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Oh Snap!

Christian Gomez & John Greg Gomez, Tiny Hands Media

Oh Snap! is a new card game designed by 10 year-old Christian Gomez and his father.  Oh Snap! uses common gestures and sign language in a game where players challenge each other to act a little silly, and perhaps learn a few new signs along the way.

Players begin with 10 to 20 tokens each (i.e. pennies, beans, etc.) and are dealt 5 cards from the deck.  The “bank” of tokens (20 times the number of players) is set in the middle of the table, between the draw and discard piles.  The game begins with the youngest player, and proceeds in a clockwise fashion.

Cards display GESTURES for players to challenge a player of their choice to perform, ideally as silly as possible.  Cards also display POINTS to be gained by the player playing that card, either from the player being challenged (number with MINUS sign) or from the “bank” (number with PLUS sign).  In addition to the gesture cards, there are SPECIAL cards that block challenges and other effects.

The game ends when players have accumulated enough tokens to “break the bank,” at which point all yell: “OH SNAP!”  Tokens are then tallied and the player with the most is the winner!

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