Sources Card Game Instruction

Hi everyone today we’re going to learn

how to play Sources. Sources a card game

originally created by Andrew Walsh which

was available online through a Creative

Commons license.

We’ve adapted from its original version

to better reflect the needs of our user.

In sources there are two decks of cards

will be using, the “source cards” and the

“assignment cards”. Start the game by

shuffling and dealing out 2 assignment

cards to each player.

These should be kept face up in front of


The remainder of the assignment cards

should be placed in the middle of the

table face down. You will draw new

assignments from the pile as you

complete assignments currently in your

hand. Next deal out 4 source cards to each

player. Place the remaining source cards

face down in the middle of the table. This

becomes the draw pile. Place one source

card face up beside the source card pile.

This card can be picked up instead of

choosing a new source card from the

face down pile. Now each person should

have 2 assignment cards and 4 source

cards in front of them. Since there’s a

lot of information on the assignment


let’s quickly have a closer look at the

assignment card. In Sources there are a

number of different assignments for you

to complete. The number and diversity of

sources needed to complete them depends

on the difficulty of the assignment.

Let’s look at what information you are

given on an assignment card. Name of the

assignment, this tells you what

assignment you are trying to complete.

These range from verbal presentations

all the way to term papers. Value for

completing the assignment, this tells you

how much the assignment is worth towards

your final score. In Sources, completing

assignments gives you points. The player

with the highest score at the end of the

game is the winner. Brief assignment


This tells you what is required to

complete the assignment. However you will

need to read the detailed assignment

requirements below to see exactly what

is needed to complete the assignment.

Detailed assignment description,

you should read this part of the

assignment card very carefully. This

tells you what is required to complete

the assignment. In this example we need:

3 academic journals and once you

have the 3 academic journals you can

use to of any other type of

source to complete the assignment.

Visual representation of sources required to

complete the assignment. This is a quick

visualization of what you need to

complete the assignment. Each source has

a unique image associated with it. As you

can see here, we need 3 academic

journals, the addition sign means you can

use 2 of any other sources to complete

the assignment to make up the 5

resources required. Remember, like in real

life it is important to read each

assignment requirement carefully in

order to complete it correctly.

Choose a player to go first,

this could be the youngest player or

the player who most recently visited the

library. The first player can choose to

either draw from the face down source

cards or from the card currently in the

face of position. Once the player has picked

up a new source card they have the

option to complete an assignment. If this

isn’t possible

play continues to the player on the left.

If a player is able to complete an

assignment they can demonstrate that by

showing the other players that they have

the required sources. In this case, we

have the necessary resources needed to

complete an assignment. We have 3

academic journals, 1 book and a

dictionary or encyclopedia. This fulfills

the requirements of this assignment. Once

the assignment has been completed, the

player can arrange the sources used to

complete the assignment in any order and

place them in the face up position. This

becomes the discard pile. Remember:

players can choose the top card during

their turn

so there can be strategy and how you

discard them. Keep any completed

assignments near you. You will add up

these point values at the end of the

game. Once an assignment has been

completed, draw a new assignment card. You

should always have 2. If you cannot draw

up a new assignment card

the game is over. The highest scoring

player when no more assignment cards can

be drawn as the winner. Also, if

completing an assignment brings you

below 4 source cards

remember to draw enough cards to get you

back to 4. You should always have at

least four cards in your hand.

In Sources, there are a number of “wild

cards” which have different benefits.

These are powerful cards, make sure to

read them carefully so that you

understand what they do. And that is the

basic rules for playing Sources! More

detailed instructions can be found in

the full ruleset in the description


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