Pairs is a "New Classic Pub Game" that uses a simple deck of cards (1×1, 2×2, 3×3, and so on all the way to 10×10), a single deck of PAIRS supports more than 20 games, all of which can be found for free in THE PAIRS COMPANION.
PAIRS is a simple press-your-luck game. Players take turns taking cards, trying not to get a pair. If you get a pair, you score points (and points are bad). You can also choose to fold, instead of taking a card, and score the lowest card in play. Folding gets you some points, but catching a pair could get you even more.
Pairs doesn’t have a winner, just a loser. The first player to reach a target score loses, and the target score depends on the number of players. For example, with 4 players, the loser is the first player to 16 points.
Modegan Deck: The Modegan Deck features concepts and culture from the Modegan people, a race that's not explored in great depth (yet) in the Kingkiller Chronicle. It also contains the bonus game Blackstone, which is a Modegan traditional game rumored to be even older than Pairs.
Professor Elemental Deck: The Professor Elemental deck is a collaboration between artist Cheyenne Wright and real-life chap-hop artist Professor Elemental. The deck features the Professor and his many friends and enemies, including Sadie Bell, Geoffrey his orangutan butler, and the terrifying Badgermingo. This deck also contains the absurd bidding game Venture.
Contents: Deck of 55 Cards
Recommended Age: 12+
Number of Players: 2-8
Average Playing Time: 2 min.