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A Stranger Plays Cards at Night

by bertilak profile


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About the Story

A very short story containing only one choice.

A man walks into a pub.

Based on a common Western/Northern European folk story.

Game Details


Entrant - Single Choice Jam


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A card game takes a dangerous turn, January 15, 2024
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This game was part of the Single Choice Jam. It features a low stakes card game that suddenly becomes much more dangerous when a stranger walks in.

This is a classic story, and I've seen at least two other takes on the general concept this year. What I like about this one is its nice character development, showcasing well-thought-out people with interesting traits.

It's short and kind of cuts out, a straightforward but well-done implementation of the 'single choice' prompt. Would read more by this author.

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Playing cards with the devil…, August 20, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: singlechoice

This entry is a retelling of a popular European folk story, where a card game is being played at a pub, when a stranger comes in and asks to join. Promising all your heart could desire if you beat him, but if you lose… he would take something from you too. Will you take on the challenge or fold?

The entry is very short, only a few passages before the eventual choice, and its visual is bare, putting the focus on the text. I really liked the depiction of the group of friend playing cards at the pub before the stranger’s entrance, giving a false sense of normalcy - a sticking opposition with the description of the stranger.

The choice itself feels both quite consequential and not very surprising, considering the heavy hints the game provides ahead of time. Both option will give quite different and expected endings. I think I preferred the “playing” option more than the other one - mainly because I’m still not sure what price will be paid…

It was a neat piece of folklore.

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