What is Rainbow?
Rainbow is a casual card game designed by Curtiss Patrick. Simple enough to learn in a few minutes but with some unique features that make the game much more challenging to master, Rainbow is played with a custom 80-card deck:
- 3 cards of each rank (ten, jack, queen, king, and ace)
- in 5 colors (red, orange, green, blue, and purple)
- along with 5 wild cards (one for each rank that can be used as any color).
Rainbow is played in rounds. Each round you're dealt 15 cards which you strategically group into 5 poker hands like pairs, straights, and full houses. You'll need a 2-card, 3-card, 4-card, 5-card, and finally a 1-card hand in every round. Bid on how many of these hands you think you'll win, play the tricks (with some betting and bluffing thrown in), then count the scores. The first player to score 11 points wins!
Rainbow is a game designed for 2-5 players, takes about 20-40 minutes to play, and the suggested age range is 7+.
It's a great game for poker players to learn trick-taking, a wonderful design for trick-taking fans to get an introduction to poker, fantastic for fans of both poker and trick-taking games, and an easy-to-start game for players who have never played poker or trick-taking games... see what we did there?
The design of the cards is meant to invoke the retro feel of the classic card games Rainbow was inspired by.
Color Blind Friendly
Each of the 5 colors in the game deck is also represented by a symbol to aid players who have difficulty distinguishing colors. These symbols also make it easier for all players to identify which colors are the strongest since color is a built-in trumping order in Rainbow (learn more further down the page)!
I was informed recently that while the faded Kickstarter photos on this campaign page fit the theme well they don't offer the best vision of what the game will actually look like on the table. The image below is unfiltered. Keep in mind that the cards in the photo are from a prototype deck which isn't offset printed. The final version could have slightly different shades of the colors because of the more precise printing process used for large-scale production. The production deck will also use higher-quality card stock and have a linen finish!
You'll win a game of Rainbow by being the first player to score 11 or more points. Points are scored at the end of each round. During a round:
- Players are each dealt 15 cards.
- Players use these 15 cards to make 5 poker hands (a 2-card, 3-card, 4-card, 5-card, and finally a 1-card hand).
- Players bid on how many tricks (out of 5) they think they can win. Bidding begins with the player to the left of the dealer and moves clockwise. A bid must be higher than the current highest bid or the player passes.
- The 5 tricks are played. Players can also bet tricks that they've won on future tricks!
- Points are scored: If the highest-bidder successfully wins at least the number of tricks that they bid they get that number of points. If they fail to meet their bid everyone else at the table gets a point for each trick that they won.
How are hands ranked?
Hands are made up of poker groupings like pairs, straights, and 3 of a kinds. In Rainbow, however, only groupings of the same color count as ranked hands. For example, a player with a blue king and a purple king in the 2-card trick doesn't have a pair of kings but instead has a 1-card king high. If both kings were the same color the player would have a pair.
There are 5 wild cards, one for each rank (ten, jack, queen, king, and ace). These cards can be used as any color.
There are 8 types of ranked hands possible in the game:
- Rainbow: 5 cards of the same rank in all 5 different colors.
- 4-of-a-Kind: A 3-of-a-kind in the same color and the wild of the same rank
- Full House: A 3-of-a-kind and a pair in the same color.
- Straight: Cards of the same color in sequential order
- 3-of-a-Kind: 3 cards of the same rank and color
- 2 Pair: 2 pairs of the same color
- Pair: 2 cards of the same rank and color
- High Card: No pairs, straights, or Rainbows
Color as Trump
In Rainbow color acts as built-in trump! If 2 players both had a pair of aces the color of the pairs would decide the winner. Let's say, for example, that one player has a pair of blue aces and another player has a pair of purple aces. The purple aces win because in the event of a tie color acts as a trumping order in Rainbow and purple is the strongest color. Purple > blue > green > orange > red.
*trump refers to types of cards that beat other types of cards. In many trick-taking games suits like hearts and spades act as trump, in Rainbow color is the trump.
