States of the World: Geography Card Games is a collection of board and card games drawing on basic geographical knowledge of several types including country names and locations, capital cities, and relative sizes of land masses, populations and economies. There is some element of luck involved (cards are drawn) but the games are essentially strategic as players make decisions each round in their attempt to fulfill the winning criteria. The games can be tailored to suit any level of geographical knowledge (questions are leveled by difficulty) and can be enjoyed by groups of mixed geographic and English abilities.
GAME 1: HOLIDAY (2-5 players)
Players start at a predetermined country, draw a card, roll the dice, and move their piece that many spaces naming all the countries passed through. When the destination is reached, a new card is drawn. If a mistake is made the player returns to the last correctly named country. The other players can look at a map key to ensure countries are named correctly.
GAME 2: WAR (2 players)
Both players draw a card and declare their country. Player 1 asks a question from the question cards. If player 2 answers correctly, or has the better rank or larger number, player 2 wins and keeps both cards. Play alternates until a fixed number of rounds is completed. Questions can be chosen by the players based on their existing geographical knowledge, or in a fixed order, or randomly. A subset of the questions to be used is decided before play begins. Weaker players can only be asked level 1 questions.
GAME 3: LINK (2-5 players)
Each round consists of 2 players drawing 1 card each and declaring their countries. Player 1 asks a question as in Game 2 WAR. The winner can either keep the card they are holding or change cards with the losing player. Then both players place a piece on the map board. Play now continues with player 2 and player 3. The game ends when all the country cards have been used. Points are scored for linked countries (1 point for each contiguous country, minimum 3).
All of the materials included in this bundle can be bought separately from my store. Click the links for detailed information on each resource. The Africa game is entirely free and is included in this download as a convenience.