card featuring the country with the corresponding "strongest" fact according to the category wins the round.

    • Examples of "Strongest" Facts:

      • Highest mountain: The player with the country holding the highest mountain wins the round.

      • Largest population: The player with the country with the biggest population wins.

      • Smallest area: The player with the country with the least land area wins the round.

  • Challenge:  The player who draws the card chooses one of the four challenge categories displayed on most World Game cards: Continent, Capital City, Flag, or Location. This player then challenges another player to guess the hidden information based on the country on their card.

    • Challenge Gameplay:

      • Continent: The challenged player needs to guess the continent where the country on the card is located.

      • Capital City: The challenged player needs to guess the capital city of the country on the card.

      • Flag: The challenged player needs to guess the country's flag based on a description or clues provided by the challenging player.

      • Location: The challenged player needs to point to the country's location on the world map (if available) or describe its relative location to other geographical landmarks.

    • Correct Guess: If the challenged player guesses the hidden information correctly, they keep their cards. If incorrect, the challenging player keeps the card from the challenged player.

Drawing New Cards

  • After resolving a Fact or Challenge, the round winner discards their played card and draws a new one from the deck to replenish their hand.

  • The game continues with players taking turns drawing cards, choosing Facts or Challenges, and answering geographical trivia.


Winning the Game

The player who has collected the most cards at the end of the game (when the draw pile is depleted or after a predetermined time limit) is declared the World Game champion!

Notes/Variations

  • Cooperative Play: For a more collaborative experience, players can work together to answer Facts and Challenges correctly. This can be a good option for younger players or those who want to learn geography together.

  • Team Play: For larger groups, you can divide players into teams and play competitively. Teams take turns drawing cards, choosing Facts or Challenges, and working together to answer trivia correctly. The team with the most cards collected at the end wins.

The World Game is a fun and engaging way to learn about geography and different countries around the world. It's perfect for families, game nights with friends, or anyone who wants to brush up on their global knowledge!

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