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PLAYING HAPPY FAMILIES

      A GENEALOGICAL PACK OF CARDS THAT MAY REVOLUTIONISE THE WAY PEOPLE PLAY CARD GAMES HAS BEEN INVENTED BY AN ALASKAN DESIGNER.

     
Games creator Ted Soloview, made Six Generations after researching his own international ancestors. Initially intended as a solitaire-type card game that could teach people about immigration and family history, Soloview soon realised that the cards could be used as an alternative to traditional playing cards.
      Instead of monarch-led suits, the 72-card pack has a "democratised" family structure, featuring six generations of one family, from different countries and time periods.
      Soloview thinks the pack could catch on as a new take on traditional card games: "It's not the boring numbers anymore or a fight between four suits; it's the matchmaking and creation of a family."
     The pack will work for many favourite card games, such as pontoon, rummy and happy families, with slight adaptations to the rules.

Story by FAMILY HISTORY MONTHLY MAGAZINE, United Kingdom, December 2005.