Emergency Games Kit

108 games in one pocket
Wednesday the 24th of August 2016
The Emergency Games Kit, v4.0 The Emergency Games Kit v4.0

I've been carrying this around for a few years now: a collection of game components that's small enough to carry in any bag or pocket, and which unpacks into a decent number of card and dice games. It's inspired by the huge plastic toolboxes of the Seattle Cosmic emergency games kits, which I admired but never really understood the "emergency" aspect of, until I realised that everyone involved presumably had a car.

This kit began in 2013 as dice, plastic poker chips and a half-sized deck of regular playing cards. The deck was later replaced with a custom-printed one which included added corner numbers (0-5 in six "circle" suits, and numbers 1 through 35, which is enough to play a lot of things) and scanned-in chunks from games I already owned. It's the portable MP3 player version of my games collection.

The kit includes the Freeze-Dried Games Pack, a mixed bag of 100-word rulesets for card, dice, paper and word games that I've been compiling.

As of April 2017 the kit stands at 28 modern games playable with the card deck, and 80 in the Freeze-Dried set, for a total of 108 games.

(I've since published a cut-down version of the card deck as The Skeleton Deck.)

Version 4.1

Full contents:

It all fits inside the pencil case, the chips being bound with two rubber bands in a single stack.

List of games

An emergency game of Santorini in a cafe Emergency Santorini

Modern games in and around the card deck:

The kit also includes 80 small games from the Freeze-Dried Games Pack (Yahtzee, Boggle, Lynx, etc), all playable with dice, standard poker cards and/or a pen and paper.