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Making a Card Game — The Why

Summary: Introducing an analog card game I created, which features logic gates.

I am a stalwart puzzle game nerd. If you are still reading on after that first statement, you and I are destined to be friends forever.

Now that we are best friends, I’d like for you to meet two of my other besties, Solitaire and Sudoku.

Those two are both pleasantly straightforward, to me at least. I find playing with them — I mean playing them — relaxing. There is ever only one final configuration in each round, so there won’t be any surprises in the end — unlike, say, going to the mechanics for the first time in years.

And with Solitaire, there is this extra layer of the luck element. Not all rounds are winnable, which in a sense reflects how life is. You win some; you lose some.

Because we are family, let me let you in on a little secret. I’ve always wanted to create a unique card game that shares similar fabric with the aforementioned pair.

The logic gate card game idea first came to me in late September, 2021. Whilst casually working out the specifics inside my head, I also thought of a name for the game — “Zero And Won.”

It’s a play on words on how the game would involve the binary digits, zero and one. Additionally, the rough idea was that whoever first played all of their cards (with zero cards left) would win. “One” and “won” sound identical, too.

I understand every expecting parent must want me to name their baby now. Since I hardly know you at all though, I unfortunately won’t be able to offer discount prices for my name consulting services.

But I digress. Back to the name of the game, both figuratively and literally. Being a self-professed domain name hoarder, I went ahead and registered right away.

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However, at the time, a bunch of other time-sensitive projects left me with not much capacity to move forward with Zero And Won. The launch plan would not proceed until mid-Q2 of 2023, which is essentially when I started documenting the project publicly as well — including this blog you are reading now.

From: Kathy Li
To: Kathy Li
Subject: Go for it
Date: October 10, 2021, 10:10 AM

Scheduled to send on May 1, 2023, 12:00 AM

Hey 2023 you,

Good job surviving 2021 and 2022. How’s this year looking in general? Better, I hope.

I just wanted to say that if your plates are not too full at the moment, perhaps you could reconsider pursuing the Zero And Won card game idea?

You’d have my full support either way!

- Old you from 2021