Merry Families Instructions
How to play the game "Merry Families" from Polar Embassy.
OBJECTIVE OF THE GAME:
The goal of the game is to bring together as many families as possible.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS:
From 2 to 5.
NUMBER OF CARDS:
35 cards composed of 7 families. Each family consists of 5 members.
There is no card hierarchy. Individual cards have value only as a member of a deck (a family).
A randomly selected player distributes 5 cards to all players. The remaining cards form the draw pile. The youngest player starts. They ask any player for the card they would like to have (for example: from the family of dancers, I would like the mother with the tutu). If this other player has the card, they must hand it over. If the applicant gets the desired card, they can play again. If they do not get the requested card, they take a card from the draw pile. If the drawn card is the requested card, the player can play again, otherwise the next participant plays.
Watch out! A player can only request a family card if they already have a member of that family in their hand. Once a player has completed a family, they say "Merry family!" and place it in front of them. If there are no more cards in the draw pile, players continue to play without drawing if they do not get the card they want. The game continues until no player has any cards left.
HOW TO WIN:
The winner is the player who has placed the most complete families in front of them.