Number of players

3 to 10

What you need

  • A deck of Earth from Space cards.

If you didn’t pick up a set of cards at Discover Space in Manchester, you can print a set for your own use (or multiple sets for classroom use).
Download single-sided Earth from Space cards.
Download double-sided Earth from Space cards.
You may NOT amend the cards or reproduce for commercial purposes.

How to play

Deal 5 cards to each player and put the rest in a pile, face down, on the table. Players may look at those in their hands.

  • The first player asks for a particular type of place e.g. somewhere good to live, somewhere good for stargazing, somewhere to have an adventure.
  • Other players pick the card in their hand they think is best and place it face down on the table. They take a replacement card from the pile.
  • Shuffle the cards that have been put on the table and then turn them face up.
  • The first player may ask some or all the other players to explain their choices, but does not have to.
  • The first player chooses which card they think is best for the situation they have asked for. The person who played this card gets all of the cards and keeps them in a pile at their place. They are not reused.
  • The next player then chooses a place for everyone else to pick …

The winner is the player with the most cards when there are none left for people to play.

To make it quicker

End after an agreed number of rounds or at a given time.

To make it easier

Ask for a card that shows at least a certain number of spots of a particular colour.

To make it harder

Ask for images that require players to use geographical or scientific knowledge: e.g. might be from a specific continent, or of a particular season, show a particular feature or evidence of a specific change or impact.