Welcome to the wonderful world of Otters!
Otters is a 10-minute card game for kids (ages 6 and up) and otter-loving adults. It’s a deck of 53 custom cards, with photos of otters, lakes and an ornery alligator.
The basic Otters game is for 2 players, or for 2 teams of 2 players each. If you have two decks, you can play with 3-4 individual players (two-deck games take about 20 minutes instead of 10).
The goal of Otters is to win the most valuable collection of lake playgrounds. There are 3 playground cards face-up on the table, each of which has a value between 2 and 10.
On your turn, you will send your otters to play at the lakes. Play 2 cards from your hand, either both to the same playground or to 2 different playgrounds. Check to see if the total number of otters at any of the playgrounds is at least as high as the playground’s value; if so, you win that playground!
When you’re done, draw until you have 4 cards in your hand, and put new playgrounds on the board if needed so that there are always 3 lakes.
Once all the playgrounds have been won, add up the value of your playgrounds, plus 5 bonus points if you collected three of a particular color lake. The player with the most points wins!
Otters is available on a print-on-demand basis from DriveThruCards.com. You can order it right here! The basic version there comes as a deck of cards without a box, but you have the option of adding a clear plastic deck box. The rules come on cards as part of the deck, but I recommend printing a copy of the more-nicely-formatted rule sheet right here.
Michael Iachini – Designer and publisher of Otters