When Rick Gowan and Jim MacDonald originally invented the game, there were nearly 200 cards in the deck and the game included the entire periodic table and many duplicates to make the game play properly. As they play tested the game in classrooms, they discovered that games would take too long to complete and that the total number of cards in the main deck needed to be reduced.
Soon thereafter, they exhibited in the Inventor's Corner of the Canadian Toy and Hobby Show and met a large number of distributors and retailers of games. Rick and Jim learned that 200 cards was just too many cards.
After much additional research and test play, the right quantity of cards in each game was determined to be 107 cards. In the final version of the game there are 57 chemical element cartoon cards, 27 duplicate chemical element cartoon cards (needed for game play), 11 special Rare Earth Icon cards and 12 Energy Cards. With this assortment of cards, 2 players can finish a game in less than 40 minutes; 3 or 4 players can finish even sooner. With 107 cards the game allows for fast fun and can be sold for the affordable price of $19.95.
Reducing the game to 107 cards made it necessary for Rick and Jim to leave 49 chemical elements out of the official game. But the inventors knew that some players would want to collect the entire periodic table. So, LeapCloud Inc. will soon be making it possible for you to collect the remaining cards needed to complete the entire periodic table of Rare Earth Chemical Element Card Game cards.
Because there are quite a few Rare Earth icon cards in the second deck, we'll be providing rules for incorporating these cards into your main deck. The symmetry of cards in the game is very delicate and the addition of too many Rare Earth icon cards would change the way the game plays. Basically the rule is, if you add a card from the secondary deck, you must remove a similar card from the main deck. In that way your main deck will always provide you with a balanced and fun game of Rare Earth. Of course, you can always keep your secondary deck separate and use it exclusively for creating your own wall-sized periodic table of Rare Earth Game cards.
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