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Box of Spiders
Box of Spiders
by (Self-Published), (Web published) (2009)
Player Count
2 to 4

Player Ages

Playing Time
15 minutes
  • Card Game
  • Abstract Strategy
  • Print & Play
  • Designers
  • Stephen Tavener
  • Mechanisms
  • Point to Point Movement
  • Artists
  • Mark Campo
  • Family
  • Traditional Card Games
  • Animals: Spiders
  • Animals: Flies
  • Rating: 6/10 from 3 users


    "If you start with a box of spiders, pretty soon you're left with one mean looking spider."

    BoS is played with a standard deck of playing cards, including two jokers.

    Deal the cards into 6x9 grid; this forms the playing area. Number cards should be dealt face-up. Picture cards and jokers should be dealt face down.

    Standard 2 player game:
    - Player 1 has the red number cards (red spiders)
    - Player 2 has the black number cards (black spiders)
    - Court cards and jokers are flies

    Each turn consists of a player making a capture:
    - The player moves a spider of their colour over any number of friendly pieces and empty spaces onto any fly or an enemy spider of equal or lower value.
    - Movement is orthogonal only
    - If no capture is posible, the player must pass

    When both players pass, the game ends. Players score 1 point for each remaining spider of their colour, and 1 point for each captured card.

    3-4 player rules:
    Each player gets the number cards in 1 suit. In a 3 player game, there will be a neutral colour of spider. These do not move, but can be captured according to the normal rules.

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