How to Play Polemic

Setup

1. Shuffle the deck of topic cards

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2. Deal each player a set of opinion and guess cards of a given color. Everyone should have a like card, a dislike card, and a guess card for each number from 0 to 4.

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3. Use any kind of counters to keep score.

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4. Ready to play!

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Playing a round

1. One of the players should take the first topic card from the top of the deck and choose a topic from it for the round. In this game, the first player chooses “parody songs” as the topic.

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2. Each player plays one opinion and one guess card, face down. Choose an opinion card based on your feelings about the topic. Choose a guess card based on how many total players you think will like the topic.

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3. Everyone turns their cards up at the same time. The pink and the yellow player like parody songs, while the green and the blue player dislike them.

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4. Count the number of players who liked parody songs. In this round, it’s two: pink and yellow. Now, any player who played a guess card of “2” will score a point. Pink and blue each score a point.

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5. All guess and opinion cards are returned to the players’ hands. The next player, sitting to the left off the first player, draws a new topic card.

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6. Play continues until someone earns four points. In this game, the pink player has won!

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