Don’t L.L.A.M.A is a fun card game, easy to learn but not boring. It’s the perfect card game to play on a relaxed Friday afternoon after work with friends or family.
The original title of this game is a German acronym and stands for Lege alle Minuspunkte ab, that is, “lay down all the minus points”, with “Lama” also being the German name for “llama”.
On every turn you can either play a card, pick a card, or quit as you try to get rid of all your cards. You’ll collect markers (which count against you) for the numbers left in your hand,
but if you get rid of all your cards you can get rid of a marker, too.
Children from 8 years old and up can play the game and each round lasts about twenty minutes.
The game ends the round that at least one player has forty or more total points. Whoever has the fewest points wins!
In my opinion the game becomes more and more interesting as the number of players increases.
You can not guess the strategy of other players and you have to think very carefully about your own. Your goal is to get all the cards out of your hand so you don’t get points at the end of the round.
You play the cards you have in your hand in numerical order.
For example, the card on the table is 4. In your hand you have 1,4,5,2 and a blade card. You can play either 4 or 5 or not throw a card and pull from the stack depending on your strategy.
The lama card restarts the sequence of numbers. After the lama card, players must discard another lama card if they carry one, or the card with the number one.
I played the game with two more players and we had so much fun for a long time. Although the game concept appears to be very simple and without substance, as you play it, you’ ll understand that is deeper than you thought it was.
L.l.a.m.a is a must have filler game for hardcore gamers and a truly interesting and enjoyable game for casual gamers.