Cover Your Assets Grandpa Beck's Games from The Creators of Skull King | Easy to Learn and Outrageously Fun for Kids, Teens, & Adults | 2-6 Players Ages 7+
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Your opponents are building up little nest eggs as well, and while that’s all well and good, you’d much rather their things be … well, your things. Once you have at least one set of assets in your stack, you may attempt to steal assets from any player with two sets of assets in their stack.
The winner takes all of the cards and places them on top of their asset pile (at a 90 degrees angle over the previous assets). Here, given that there’s a huge spread of cards in people’s hands and there are a lot more asset piles available, you’re going to see a lot of movement and a lot of theft. To keep the set from being stolen by another player, the best thing you can do is to Cover Your Assets, by creating a new pair from your hand, or by stealing a set from the top of another player's stack during your next turn. While kids younger than 8 would be able to make matching pairs of cards in their hand and find matches among other players’ assets, they’re not going to like being stolen from.Update: The second printing of the game changed things slightly, so I've made corrections to the player numbers in this post. While you can add more players by combining sets, it is also recommended just to split into multiple groups of up to 6 players each. The story line is simple: protect your assets in the form of baseball cards, jewelry, a classic car, and more…or the coveted gold and silver (worth a lot! With this action you can form a set by combining a card from your hand with one or more matching cards from the three draft piles.
Each time a new pair is placed down, it’s stacked perpendicular to the previous asset cards in their personal pile. And by more I mean, be warned, this game is so fun it may quickly go from “filler” to “holy cow, did we really just play that for 2 hours straight!Either way, playing this makes me interested to see if additional complexity will make the game more or less interesting, so I may check out Cover Your Kingdom soon, should the Kickstarter fund. Make a pair from their hand: Place one pair of asset cards from their hand to their personal asset card pile in front of them. Even if you run out of cards your friends (though they may feel like enemies by now) can still attempt to steal your top assets. The player can defend themselves by playing another card from their hand either matching the asset or a wild. If you cannot or do not want to do any of the above three actions, then you must discard a card from your hand and draw a new card from the discard pile.
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The scoring of cards at the end of each round is boring (especially at the lower player counts as each player has so much more to count) and I wish there was a more elegant way of doing it. If more than one player hits that mark at the end of a round, the player with the highest total wins.
Because fighting over assets is a key ingredient of the game, you can't play this with people who will take things personally.
Either way, I’ve had fun with Cover Your Assets, and if you’re looking for a quick family game, you enjoy acquiring stolen wealth, or you’re just here for some take-that in a fun setting, this one might be for you! After the last card is played, players total up the value of all cards in their asset pile and add that to their score from prior rounds. This is because any assets at the top of your pile are likely to be attacked by the other players and could be stolen. GRANDPA BECK KNOWS BEST: With over one million games sold, Grandpa Beck’s Games brings fun for all ages!