Welcome to Kiku!
Choose one of the four actions (play, discard, or tell about color or number), then choose a card to perform it on.
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Kiku is our collaborative submission for the 2016 10k Apart contest. It's an adaptation of the card game Hanabi but with a little bit of a SETI twist, thematically, inspired this summer's report of a strong signal from star HD164595. The word kiku means "to hear/listen" in Japanese. As an homage to both Hanabi and this fun bit of news it seemed like an appropriate title.
The deck contains cards in 5 suits (white, yellow, green, blue, and red): three ones, two each of twos, threes, and fours, and one five. The game begins with 8 available satellite (information) tokens and 3 star (fuse) tokens. To start the game, players are dealt a hand containing five cards. Play proceeds around the table; each turn, a player must take one of the following actions:
Players lose immediately if all star (fuse) tokens are gone, and wins if all fives have been played successfully. Otherwise play continues until the deck becomes empty, and for one full round after that. At the end of the game, the values of the highest cards in each suit are summed, resulting in a total score out of a possible 25 points.
As you inform the computer about cards in their hand, emoji appear beneath the computer's cards so you can keep track of what you've informed them about: