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If you want to shake things up a little bit, the Earthquake card game may just be what you need.

Online Card Games September 19, 2022

Nearly 60% of people who die in natural disasters worldwide are killed by earthquakes, making them the deadliest natural disasters of the last 10 years. While nobody enjoys actual earthquakes and their devastating effects, we can do an about-face and make something pleasurable out of it. 

Enter Earthquake, a card game designed by the people responsible for Magic: The Gathering. It is a fast-paced card game that combines fun and strategy with art inspired by Magic. Even if this game has been around for a long time, it is still one of the best games about earthquakes of 2022, along with a board game of the same name.

If you want to learn more about Earthquake the card game, you came to the right place.

Seismic Card Game

Earthquake Card Game Summary

Earthquake is a relatively quick and simple card game that can be played with two to four players and lasts about 15 minutes. If you want to play more than the suggested four players, you can add another deck to balance out the game. 

Playing cards of the same suit to earn points is the game’s primary objective. To make things interesting, it also features several Special cards. Anyone who can identify colors and/or patterns can play, though the scoring will almost certainly require someone who knows their multiplication tables well. The latter isn’t a big deal because we have calculators, so children as young as five can play and enjoy Earthquake.

Earthquake Card Game Components and Game Play

The Earthquake Card game has 70 cards in total. The 70 are made up of:

  • 60 cards with no rank or value (five suits of 12 cards each)
  • 2 Clone Cards
  • 2 Earthquake Cards
  • 2 Prosper Cards
  • 2 Opportunity Cards
  • 2 Time Warp Cards

The five suits are blue wizards, black skeletons, red goblins, green elves, and white soldiers, characters familiar to anyone who plays Magic: The Gathering. That said, Earthquake does not require any prior knowledge of Magic to get started.

Board Game

Here is how the game is played:

  • Each player is dealt seven cards. The remaining deck is placed in the center of the table to form a “draw” pile, with a discard pile forming next to it.
  • During a turn, a player must place two combinations in front of him, each containing one or more cards of the same suit.
  • As each combination is played, the player assigns a score to a meld using a scoring system.
  • The scoring system is as simple as it is interesting: The player multiplies the number of cards in his most recent play by the total number of cards of that suit already played. For example: If you played three red goblins and there were already two of those in the table, your score is three multiplied by two (which is 6). If the next player plays two more red goblins, his score is 10, two red goblins multiplied by five already played on the table.
  • Even if you were dealt seven cards of the same suit, you must split them up for scoring. 
  • The cards are not on the table for the duration of the game. You begin your turn by picking up any cards before you and discarding them to the “Discard” pile. All such cards would not be used for scoring. As a result, you begin your turn by discarding the cards from your previous turn.
  • Your turn ends when you have played your two combinations. After this, you must replenish your hand to seven cards. If the draw deck runs out of cards, shuffle the “discard” pile to create a new deck.
  • When someone reaches 100 points, the game ends.

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Games About Earthquakes That You Should Try

Earthquakes for Kids September 9, 2022

Earthquakes are scary, devastating, and unpredictable. Though they happen all the time in many parts of the world, the nature of earthquakes is not constant. They can happen anytime and at any place, without any warning at all. This unpredictability makes the danger of earthquakes so much worse.

At the same time, though, earthquakes provide ample opportunity for fun if you try to play games inspired by them. Even though earthquakes bring death, destruction, and chaos, they also bring a chance for people to work and play together to fix the damage and get through the difficult times together. This blog will look at the best games that show the fun and hope that happen after a quake.

Earthquakes Games

Disaster Report

Disaster Report, an odd 2003 PlayStation 2 survival game, not only shows the continuous devastation of an artificial island via a semi-natural disaster, but it also boasts some of the most awful English voice acting ever. You’ll be regretting you hadn’t rescued those folks at the end of the game.

Before the game ends, it is revealed that the earthquake was caused by human irresponsibility rather than natural causes. Beginning in 1985, the Japanese prime minister started a plan to recover land deep beneath the water and transform it into a secure foundation on which whole cities may be constructed. They used a new cutting-edge technology called the Honeycomb-Caisson Method to do this, and after 10 years of building, Capital City was resurrected from what began as a tiny wedge of rock.

Disaster Report Game

The game concludes with a rooftop clash atop the Capital City Central Tower, where the heroes strive to signal a rescue helicopter but are met with armed goons. Depending on the decisions made during the game’s multiform story, Disaster Report has seven alternative game endings—some positive, some tragic.

Sim City 4

It couldn’t be a Sim game if the player could not even injure his or her creations. The earthquake was only one of many calamities that befell SimCity’s small virtual inhabitants over the years.

Maybe this isn’t the most dramatic illustration of tectonic plate grinding, but it sure felt good at the time.

While the earthquake is portrayed as a devastating tragedy in many games, it is less so in SimCity BuildIt. Quakes in some games destroy the entire city as well as everything below it. In SimCity 4, it only destroys the large horizontal region but is far more damaging. 

Sim City 4 Card Game

Instead of randomly destroying structures, the AI destroys all structures along the destruction line.  Most tremors only move a few blocks depending on the player, but if the player presses the earthquake button, they may amplify the damage by climbing up the Richter Scale. However, if the player holds it for too long, the earthquake may be a typical moderately damaging quake (perhaps a glitch), but in most situations, it will be a very large and devastating tremor.

Crysis 2

Crysis 2 not only sought to represent a believable New York City (with variable degrees of accomplishment), but it also intended to demolish this city realistically. Consider how people suffering from first-person shooter motion sickness may have felt!


From Dust

In Ubisoft’s downloadable treasure, God’s breath can create and destroy the planet. As the all-mighty spirit guiding your people through a nature-ravaged planet, you will not only confront the consequences of earthquakes, but you will also be able to fight them, filling up gaps produced by those damaging effects.

Yes, this is a volcanic game. But it follows that there is an earthquake every time a volcano erupts so this is worthy of a place here.

Motorstorm Apocalypse

Daredevil racers sprint through a disintegrating metropolis as the furious earth shakes buildings, causing them to crush and burn all around in Motorstorm Apocalypse. It’s an earthquake-centric game to honor those afflicted by Japan’s devastating earthquake years back.

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