Elevenses – A Review
This week, Pround Games is taking a look at Elevenses! No, we’re not evaluating the efficacy of your mid-morning snack. Rather, we’re digging into the deceptively strategic tabletop game!
Tea Time for Two to Four!
Elevenses, designed by David Harding and set in 1920s Britain, is a hand management game for 2-4 players, in which each player tries to prepare the best morning tea spread by playing cards strategically. Eight of the eleven cards are laid face down on the table (these are the “spread” cards). The remaining three cards are the player’s hand (“kitchen” cards). Players must play cards from their kitchen face up into the “spread”, but cards must be played in the same numerical position as the number shown on the cards. For example, the card showing “4” must be played in the fourth position. Also, when a card is played, the action shown on the card takes effect. In our example, the “4” card, when face-up in the player’s spread, allows the player to look at any face-down cards in the spread.
Also, each card has a “sugar” value ranging from one to three. Once a player has played four cards into their spread AND plays the “11” (or “elevenses”) card, each player has one turn until the end of the round. At the end of the round, the player with the highest number of spoonfuls of sugar wins the round, and sugar cubes are awarded based on the number of players in the game. The first player to 7 sugar cubes wins the game.
My favorite thing about Elevenses is watching all the pieces of a strategy fall into place. You know that feeling, having an opponent play right into your hand and delivering them a swift defeat? I love that feeling. It’s…to borrow a phrase from arguably the most British person in existence…
The first time that we played Elevenses at game night was a great experience. It’s easy to pick up and learn in just a few minutes, and within a short amount of time, even inexperienced players can apply strategy to this game! The simplicity and brevity of this game make it great for playing a quick pick-up game, so next time someone asks you to play Elevenses, join the party!