Karma is the Grown-Up Version of the Card Game…

January 6, 2016
Karma - Tried Guide

How did you spend New Year’s Eve? We spent the holiday with our friends hosting a game night, playing Shadows Over Camelot, Spot It and our new favorite card game, Karma.

I had mentioned some of the best games our family plays a few weeks back, and the folks who make Karma offered to send me a game to try and share it with all of you. We started playing it on Christmas and we were hooked – so much so that we didn’t even play any of our go-to’s during the holidays!

Karma reminds me so much of the game I played in high school and college – Asshole – but with a bit of a twist. I guess since Karma technically isn’t a drinking game, the makers of the game have made it a bit more challenging.

Here’s how to play:

  1. You start out by receiving 3 cards that you put face down. You aren’t allowed to look at these cards during the duration of the game, until you have no other cards left to play.
  2. You receive 6 cards. You put your 3 best cards – your “Karma cards” or highest cards – face up on top of your cards that you have placed face down. You can’t touch these until you get rid of the cards in your hand.
  3. You then have 3 cards in your hand, and go around in a circle, each putting a card of equal or higher value. You can use your Karma cards throughout and if you cannot use a Karma card or beat the card being played, you pick up all the cards in the pile.
  4. Once you discard all your cards in your hand, you can begin using the cards on the table, using the cards that are face up first.
  5. Think once you are out, you win? Guess again. There are some Karma cards in the deck instructing the player to give a pile to a friend – so you could easily be called back in to play.

We had a lot of fun playing this game during Christmas and New Year’s. I like that it moves pretty fast. I think it’s good for groups, but could be a little boring if there are only 2 players. We will definitely be breaking out Karma though for game nights moving forward.

What are some of your favorite games to play? Share them with us!

Disclosure: I received Karma for free in exchange for my review. It has become a family favorite!

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  • Reply Doug January 7, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Loved Karma! And enjoy it even more just believing that it was developed as a non-drinking version of Asshole.

  • Reply Meg F January 25, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Omg, LOVE SPOT IT! We played it on NYE too! 🙂

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