The chart below shows the order of hand and color rankings from highest to lowest:
In the event of an exact tie (2 players have a purple ace, for example) there are 2 possibilities.
- If one of the players was the highest bidder that player wins the trick.
- If neither player was the highest bidder they split the trick and each get credit for winning one trick.
4-Player Team Variation
There's even a 2 vs. 2 team variation (similar to bridge and euchre) for nights at the table with 4 players!
To read the full rules and view example hands visit the Rainbow card game overview page.
Our next stretch goal is for a premium video. If Rainbow reaches $7,000 in funding we'll commission The Rules Girl to make a how-to-play video for Rainbow in time for the delivery of the games. Her videos are concise and entertaining and should be a great overview for new players just starting the game!
Tantrum House Preview:
Unfiltered Gamer Review:
We enjoy Rainbow, others have enjoyed Rainbow, we want you to be able to enjoy Rainbow. We could get the game printed now but without knowing how much interest there is in Rainbow outside of our direct contacts it would be very difficult to estimate the number of decks to have produced. Because the price of decks decreases as quantity produced goes up a successful Kickstarter campaign will allow us to produce a higher-quality game for a wider audience.
Where is the Money Going?
Our goal of $5,000 is enough to cover:
- Kickstarter project fees
- Production of 500 or more units of Rainbow
- Acquiring a UPC (Universal Product Code)
- Limited marketing costs associated with running the Kickstarter campaign
- Subsidized shipping of pledges
The game design and graphic design were done in-house. Literally in our house.
We've researched, sampled, play-tested, and received production quotes for a variety of card stock and finish options from renowned offset-printing board game manufacturers. With an aim to provide cards of the highest quality at an affordable price point our current materials are the following:
- 95 cards
- 2.5" x 3.5" (standard casino poker size)
- Blue core standard - 280 GSM (grams per square meter) card stock with linen finish
- Double wide tuck box
- 8-page accordion rule book
Shipping is FREE in the US for all pledge levels! Shipping for international pledges will be charged using a pledge manager after the campaign has ended. Estimated shipping costs are below:
- US: FREE
- Canada/EU: $5
- Rest of the world: $10
- US: FREE
- Canada/EU: $10
- Rest of the world: $20
More than 2 decks
- US: FREE
- Canada/EU: $15
- Rest of the world: $25
Danger Games is a family company. Well, technically, it's just a one-man company but that man has a family. I guess you could say it is a family company because his wife and 2 oldest sons play the games all the time and help make the games better alongside our other play testers. And, in fairness, our 2 youngest kids test the durability of the cards and pieces by throwing them all over the house, tearing/bending/biting them, and almost always eating Cheetos, Oreos, and BBQ ribs before they handle them.
Curtiss Patrick - Accidental Nerd
After spending decades riding hockey buses to way-off-the-beaten-path cities and playing card games unhealthily deep into the post-game weekend nights Curtiss became a lifelong card game enthusiast. He loves the creative aspects of board game design and sneaking interesting words like "enthusiast" into sentences.
Ethan Danger Patrick - Life enthusiast
When a very young Ethan was nothing more than a sparkle in his mother's eye his parents came to an agreement that if mom could pick his first name then dad could choose his middle name. A few weeks later Ethan Danger Patrick came into the world and immediately began living up to his name. He's very creative, passionate, and all around fun... he also loves Rainbow and beats his big brother pretty regularly. The company is named after this little bundle of Danger.
Risks and challenges
The art and development of the game are complete. Logistics for shipping have been researched and prepared for. The last step is getting the game manufactured. We've gotten quotes from a number of the best, most-trusted names in the business and have narrowed our search down to 2. We will make our final decision once we know the final deck count and which materials we'll end up using based on any "pop-upgrades" occurring during the campaign.
We've added some time to our estimated delivery date in case of unexpected delays during manufacturing or shipping. We will do our best to ship the game early!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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