In Authors you race to collect a book of cards of equal rank containing one card from each suit. It was originally played with a specialty deck that had pictures of famous authors and their book titles on each card.
The game has been adapted to use a standard deck of playing cards. This is a game is best when played with four to six players.
Object of the Game
What You'll Need
Setting Up the Game
Playing the Game
If you are the one being asked and you have the card asked for you must pass it to the player who asked for it. If you do not have the specific card asked for simply say "No". In either case play is passed to the next player to the left.
Be aware. If you say you don't have a card when in fact you do hold it you'll end up paying a penalty when the other players find out and will have to give each player one of your cards.
Playing continues around the table to the left with each player taking a turn asking for a desired card.
When a player has successfully collected a book of four matching cards they show it to the other players and then place it face down in front of them.
In the event a player runs out of cards they sit out until the game is finished.
Winning the Game
There are many variations of the Authors game now in print. They include Explorers, Scientists, and Inventors just to name a few. Try using these variations to help children familiarize themselves with important figures in history.
Did you know that playing cards are believed to have originated in ancient China?
Did you know that the earliest board games discovered are more than 3,500 years old?