Hands-on American History with Deal or Duel
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For students in middle and high school studying American history, or who simply like the Alexander Hamilton era, Deal or Duel: An Alexander Hamilton Card Game is a card game that challenges players as it teaches.
The game features a storyline of the American Revolution, where there is political instability and financial turmoil in America. Players are pitted against all of the Founding Father and Mothers of the country as they strive to meet one simple objective: “get all the money or die trying.” According to the game’s makers, this is the main goal of the time period, and all of the rules of the game center around this objective.
This compact game contains:
- 54 Historical Face Cards
- 120 Action Cards
- 40 Hamilton Cards
- $3,500 Colonial Cash
- Face Card Roster Scroll
- Playing Mat
Deal or Dual: An Alexander Hamilton Card Game is designed for 2-6 players, ages 10 +, though my older teens find it to be pretty challenging. The rules are somewhat complex and the game requires a few test rounds to make everything understandable. I think age ten is a little young for this game, unless the player is already experienced and practiced with more complicated rules and strategies.
Pros and Cons
The pros of Deal or Duel include the historical aspects of the game as well as the numerous cards and options it offers. On the downside, the Playing Mat is poster grade paper, with creases, making it flimsy and not completely flat when laid out, and the Face Card Roster Scroll is delicate thin paper. These items are likely to wear out sooner than the other items in the game, and a heavier cardboard playing board would be preferable. All in all, though, the game is compact enough for travel and will bring the historical figures to life for history buffs and those learning about the Revolutionary War era.
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