Rellated to my idea of a card-based RPG, and general thoughts on what direction I want it to take, I’ve been doing a lot of pondering considering these types of games.
Consider the following case: both players have a 1, a 2, and a 3 card. Simultaneously, they choose a card and play it. Both cards are discarded, and whoever had the higher card gets a point. On a tie, neither player gets a point. After three rounds, whoever has the highest score wins.
Before reading any comments, take five minutes or so to consider what strategy you might take in this game. What are games between two players of equal familiarity of the game likely to look like? What common game is this effectively equivalent to? What changes if each player has five cards, numbered one through five, and the game lasts five rounds?
(I promise that I am going somewhere cool with this, but I can’t get there without YOUR help.)