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Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play. ( Plato) I have been running my own language school in Kyushu, Japan since 2005 where I have developed a number of games and activities for the rapid acquisition of useful knowledge. A detailed blog post describing the genesis of my geography games can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hagesensei/ If you would like to contact me, I'm at hagesensei@hotmail.com

Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play. ( Plato) I have been running my own language school in Kyushu, Japan since 2005 where I have developed a number of games and activities for the rapid acquisition of useful knowledge. A detailed blog post describing the genesis of my geography games can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hagesensei/ If you would like to contact me, I'm at hagesensei@hotmail.com
Europe 2019:   Geography Card Games
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Europe 2019: Geography Card Games

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EUROPE 2019 GEOGRAPHY SKILLS Country names, spatial relationships, capitals, languages, nationalities, and physical, demographic and economic data for 45 nations. LEVEL: beginner to advanced; mixed levels OK AGES: 8 and up PLAYERS: 2-5 GAME TIME: WAR 5-10 minutes, HOLIDAY 10-20 minutes, LINK 20-30 minutes For players with low geographic knowledge, it is suggested that the games be learned in the following order. Detailed rules can be found at CompellingGames.com GAME 1: HOLIDAY (2-5 players) Players start at Turkey (or any predetermined country), draw a card, roll the dice, and move their piece that many spaces naming all the countries passed through. When the destination is reached, a new card is drawn. If a mistake is made the player returns to the last correctly named country. The other players can look at a map key to ensure countries are named correctly. GAME 2: WAR (2 players) Both players draw a card and declare their country’s name. Player 1 asks a question from the question cards. If player 2 answers correctly, or has the better rank or larger number, player 2 wins and keeps both cards. Play alternates until a fixed number of rounds is completed. Questions can be chosen by the players based on their existing geographical knowledge, or in a fixed order, or randomly. A subset of the questions to be used may be decided before play begins. GAME 3: LINK (2-5 players) Each round consists of 2 players drawing 1 card each and declaring their countries. Player 1 asks a question as in Game 2 WAR. The winner can either keep the card they are holding or change cards with the losing player. Then both players place a piece on their acquired country on the map board. Play now continues with player 2 and player 3. The game ends when all the country cards have been used. Points are scored for linked countries: 1 point for each contiguous country, minimum 3. Any 3 island nations (UK, Ireland, Iceland, Malta, Cyprus), or micro-states (Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Vatican, San Marino) scores 5 points. Games Currently Available (2019 editions): Europe, Asia, Africa, U.S.A, Japan. Africa is available as a free download so you can get a sense of the quality of the product. Also available are free downloads of all game boards (PDF and png files), and flag cards (PDF). You can order factory-quality game cards (plastic or linen), game pieces, and game boards at CompellingGames.com.
Africa 2019:  Geography Card Games
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Africa 2019: Geography Card Games

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AFRICA 2019 GEOGRAPHY SKILLS Country names, spatial relationships, capitals, languages, nationalities, and physical, demographic and economic data for 54 nations. LEVEL: beginner to advanced; mixed levels OK AGES: 8 and up PLAYERS: 2-5 GAME TIME: WAR 5-10 minutes, HOLIDAY 10-20 minutes, LINK 20-30 minutes For players with low geographic knowledge, it is suggested that the games be learned in the following order. GAME 1: HOLIDAY (2-5 players) Players start at Western Sahara (gray space on the map), draw a card, roll the dice, and move their piece that many spaces naming all the countries passed through. When the destination is reached, a new card is drawn. If a mistake is made the player returns to the last correctly named country. The other players can look at a map key to ensure countries are named correctly. The game ends after a fixed number of turns (for example 10). When a player reaches their destination, the remainder of their movement is forfeited and they must wait until their next turn to start the journey home. A player may not pass through an occupied country. A player may not visit the same country twice on the same turn. A player can move fewer spaces than the number on the die. GAME 2: WAR (2 players) Both players draw a card and declare their country’s name. Player 1 asks a question from the question cards. If player 2 answers correctly, or has the better rank or larger number, player 2 wins and keeps both cards. Play alternates until a fixed number of rounds is completed. Questions can be chosen by the players based on their existing geographical knowledge, or in a fixed order, or randomly. A subset of the questions to be used may be decided before play begins. GAME 3: LINK (2-5 players) Each round consists of 2 players drawing 1 card each and declaring their countries. Player 1 asks a question as in Game 2 WAR. The winner can either keep the card they are holding or change cards with the losing player. Then both players place a piece on their acquired country on the map board. Play now continues with player 2 and player 3. The game ends when all the country cards have been used. Points are scored for linked countries: 1 point for each contiguous country, minimum 3. Any 3 island nations (Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde) scores 5 points. Currently available (2019 editions): Europe, Asia, Africa, U.S.A, Japan. Africa is available as a free download so you can get a sense of the quality of the product. Also available are free downloads of all game boards (PDF and png files), and flag cards (PDF). You can order factory-quality game cards (plastic or linen), game pieces, and game boards at CompellingGames.com.
Asia 2019:  Geography Card Games
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Asia 2019: Geography Card Games

