Author Card Game Rules – Learn How To Play Author Card Game

Author Card Game Rules – Learn How To Play Author Card Game

Authors is a game of cards designed for children. There are 44 cards in total and are divided into 11 sets of 4 cards. These cards have pictures of famous authors. This game was discovered in Massachusetts in 1861 by G.M Whipple and A. Smith. Parker Brothers published The second version in 1897.

It has many variations, and some are still being made. The game also features famous composers, explorers, sportspersons, and inventors.


Authors(Card Games)
Players 3-5
Deck Single Deck(52 Cards) or Special Deck with pictures(48 Cards)
Age Kids
Skills Counting, Memory


Set-Up of the Game 

Cards are dealt with equally among the players after shuffling. If there are an odd number of players, one player will have one card less than the others.


How to Play

One player acts as the dealer. The player left to the dealer starts the game.

 A player on his turn can ask other players for a particular author or rank. If the player who has been asked has that author or rank, then he will have to give the card.

In case a Player does not have any card of the rank, then he cannot ask for the same rank.

If a player has 6 of spades and 6 of clubs and he wants 6 of hearts and diamond to complete the set. Then he can ask other players for the cards that he needs. If the player who has been asked for the card does not have it, then this will pass on to the player to his left and so on. Be aware, Penalty, for lying is you will have to pass on your cards to each player.

After the player has all the four matching cards, they place it in front of all the players face down. 

If a player runs out of cards, other players continue to play till someone wins. The player with the maximum sets is declared the winner of the game.


 Derivative games

 Some variations of the game have the same rules but different pictures of: 

  1. Scientists
  2. Explorers
  3. Famous War
  4. Composers
  5. Cartoon Characters
  6. Leaders from history

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