Many years ago a good friend of ours turned us on to a silly little card game called Five Crowns. Not sure if we should love or hate them for the introduction, but somehow we added the game to our regular camping supplies. (Ok in all honesty, there is a set in the china cabinet by the kitchen table, a second set that lives in the glove box of my truck, and a third set that lives permanently in our camping gear.)
Five Crowns is a five-suited rummy-style card game that is easy to learn and easy to play. Five Crowns has a unique double deck that contains 5 suits: spades, clubs, diamonds, hearts, and stars and a bunch of wilds in it too. The suits of the cards makes it easy to arrange the cards into books and runs.
There are many reasons why we enjoy this game, but one of the big advantages for us is how small and portable it is. The entire set is the size of 2 decks of cards. We can also play in a very confined space, like our tent or in the front seat of the truck if need be. When camping, other than our little transistor radio, playing cards seems to be one of the best pastimes at night. The Game is also very inexpensive, about $11.99 on amazon. In the event it gets destroyed while on a trip, I won’t be devastated.
The only issue that I had with the game is keeping score. Scoring is a little more complex than just writing down points at the end of each hand. So in about 2017 (give or take) I started looking for score cards that I could use that were specific to the game. I really didn’t find anything, or what I found was a little pricy for what it is? (more than the game as I found on amazon)
I was speaking with the same friend that got us addicted in the first place and she said that she made something in excel that she will print off a few copies and take with them when they go on a trip. What a great Idea! So I looked at few different peoples score cards wasn’t happy with what I saw. Most used a full sheet of paper, to score a game. I wanted something small, (about the size of the game itself) that I could carry with it all the time.
I also like when a game score card is in a book form so you can track your past games. This becomes especially helpful when you play while traveling. I can flip to the previous page and say something like, I totally kicked your ass at the Grand Canyon. (true story) Not only can you track the locations, but who played and the date you were there. This has become especially useful during these times of Covid. I will open a old book up and say something like, has it really been 2 years since we saw them… sigh…
OK Enough of the Blah, Blah, Blah…
I really just want to share the book I made with anyone that may want it. No, you don’t need to be a camper, hiker, backpacker, etc., to use this. If you like the game and want to use my score cards please do. I am attaching the files in PDF format so that you can make you own books. I am placing this in the “Gear” section of this blog, because Yes! This is a part of my gear.
This is a PDF file of the Score Card Page.
I have also Created a Cover and a Back Page that Includes the games rules for your reffrence
All you need to do now is assemble your books. Each of the pages is set up to do 4 books. You will need to print about 30 (you could do more) of the score pages, so that each book has a cover, 30 score pages, then a back page.
First Cut apart the pages in to 4 sections. After they are cut you will stack them into unassembled book piles.
I found this old spiral binding machine in a back closet at my work and I assembled mine with this machine. If you don’t have a machine like this, you can staple your books together or bind with what you may have. Be creative.
I hope that you found this useful. You may have better ideas on how to do the same thing, but this works for me. I have made a bunch of them and sent them to a few friends as gifts. I would like to thank Set Enterprises (Setgames.com) for this awesome game.
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