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05 December, 2012

S'mores Card Game Review

     I have been doing more camping the last few years than I ever did growing up.  I love camping.  The lakes, the fires, the cooking... the only thing unfavorable as far as I am concerned is the bugs.  Three of the four girls got a tent this year for their birthdays and we can't wait to use them next year.  Besides fishing and swimming, I think the girls enjoy the food most.  We have roasted hot dogs, Keilbasa, and toasted marshmallows.  And of course we have S'mores.  Camping isn't complete without S'mores.  Heck, a bonfire or fire pit isn't even complete without them.
     Now you can enjoy S'mores inside during the off season.  Well, the S'mores Card Game at least.  In this game, you take turns drawing and discarding either from the deck or from another player until you have all the ingredients to form a S'more sandwich.  You need 2 graham crackers, a marshmallow, and a piece of chocolate bar, perfect fire or wimpy roasting stick are optional, but can help you win.  The ingredients come in several different qualities, from broken or dirt covered to perfectly toasted, each having different point values.  The more points you get, the more chance YOUR S'more will be the best.
     I was a bit sad that the girls didn't stay captivated longer.  I think if it wasn't a race to get the S'more done first, but rather a game where the value of your S'more was what chose the winner (which only applies in this game if there is a tie), then they would be more likely to stay tuned in longer.  But while we are playing it, they do have lots of fun and we usually play at least two times.  They like to make each other fan their cards and rarely choose the deck option when looking for new ingredients.  I bet they would appreciate a good tournament, where we play multiple hands and the person to reach "X" amount of points first wins.  We would score using the point values on each card.
     The cards are Jumbo sized and fully colored.  They are made from soy-based ink on recycled paper, which I think is fantastic.  There are ingredients cards, bonus cards, action cards, and filler cards.  The ingredients are obviously the crackers, mallows and chocolate.  The bonus cards are things like perfect roasting sticks or the perfect fire, things to get you those extra points.  Action cards are things like rain in your fire or marshmallows falling into the fire, they are cards that make you lose points.  Filler cards do nothing but add to the scene, they are things like sleeping bag or tent.

     The S'mores card game sells for $5.99 at EducatonOutdoors.net.  You can find all kinds of outdoor themed games on the site.  You can find games like Snipe Hunt, Mysterious Creatures, and Camp among others.  They are the perfect addition to any camping trip or backyard family night.

Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
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