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STATES OF THE WORLD Geography Card Games ASIA 2019 GEOGRAPHY SKILLS Country names, spatial relationships, capitals, languages, nationalities, and physical, demographic and economic data of 51 Asian nations, territories, and Australia. LEVEL: beginner to advanced; mixed levels OK AGES: 8 and up PLAYERS: 2-5 GAME TIME: WAR 5-10 minutes, HOLIDAY 10-20 minutes, LINK 20-30 minutes For players with low geographic knowledge, it is suggested that the games be learned in the following order. GAME 1: HOLIDAY (2-5 players) Players start at Turkey, draw a card, roll the dice, and move their piece that many spaces naming all the countries passed through. If a mistake is made the player returns to the last correctly named country. The other players can look at a map key to ensure countries are named correctly. When a player reaches their destination, the remainder of their movement is forfeited and they must wait until their next turn to start the journey home. Once back in Turkey, a new card is drawn. The game ends after a fixed number of turns. A player may not pass through an occupied country. A player can move fewer spaces than the number on the die. Entering China or Russia ends your movement for that turn and you move at half speed on your next turn. GAME 2: WAR (2 players) Both players draw a card and declare their country’s name. Player 1 asks a question from the question cards. If player 2 answers correctly, or has the better rank or larger number, player 2 wins and keeps both cards. Play alternates until a fixed number of rounds is completed. Questions can be chosen by the players based on their existing geographical knowledge, or in a fixed order, or randomly. A subset of the questions to be used may be decided before play begins. GAME 3: LINK (2-5 players) Each round consists of 2 players drawing 1 card each and declaring their countries. Player 1 asks a question as in Game 2 WAR. The winner can either keep the card they are holding or change cards with the losing player. Then both players place a piece on their acquired country on the map board. Play now continues with player 2 and player 3. The game ends when all the country cards have been used. Points are scored for linked countries: 1 point for each contiguous country, minimum 3. Any 3 island nations (Maldives, Sri Lanka, Timor Lest, Indonesia, Australia, Philippines, Taiwan), or any 3 micro-territories (Hong Kong, Macau, Brunei, Singapore, Bahrain) scores 5 points. Currently available (2019 editions): Europe, Asia, Africa, U.S.A, Japan. Africa is available as a free download so you can get a sense of the quality of the product. Also available are free downloads of all game boards (PDF and png files), and flag cards (PDF). You can order factory-quality game cards (plastic or linen), game pieces, and game boards at CompellingGames.com.
BUNDLE ALL MY GEOGRAPHY CARD GAMES
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BUNDLE ALL MY GEOGRAPHY CARD GAMES

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Get all of my geography card games in one place for a discount. STATES OF THE WORLD Geography Card Games GEOGRAPHY SKILLS Country names, spatial relationships, capitals, languages, nationalities, and physical, demographic and economic data ESL SKILLS Geographic and economic vocabulary, comparatives, dialogue practice Reading and comparing large numbers and ordinals LEVEL: beginner to advanced; mixed levels OK AGES: 10 and up PLAYERS: 2-5 GAME TIME: WAR 5-10 minutes, HOLIDAY 10-20 minutes, LINK 20-30 minutes For players with low geographic knowledge, it is suggested that the games by played in the given order. Simplified rules are below. Detailed rules are included in the download. GAME 1: HOLIDAY (2-5 players) Players start at a predetermined country, draw a card, roll the dice, and move their piece that many spaces naming all the countries passed through. When the destination is reached, a new card is drawn. If a mistake is made the player returns to the last correctly named country. The other players can look at a map key to ensure countries are named correctly. GAME 2: WAR (2 players) Both players draw a card and declare their country. Player 1 asks a question from the question cards. If player 2 answers correctly, or has the better rank or larger number, player 2 wins and keeps both cards. Play alternates until a fixed number of rounds is completed. Questions can be chosen by the players based on their existing geographical knowledge, or in a fixed order, or randomly. A subset of the questions to be used is decided before play begins. Weaker players can only be asked level 1 questions. GAME 3: LINK (2-5 players) Each round consists of 2 players drawing 1 card each and declaring their countries. Player 1 asks a question as in Game 2 WAR. The winner can either keep the card they are holding or change cards with the losing player. Then both players place a piece on the map board. Play now continues with player 2 and player 3. The game ends when all the country cards have been used. Points are scored for linked countries (1 point for each contiguous country, minimum 3). You can order factory-quality game cards (plastic or linen), game pieces, and game boards at CompellingGames.com
U.S.A 2019:    Geography Card Games
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U.S.A 2019: Geography Card Games

