From the first Stetson hat to the unveiling of the first iPad, America’s history and its popular culture have gone hand in hand. See if you can remember when the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth or when Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic. Timeline: Americana takes the players through a historical tour of the popular history of the country.
At the beginning of the game, players all get the same number of cards representing historic or cultural events. On the back of each card is a date. To begin, one card is randomly drawn from those not given to players. This card is placed in the middle of the table, date-side up and is the starting point of a chronological line that will slowly be constructed by the players. The first player then chooses one of his or her cards. If the player thinks that the event on his or her card came before that of the initial card, the player places the card to the left of the initial card. If he or she feels that the event on his or her card was created after, it is placed to the right of the initial card. The player’s card is then turned date-side up. If the player was right, the card remains on the table. Otherwise, the card is discarded and a new one must be drawn to replace it. Play proceeds clockwise. The more cards that are correctly played, the harder it is to correctly place new ones. The first player to get rid of all of his or her cards wins.
This unopened, never-used Timeline: Americana card game published in 2013 by Asmodee Group promises to be an informative and enjoyable family experience for children and their parents. This card game would make for an ideal gift for any child fascinated by American history and culture as well as a thoughtful gift for an elementary, middle- or high-school history teacher who might use the game as an educational tool in his or her classroom.