A deck of cards contains four different types of cards – tea leaf cards, palmistry cards, crystal ball cards and astrology cards. A number of cards are removed from the shuffled deck and these removed cards are not revealed to any of the players. Then the remaining cards are dealt out to the players. It is each player’s task to deduce how many of each card type are in total held by all the players combined (the initial random removal of cards at the start means that this number is randomised). To make your prediction, you place one of the four card types face-up on the table and then place one of your distinct tokens on that card type’s prediction board, on the number you think is appropriate. As the game goes on, predictions become more and more accurate because you will see more cards face-up on the table and because every few turns players will draft the cards remaining in their hands -- meaning that players have to pick half of the cards in their hand to pass to the player on their right. Several more turns in and you may have seen 20 cards in total, and you will be trying to keep track of which cards you’ve already drafted along with the cards in your hand and on the table. And this is not as easy as it sounds!
All things considered, I quickly became a big fan of Divinare after only a couple of games. Straight away, I was very impressed with the quality of the components in the box – nice thick tokens and game boards, well designed cards, plenty of score tokens and even plastic baggies to store everything in once you had punched the tokens out. I also love how the game’s theme links so well with its main mechanics (you are literally trying to divine the cards), much more so than any other game that I can readily think of.
review) to tremendous effect when I pulled out Divinare. It fell on its face so hard, I could hardly believe it. Clearly the level of concentration required made this game totally inappropriate for very relaxed, party game situations. In the right context though, Divinare is truly a fantastic game.