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Karma King Review

Quick Look:

Designer: Marsha J. Falco
Artists: Marsha J. Falco
Publisher: Set Enterprises, Inc.
Year Published:2018
No. of Players: 2-6
Ages: 8-99
Playing Time: 35 minutes

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“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
Wayne W. Dyer

From the publisher
Karma King is a fast-paced card game that is fun for all ages from kids to adults! Players race to get rid of all their cards by playing a card of equal or higher value.
Karma Cards can be played at any time, like wild cards, adding an exciting twist to this elimination style game. 
Karma King is playfully competitive and infectiously fun!

If you have ever met me, you will know quite early in the conversation that I believe in Karma. I think that if you are nice to people, other people will be nice to you. It's a way to find similar-minded people. Some of my friends jokingly call me "The Karma King." So when I heard this game was coming out it was something I felt compelled to review. Everything Board Games reviewed the original back in 2016 which you can check out here


Rules and Setup:
In Karma, players are dealt three face-down cards that they cannot look at and that remain on the table in front of them. They are then dealt six more cards and choose three of those for their hand. They place the remaining three face-up onto each of the previous face-down cards (Leaving three stack with one card down and one card up on top of it. The last player with cards loses the game, and everyone else wins.

Hand Management

One player begins by placing a card or cards of the same value from his hand onto the table face-up to create the starting discard pile discard pile. The other players, in turn, must place onto the discard stack a card or cards of the same value that match/exceed the amount of the top card of the pile--or else they must pick up the entire stack. The exception to this rules is triplets. If three identical cards are played (by one player or 2-3 players in turn), then the person who played the last card gets to take an additional turn. Players must draw at the end of their turns to maintain a hand of at least three cards. All of a player's hand cards must be played before any of his face-up table cards, which must, in turn, be played before any of his face-down table cards. A few cards allow players to break the previous rules.

Artwork and Components:
The art is minimal, but it works very well thematically. The number font is unique to the Karma series. It goes from thin to full in an almost calligraphy style.

The Good:
Just like it's predecessor, the game is super easy to teach to a wide variety of players. It's a take-that kinda game, but it plays upper quickly, so it does not have some of the long-term heat between players some other take that games have. Some of the new Karma cards change up the tactics of the game.

The Bad:
For me, the game does not work well with two people, and I think the deck is too small for six. It's more of a 3-5 player game. Also, some people will not like the "only one person loses" victory condition.

Final Thoughts:
The game does not really get into full swing until the deck is gone. Up to that point, you are just trying to not get stuck with having to take the whole deck. The game is a series of unexpected twists and turns. A good filler game and a great family game

Players Who Like:
Card Games, Take-That, Lighter Games

Check out Karma King on:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/158268/karma   https://www.setgame.com/karma-king   https://www.facebook.com/Set.Enterprises/?ref=br_rs   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwAUZa25PNk

James Freeman - Reviewer

James is a child of the 80's he grew playing D&D and Stratego. He currently owns more games than his understanding wife of 20+ years thinks he should. James lives in Buffalo, New York with his previously mentioned wife, 2 teenage kids and one Havanese dog. Also, if someone outside of Buffalo says they serve buffalo wings, they are lying.

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Karma King Review Karma King Review Reviewed by James Freeman on February 20, 2019 Rating: 5

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