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Playing card games safely during the corona virus COVID 19 pandemic

Family card games to play during the corona virus COVID-19 pandemic

With the corona virus, known as COVID-19, ravaging the world, the biggest thing now is how to not get infected so one can stay alive. It’s bigger than driving your dream sports car, getting pampered at your favorite spa or going on a cruise to Majorca. Talking about cruises, no one wants to touch any of those right now.

You are homebound and sweating it, complaining that your rapturous free spirit feels like a prisoner in chains. Get over it. You are better alive and bored than dead and excited. Actually, no one can be excited when dead. That’s because dying means lying comatose, with the inability to go shopping or dine out. But if alive, you can play tomorrow when a better day comes. But dead people don’t golf. They just can’t.

So while home, make the best use of it. Reconnect your spirit to such humdrum stuff as watching late night news. Listing to government stats about the corona virus surge and do the best you can not to add to it. Hearing the word “epicenter” should be sobering enough to put you on your toes and calm all that raging itch to go out and connect, which risks keeping the virus raging.

At Animatopica, we make games, like our game Dogs of the Galaxies, and want people to play them. We want you to play them with your families, at parties, events, when hanging out with friends or downing beers at the bar. We want you to play as many times as you can.

ut these times are different. We want you to stay home and play with your family and not entertain the idea of seeking out your usual hang-out buddies, the ones you sip wine with, quaff down kegs of beer with and play RPG or card games late into the night.

For sure, playing card games with friends is fun – we get it – and we love that you want to play. That validates what game developers like Animatopica do and tells them they are creating stuff you and your buddies like. But don’t go seeking out Joe, Jim, Mary and Martha, the usual gang you hibernate with; not in these weird times. The reasons are glaring. You don’t know where they’d been or what they have. You don’t want to bring more than your card game home – you don’t want to bring home dry cough.

This means that you better learn to make excellent card game company of your boring family. We love family alright, but we also understand boring in certain respects. You can curse and swear with your friends, and poke at each other with often wicked ribbing. It’s all part of the often border-line crude, but forgivable fun, especially when card game playing is mixed with a free-flow of inebriating liquid.

But family is a different ball game, especially with kids around. Here, your foul mouth is sanitized with the purest of soaps and water and language is watched keenly like a hawk. Therein lies the boring. Plus, you dare not whip out risqué cards near impressionable kids whose role-model you should be in the first place. What kind of devil would you be?

That’s why they created the term family games. Those are the type of games that are good for momma, poppa, young Jack and Amy – clean, circumspect, even priestly. Actually, priestly may be taking it too far, but you get the picture. Bottom line is that there’s no coarse language.

Buying card games to play for adults, teens or with kids? Don’t restrict yourself to Gin Rummy card game or Uno (although those are fine games of course). There are a lot of fine family games that are enjoyable by both adults, teens and kids. If you love card games, and have a family, you may want to explore different family-friendly card games without a not safe for work (NSFW) tag and keep some of those at home. Not to say that family games are made specifically for occasions like the corona virus, but they won’t hurt at time like these.

If your family members don’t know how to play, teach them, just don’t curse while at it, as you would do with friends. Once they get it, a whole new kingdom of quick escape avails itself when things get boring. And playing with your kids doesn’t mean you can’t still have a beer. Just don’t have at it like when with friends.
Now I can hear you, “who are you to tell me how much to drink in my own house?”

Hey! Not trying to be the drink police here, but what needs to be said needs to be said. It’s always advisable for adults to keep alcohol consumption clean and respectable when the company of kids. You shouldn’t risk losing that clear thinking that leads to incoherence. Besides, what kind of role model would you be?
And should your family not want to play cards during the pandemic, then tough luck. Leave them the heck alone.

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Why You’ll Love Dogs of the Galaxies

Make funny, hilarious faces in the Dogs of the Galaxies card game

Everyone’s face is different

Part of playing Dogs of the Galaxies card game is that when players describe a dog, for example, when they say what they think a dog just got doing, or what trick it has up its sleeves, or what the dog likes to do,  they must also make a face to imitate the facial expression of the dog they just described (except if your group chooses to change the rules to exclude making faces) .

Now, since everyone looks different, except identical twins, people will make all kinds of different faces, even when describing the same dog. Even identical twins cannot be guaranteed to make the same exact face when describing the same dog.

Get ready then to entertain and be entertained as you and your friends contort your faces to come up with all kinds of facial expressions, from the absolutely weird to the stupendously comical.

