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The Mer-Kemet Deck from Uncle Hat Games is a deck in the Earseen Series. The idea is to have a general-purpose deck that can be used for lots of different games, much like standard ("French") playing cards ... but a completely different deck.

To that end, the Mer-Kemet has 55 cards, each having a rank (or value) ranging from 1 to 10, but no suit. The distribution of cards suggests a pyramid, with plenty of the lowest cards and progressively fewer of each higher card. There is only one Ten, but there are two Nines, three Eights, and so on, down to eight Threes, nine Twos, and ten Ones. The version we print and sell also includes two extra cards, not used in most Mer-Kemet games. One is blank, useful as a replacement if a card is damaged (just write in the number) and one is indexed with a question mark, which can be used as a wild or special card, if a game needs it.

We've come up with a few games for the deck, and invite you to do the same. See the Rulebook for instructions for:

  • Seqed, a rummy-like game
  • Mereh, a comparison gambling game
  • Heqit, a one-upping game
  • Ptolemy 14, a trick-taking game

And keep your eye on for more games using this deck.

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This title was added to our catalog on August 14, 2018.
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