More details of one of the games from the Leeds workshop - thanks David Porter and team :-D
*or refin’ hell*
are a variety of ways in which this card game can be played, including
ones based on the card games Happy Families and Go Fish! The following
rules describe the basic version of the Referencing Card game derived
play wise from the card game Rummy.
game is probably best played with 2-4 people, although a game involving
6 players is possible. The aim of the game is for a player to complete
a reference by obtaining all the required elements for a Book, Journal
Article or Webpage. A deck of 52 cards is used, each of these cards
either bears an element required to complete a reference or a dummy
For a Book the elements required are:
oAuthor / Editor name(s)
oYear the book was published
oTitle of the book
oEdition (if not the first)
oPlace book was published
For a Journal Article the elements required are:
oAuthor / Editor name(s)
oYear the Journal was published
oTitle of Journal Article
oFull Title of Journal
oVolume and issue of Journal
oPages on which Article appears in Journal
For an Online Webpage the elements required are:
oAuthor / Editor / Source name(s)
oYear information was created
oTitle of web document / page
oUniform Resource Locator
in the deck are dummy elements cards featuring characteristics which
are not included in a reference but are commonly included by mistake.
order to ensure each player has a hand of five cards there are some
elements which can be merged; such as place of publication and
publisher or the page numbers of article, volume and issue of Journal.
There are also shared elements which can be used to create parts of
virtually any reference; such as the name(s) of an Author / Editor, or
Year of Publication. Frequency of cards can be
altered depending upon number of player. Dummy Element could be altered
to feature more common errors found locally.*
Author / Editor(s).
Place of Publication: Publisher.
Title of Journal.
Volume (issue), Pages.
Available at: <URL>
game begins with the dealer giving each player a card in turn until
everyone has five cards; an additional card is then given to the first
dealt a card. The deck of cards is then placed face down so all players
can see. The person who has been dealt an additional card then has to
decide which of their cards they wish to discard, which they do by
placing it face up so all players can see. If the
player does not declare a reference then the next player then has their
turn and can either pick up the discarded card or pick one from the top
of the deck, again discarding their unwanted card face up on the pile.
This routine continues until someone declares
they have a reference and presents it to the other players.
order for a player to win they must firstly collect all the elements
required for their chosen medium type and then lay the cards down in the
correct order to form a reference. The winning hand must comprise of 3
All cards and 2 medium Specific cards (Book / Journal / Webpage) laid
out in the correct order. If any of the other players do not believe it
is correct then they can challenge the declaration
and if the challenge is correct they may switch one of their own cards
for any of the declaring player’s cards. If this results in that player
declaring a complete reference otherwise play continues with the player
who would have played next. If the declaration
is correct then that player wins and play can either commence with the
others players continuing or a new game is commenced.
to play with just cards for a single medium and the dummy cards and
then add others when players are happier with reference