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TYPE: Three card games with game board SKILLS: Geographic knowledge of 50 American states, D.C., 2 commonwealths (Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands), and 3 territories (Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa) including: capitals, population, relative size, highest point, admission to the union, agricultural commodities, and major industries. LEVEL: beginner to advanced; mixed levels OK AGES: 8 and up PLAYERS: 2-5 GAME TIME: WAR: 5-10 minutes, LINK: 20-30 minutes, HOLIDAY: 10-20 minutes. GAME ENDS: When all the cards have been played. INCLUDED IN THE DOWNLOAD: (all PDF) game board (46 by 46 cm), state cards, flag cards, rules, question cards, name key. A PNG file of the game board is also included (5400 by 5400 px at 300 dpi) States of the World is a collection of board and card games drawing on basic geographical knowledge of several types including country names and locations, capital cities, and relative sizes of land masses, populations and economies. There is some element of luck (cards are drawn) but it is essentially a strategy game as players make decisions each round in their attempt to fulfill the winning criteria. The games can be tailored to suit any level of geographical knowledge and can also be enjoyed by groups of mixed geographic and English abilities. Visit CompellingGames.com for detailed rules, photos, free updates and if you need to buy physical playing cards (plastic or linen) or sturdy game boards. Digital downloads of all the games are also available there. Currently available: Europe, Asia, U.S.A, Japan. Africa is available as a free download so you can get a sense of the quality. GAME 1: LINK (2-5 players) Each round consists of 2 players drawing 1 card each and playing a mini-war (as in the card game War). Both players say the name of their country but keep their card hidden from view. Player 1 asks a question from the question card. A player wins the round by having the higher number (or better rank) in the category chosen by the questioner; or by answering the question correctly. The winner can either keep the card they are holding or change cards with the losing player. Then both players place a piece on the map board. Play now continues with player 2 and player 3. The game ends when all the country cards have been used. Points are scored for linked countries (1 point for each contiguous country, minimum 3). GAME 2: WAR A War-type card game can be played if you only have 5-10 minutes to spare. Follow the same routine as above, except the winner keeps both cards. GAME 3: HOLIDAY Players start at a predetermined space, draw a card, roll the dice, and move their piece that many spaces naming all the countries passed through. When the destination is reached, a new card is drawn.
Japan 2019:  Geography Card Games
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Japan 2019: Geography Card Games

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TYPE: Three different card games with game board map SKILLS: Geographic knowledge of the names and locations and other features of the 47 prefectures of Japan LEVEL: beginner to advanced; mixed levels OK AGES: 10 and up PLAYERS: 2-5 GAME TIME: LINK 20-30 minutes, WAR 5-10 minutes, HOLIDAY 10-20 minutes GAME ENDS: When all the cards have been played INCLUDED IN THE DOWNLOAD: (all PDF) game board (46 by 46 cm), prefectural cards, rules, question cards, map key, flag cards. A PNG file of the game board is also included (5400 by 5400 px at 300 dpi) States of the World is a collection of board and card games designed to improve number reading, provide conversation practice using comparatives, and to develop geographical knowledge of several types including country/prefectural names and locations, capital cities, and relative sizes of land masses, populations and economies. There is some element of luck (cards are drawn) but it is essentially a strategy game as players make decisions each round in their attempt to fulfill the winning criteria. The games can be tailored to suit any level of geographical knowledge and can also be enjoyed by groups of mixed geographic and English abilities. Visit CompellingGames.com for detailed rules, photos, free updates and if you need to buy physical playing cards (plastic or linen) or sturdy game boards. Digital downloads of all the games are also available there. Currently available: Europe, Asia, U.S.A, Japan. Africa is available as a free download so you can get a sense of the quality. GAME 1: LINK (2-5 players) Each round consists of 2 players drawing 1 card each and playing a mini-war (as in the card game War). Both players say the name of their prefecture but keep their card hidden from view. Player 1 asks a question from the question card. A player wins the round by having the higher number (or better rank) in the category chosen by the questioner; or by answering the question correctly. The winner can either keep the card they are holding or change cards with the losing player. Then both players place a piece on the map board. Play now continues with player 2 and player 3. The game ends when all the country cards have been used. Points are scored for linked prefectures (1 point for each contiguous prefecture, minimum 3). GAME 2: WAR A War-type card game can be played if you only have 5-10 minutes to spare. Follow the same routine as above, except the winner keeps both cards. GAME 3: HOLIDAY Players start at a predetermined space, draw a card, roll the dice, and move their piece that many spaces naming all the prefectures passed through. When the destination is reached, a new card is drawn.