The 12 Game Gifts of Christmas: 2nd Day

12 Game Gifts of Christmas: 2nd Day

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Two Letters to Santa and a Hanabi co-op card game.

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2–4 players. Your goal is to get your letter into Santa’s hands so he puts you on his Nice list and fills your stocking with games instead of coal. To accomplish this, you either need to be the last player in the game or have the highest valued card in your hand when the deck runs out.

There are only sixteen cards in the deck. After shuffling the cards, put one aside facedown and deal one card to each player. On your turn, you’ll draw one card, then play one card. There are multiple of some cards, but only one of others. Each card has a special ability. For example, Krampus, of which there are five, allows you to pick a player and guess what card she’s holding. If you’re correct, she’s out of the game. The Gingerbread Man lets you compare the card in your hand with that in another player’s hand – the player with the lower number is out of the game.

Letters to Santa sample cards

Letters to Santa sample cards

Not all of the cards immediately knock another player out of the game. The Reindeer lets you see another player’s card, which could be useful information for your next turn. If their card is higher than yours perhaps you can play Toys on your next turn and force that player to discard and draw a new card. Or you might play the Elf to swap cards hands with them. Of course, another player might try one of those strategies on you unless you just played the Snowman and are protected. The highest valued character is Santa. While he may grant you the win if you still have him in hand at the end of the game, you’ll be immediately eliminated if you discard him. The winner is the last player remaining or the player with the highest card in their hand when the deck runs out.

Letters to Santa is one of the many spin-offs of Love Letter. It’s worth having, even if you already own the original Love Letter or Love Letter Premium. The graphics are adorable and the theme is appropriate to the season.

2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, can play Letters to Santa or Love Letter in about 20 minutes.

 

Copyright © 2018 by Tina G. McDuffie. All rights reserved.
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