Recently a very good long time customer came to our warehouse to pick up a number (6) of games. During our exchange she questioned me about the game. The question she asked is “is the game still popular”? I was taken aback by this due to the fact she was picking up numerous games for different people which for me speaks to whether the game is still popular or not!
On the other hand, I suppose she doesn’t see the whole picture like we do so I will share some information with her and the rest of you. We currently are shipping to 25 states in the US. We have several customers who purchase multiple games for gifts and/or friends in a successful effort to save on the freight. Wisconsin, which has been a leader in playing and loving this game, continues to support us and establish new areas of play!
New pockets of activity are springing up around the country including cruise ships, church groups, senior homes and others across the US from the state of Washington to Florida and Maryland to California and of course places in between.
Thank all of you for your support and the love you have shown, it is inspiring!
This is taken from our page of instructions with some additional explanation:
The FLAG card is a card with a twist. It can be utilized as an IDENTICAL card or a WILD card. *The FLAG card is the ONLY card that can be changed back and forth (from a Red Book to a Black Book) within the SAME TABLE GROUP at any time PRIOR to closing the book. (This means a player has an option to call the book a black or a red book upon closing the book. A PLAYER CANNOT PICK UP THE FLAG CARD AND PLAY IT IN A DIFFERENT GROUP OF CARDS.) Our game adheres to the old adage that “a card laid is a card played”.
The option of making it a red (natural) book has to do with this; a player plays the FLAG card with 2 cards to help make a meld. As the play continues the player ends up with 4 more of the natural cards that were played with the FLAG card. At that point all 6 natural cards are played with the FLAG which makes the book RED or NATURAL.
The option of making the book a black book is usually when a player needs a black book to go out and has no hope of getting more of the natural card but has wild cards the player can play 2 more wild cards in the group, call the FLAG card a wild card along with 2 other wild cards and 4 natural cards and fold it up as a black book.