Face-making makes the game fun and multidimensional because when you caption or meme or name the dogs, you may inadvertently be captioning or memeing or naming faces made by your friends, which adds to the overall Fun!

Even with identical twins, there’s still a mighty chance that they will make faces in different ways, and look a bit different, when describing the dogs.

Everyone’s sound is different

Some cards in Dogs of the Galaxies require that, in addition to captioning, memeing or naming the dogs, you also come up with the sounds the dogs make. Nothing could be more entertaining that watching and listening to your friends hooting like owls, mooing like cows or braying like donkeys in a bid to win points for the round.

The game play is multidimensional

Regardless of how many times the Dogs of the Galaxies card game is played and who you play with, everyone has a different way of describing these out-of-this-world-look dogs; for example, what they think the dogs just did or what tricks they have up their sleeves.
Since there are a gazillion ways people can describe the dogs, based on what they feel or think, players will come up with different and interesting weird captions, memes or names for the dogs based on the different descriptions. This keeps Dogs of the Galaxies multidimensional, interesting and fun.

95 unique dog illustration cards + 5 imaginary dog cards

You will enjoy the art work that comes with Dogs of the Galaxies. There are 100 card, with 95 dog illustrations, all of them unique. We went to great pain to make sure this comes out to be collector-card quality and we are extremely proud of the work done by our committed artists. We also included 5 imaginary cards because we know how people love to be creative. This way, they can make up and describe outer-space dogs all their own.

Can be played by both adults and kids

Dogs of the Galaxies is a family friendly card game for both kids and adults. Anyone 7 and up can enjoy this game. It’s a card game for family game nights, parties and other social events.

You don’t have to worry about language, hide in the basement to avoid the kids or quickly shut up or shut down when the “wrong” people suddenly show up.

You don’t have to rinse your foul mouth with soap and water when Grandma Becky saunters in unannounced.

Challenges players to be both creative and original

Card games for kids, teens, adults, family

Everyone playing Dogs of the Galaxies has to come up something creative all on their own. When it’s your turn to be the Breed Master describing a dog, you get to be creative when saying what you think a dog just finished doing, or what you believe it has up its sleeves. Since you are allowed to embellish stuff, you can basically make up stories using your imagination. The description you create is the raw material used by other players to caption, meme or name the dog in the weirdest way they deem fit.

And you are also being super-creative when competing to outdo other players and win points by coming up with the weirdest names, captions or memes for dogs described.

So everyone gets to be creative, original and fun.

Eliminates luck

Want to count on luck to win a Dogs of the Galaxies game? Don’t even try? This is because every point you win on your road to winning the game is hard worn. When competing to win points, you have no choice but work on outdoing other players by putting your best name, or meme or caption forward so as to impress the breed master who is the judge of that round and win the point of the round for yourself.

This takes away reliance on luck. Every point you get is truly earned and not stolen by chance.

Liven up parties and events

Got a party or event going on and a bunch of curmudgeons hanging on in their little silos trying to act cool and unfriendly? Don’t let killjoys poop on your party. Dogs of the Galaxies is the perfect medicine that will heal such wounds. Throw in a dose of a Dogs of the Galaxies game and draw out party poopers from the corners. Soon, everyone is laughing and taking part in contributing to the common good, which is to inject oxygen into your gathering.

Be it a baby shower, a party with friends, a corporate event, or any other type of gathering, we guarantee that Dogs of the Galaxies will liven up things and have everyone cracking up.

And talk about hilarious

Wouldn’t it be fun to someone make a crazy face or moo like a cow in order to win a point? Your group will have a hilarious time as players come up with the zaniest of names or captions or make faces that make them look like a gnome or goblin, which they think looks like a dog they just described. Feel free to caption their faces because they may not spare when it’s their turn to caption yours.

An educational quality lurking underneath

Besides having fun playing it, Dogs of the Galaxies has an educational value attached. This was found out during testing. Dogs of the Galaxies also works as a tool for helping people learn how to be creative and communicate ideas. This could actually work well in classroom educational settings during which students can come up with creative stories about each dog, similar to the stories we have about the dogs.

With 95 unique dog illustrations and 5 imaginary dog cards, there’s more than enough raw material to use in fostering imagination and creativity.

We highly encourage schools to give this a try. We believe they will find it exponentially beneficial to students in English, literary or creativity classes.