If you’ve read our post about the EO games workshop and hackday, you’ll know that we decided to use our budget to produce a set of cards that could be used to play a range of games. Easy peasy? Not really.

  • First of all there was the issue of how big to make the packs. Some of the games need quite a lot of pictures, but too many and they would cost a lot to print. And the fewer there were, the harder it would be to choose which ones …
  • And that, of course, was the second problem: which pictures to use. Because of the rules we had invented for some of the games we needed a reasonably even spread of different environments … and that meant leaving out some wonderful images.
  • The next set of decisions we had to make was about how to crop each picture – the cards had a different aspect ratio to the original photos as well as a different size. How were we meant to choose the ‘best’ bit of images that Tim had framed so carefully in the first place?
  • Then there was the coding. We put coloured bands and spots at the top of each card to use in some games (and the simpler version of others), so we had to make sure they matched the pictures – more or less.
  • We knew people would wonder what each picture showed, but couldn’t put that on the cards without spoiling some of the games (and hiding more of the picture). We’ve therefore numbered each card so you can look up where or what it shows on this list. (The list also includes links to the original photographs on Tim Peake’s flickr page.)
  • And we had to get approval from UK Space Agency and ESA for the design before we could send them off to Ivory Graphics for printing – after all, they provided the funding and their logos are on the back!

But the cards arrived in time for us to play some of the games with visitors to Discover Space in Manchester – and give sets away to families who had enjoyed playing Where on Earth?, Cupola or Landgrab.

If you weren’t able to join us there, then you can download a pack to print yourself using the links below, and find out about the games you can play using them by looking for posts on this blog in the EO Games category.

Download single-sided Earth from Space cards.
Download double-sided Earth from Space cards.