The Green Box of Games includes a deck of 54 cards, with a variation of colours, numbers and symbols following a precise system.
In summary, there are:
- 9 cards in each of 6 colours
- 9 cards depicting each of the 6 symbols
- 6 complete sets of the following 9 numbers: 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
The numbers have an identical distribution across colours and symbols. This means that if you sort the deck either by symbol or by colour you will get 6 complete sets of numbers.
Take a look at the images showing a complete set by colour or symbol.
Looking at the symbol series, you see the set of the Cross contains all the numbers, but that there are different numbers of cards with different colours. In this case, 2 cards each of red, white and green, and only one each of yellow, blue and black. However, if you wanted a set containing only one of each colour, you have the option to select either the 4-5-6 cards, or the 1-1-2 cards. Adding the 1-2-3 cards in the middle, you can then create a set of 6 cards with one of each colour, either containing the numbers from 1-6, or just numbers from 1-3.
All the sets of symbols work this way, and you can see the structure again in the set of red cards. This means it is easy to create a smaller deck of 36 cards, with a perfect distribution of symbols and colours, with the choice of two different number series.
To make it easier to identify and sort the different sets, we have given the cards three different hues in the background pattern, so you can quickly extract the red, green or brown cards to create different sets.
Separating the deck on the background will create three different decks of 18 cards, each containing 3 of each colour and 3 of each symbol.
Here is a simplified illustration of the whole deck laid out: