Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Now Available: Mind Your Manors Collectible Country House Card Game

The cards are full color - 54 included
I have always loved trading cards. Collecting baseball cards and football cards is something almost every kid in America has done. When I was growing up in the 60’s, we also collected card decks for our favorite TV shows, like Batman, The Green Hornet, The Man from Uncle and many other popular shows. My own son has collected more modern collectable card games, like Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic: The Gathering.

Surfing the internet, I’ve also seen vintage card games like In Castle Land, and been fascinated by the innumerable series of trading cards that were once offered with cigarettes and tobacco.

With all of these in mind, it seemed only natural to utilize my printing and publishing experience to develop a game and a series of collectable cards that featured famous English houses. Naturally, these would initially focus on examples from the Medieval, Tudor, Elizabethan and Jacobean periods.

As a result, we are now releasing our first collectible card game, Mind Your Manors, which was designed with our printing partner, American Biblioverken and produced by The Gamecrafter, a US company that specializes in custom, print-on-demand games. The cards are high-quality, printed to the same specifications as most playing cards or popular gaming decks you would find in any hobby or retail store.

As for the game, it is a simple, turn-based game, where the object is to be the first to collect one or more suits of a particular color; the play is somewhat similar to old games like In Castle Land or Happy Family – and you may wish to develop your own rules.

The real star here is the card deck. Each game deck includes 52 full color cards, each of which depicts a country house illustration on the front and a brief history and notes on the reverse side. I’m sure many people would enjoy the decks for their collectible value alone, and we are currently developing supplemental card decks as well, including additional country houses and manors from this period, as well as other periods, including the Victorian and Edwardian Ages. Future plans also include a card deck and a separate board game featuring many classic town and country pubs.

To read more about the game and to order game decks, visit The Mind Your Manors page at The Gamecrafter. The company does ship internationally; check their order page for costs and delivery info. It’s also important to note that since the games are print-on-demand, additional time may be needed for production.

If you are a retailer, a gift shop at a Heritage house (your house may be in the deck!) or other museum shop and desire to purchase in quantity, please contact us and we will help you obtain stock at a lower price. Simply email us at thelonggallery@gmail.com.

Here is a list of the houses included in the deck:

BLUE SET

1 HARDWICK
2 HADDON
3 WINGFIELD  
4 MONTACUTE
5 ASHTON
6 CLEVEDON  
7 BARRINGTON

RED SET

8 CHASTELTON HOUSE
9 NORTH ASTON HALL
10 ASTHALL MANOR
11 MAPLEDURHAM HOUSE
12 BURFORD PRIORY
13 CARSWELL MANOR
14 GARSINGTON MANOR

GREEN SET

15 ASCOTT HOUSE
16 HARTWELL HOUSE
17 DORNEY COURT
18 CHENIES
19 CHEQUERS
20 DORTON    
21 GAYHURST

PURPLE SET

22 SWARLAND OLD HALL    
23 APETHORPE HALL
24 BARNWELL
25 BURTON CONSTABLE
26 BURTON AGNES
27 FOUNTAINS   
28 HOWSHAM        

AQUA SET

29 COMPTON WYNYATES
30 CASTLE ASHBY
31 CHARLECOTE PARK
32 PACKWOOD HOUSE
33 ST JOHNS HOUSE
34 COOMBE ABBEY
35 BURGHLEY HOUSE

ORANGE SET

36 WOLLATON HALL
37 LONGLEAT HOUSE
38 CHARLTON PARK
39 LITTLECOTE HOUSE
40 CORESHAM COURT
41 BOLEHYDE MANOR
42 CHARLWOOD HOUSE

MAROON SET

43 BOOTHBY PAGNELL 
44 ATHELHAMPTON HOUSE
45 THE VYNE
46 LITTLE MORETON HALL 
47 DODDINGTON HALL
48 GREAT BIDLAKE
49 AUDLEY END   

BLACK (ROYAL) SET
50 HAMPTON COURT   
51 RICHMOND PALACE   
52 TOWER OF LONDON   

53 Card List & Intro Text
54 Rules

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