2nd March and the 2nd game of the night at Matakishi's beckons.
Sleeping Queens is a little card game. It was invention of a 6 year old girl trying to get to sleep one night that became Sleeping Queens.
The game consists of a deck of cards and a number of 'Queen' cards. Sleeping Queens is won by collecting queen cards. Each queen card is worth a number of points and the game is won when a player reaches the point limit (which differs according to the number of players).
The queen cards are all spread out face down in the gaming area. 5 cards from the deck are randomly dealt to each player. Player proceeds clockwise and each player gets to play 1 card or discard. There are 7 types of cards:
There are a couple of other rules, but that's the gist of the game.
Sleeping Queens is a light game and definitely skews towards younger players, especially with the slightly educational nature of discarding number cards. But it also has a quick set up and quick play time. Making it a pleasant little filler game or something to end the evening with - especially if you've spent the last couple of hours on some brain-melting strategy game!
One last thing worth mentioning is the art direction. All the artwork is genuinely whimsical, as is the naming of the kings and queens such as Ladybug Queen, Doughnut King, Rainbow Queen etc. It lends the game a I guess sort of appealing timeless quality.