Hello, all. I wanted to bring up a topic that was discussed, or rather argued, at my family’s dinner table a few nights ago. All 5 of my family members are living at home now, which hasn’t happened in the last 4 years, so tension is already high. While eating our delicious home-cooked meal, my brother (Ryan, 22) decideds to let us all know how much he hates the game Candy Land. If you need a reminder of what this game is, here you go:
As you can see, Candy Land is a racing game, where players take turns drawing cards to direct them on how far to move. Ryan’s argument for Candy Land being the “worst board game” was this: The game is pre-determined before you ever start playing. Once the card deck is shuffled, the game has already decided who will win because every 4th card belongs to one specific player. I had an issue with this for a few reasons… First, it doesn’t matter what order the stack is in because 1. it’s still randomized by shuffling it, and 2. no one playing knows what order the cards are in, so the idea of the game prematurely “deciding” the winner is irrelevant because no one playing knows the outcome yet. I think this also can be compared to the roll of dice. Obviously, no one “knows” what the die will land on, but they know it will be a 1-6. Same can be applied to drawing cards: If no one knows the order of the stack, you can guess what card you might draw based on your knowledge of the cards, but the best you can do to sway the results is pick your turn in the order (like how you can change how sofly you roll the dice).
On the flip side of things, I can see how some cards only occur once before they cannot be used for the rest of the game, in comparison to a die that can land on a certain number an infinite amount of times. But, there is also the fact that this occurs in almost any game that involves cards.
If you have input on this debate, feel free to comment. That is all.