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Superset is all about finding beautiful collections of cards as fast as you can! It comprises 243 cards, and certain collections of cards are called Subsets. A Subset is a collection of three cards where for each attribute, the cards either have that attribute in common or all have different values for that attribute. Each card has five attributes: Background (white, gray, black); Color (cyan, magenta, yellow); Fill (hollow, dashed, solid); Shape (diamond, oval, rectangle); and Number (one, two, three).

The image above shows a spread of Superset cards containing 8 Subsets—see how many you can find!

The game is played by having 18 cards dealt onto the table. All players simultaneously try to find a Subset as fast as they can—when they find one, they declare "Subset!" or "Found one!" or any other house-agreed phrase. At this time, that player indicates which three cards on the table they think make a Subset: if they are correct, they claim those cards for themself and then three new cards are dealt from the deck to replace the ones just taken. Proceed in this manner until the deck is empty and there are no more Subsets—the player with the most claimed cards at the end wins!

If there comes a point in the game when no player believes there is a Subset on the table, 6 extra cards are dealt. Replacement cards are not drawn after a Subset is found unless there are fewer than 18 cards on the table at that time. If there are cards leftover on the table at the end of the game, no one claims them.

If a player declares they have found a Subset and the three cards they indicate do not form a Subset, then they must forfeit one card they previously claimed—this card is removed from the game and will not count toward the player's score at the end of the game. If all players agree, a different amount of cards may be forfeited for incorrectly declaring a Subset; three cards, for instance, would correspond to losing an entire Subset for their mistake.

Players can also play smaller versions of Superset by starting the game with the deck only having cards with some attributes in common. For instance, the game could begin with the deck containing only cards with a white background (one attribute in common), or containing only cards with a white background and a cyan color (two attributes in common). These games are played exactly the same as full Superset except for two details: when there are no Subsets on the table, deal out only 3 cards instead of 6; and instead of having 18 cards typically on the table, there will be fewer cards on the table. Rules changes for the different smaller versions of Superset are summarized here:

  • 0 attritbutes in common: 243 cards in deck, 18 cards on the table, 6 cards drawn when no Subset

  • 1 attritbutes in common: 81 cards in deck, 12 cards on the table, 3 cards drawn when no Subset

  • 2 attritbutes in common: 27 cards in deck, 9 cards on the table, 3 cards drawn when no Subset

  • 3 attritbutes in common: 9 cards in deck, 6 cards on the table, 3 cards drawn when no Subset
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This title was added to our catalog on August 26, 2019.
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