The first logical change for playing cards in 500 years
Created just in time for the 21st century
ZByte Games is available for sale in toto,|
including all products, prototypes, registered USA trademark and domain name. Click here for further information
The test marketing of ZByte playing cards has ended. ZByte is a current, national
trademark and domain name, but the company is not selling to stores or the public.
However, a very few decks of cards with game books, professionally printed by
one of Las Vegas's best printers, are available to game developers and reviewers
or to prospective buyers of this company.
Personal checks only
No PayPal -- No credit cards -- USA shipping only
Make check out to "P. Layer" and mail to:
PO Box 620660
Woodside, CA 94062-0660
Playing cards continue to be the foremost tool
of the game player. This is proof of the grandeur of the original
design--basically unchanged for 500 years, except for stylistic
changes to improve visibility for fast play. What was needed was
a way to allow new uses of the ancient design while preserving
compatibility for playing all of the wonderful traditional
games that have evolved over the centuries.
ZByte's design accomplishes this with its new high-tech suits that
have their functional meaning derived from nineteenth-century
Boolean logic and twentieth-century technology. Yet, its use of
just four suits maintains a design simplicity that may be enjoyed by
card players of all ages. In addition, its number cards, Ace through ten,
binary numbers are printed alongside their decimal equivalents.
ZByte contains the traditional number cards, aces, jacks, queens, and kings, but
with four special card suits derived from the basic Boolean principles of all computers
and all Web search engines. Also, included are two robot "IF-THEN"
logic jokers and face cards of famous scientists, including Mary Fairfax Somerville,
Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Sophie Germain, Lady Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage,
George Boole, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and Blaise Pascal. Its jacks are
cyberworld robots. All designs are original and include fractal
computer art patterns.
The suits of ordinary playing cards were invented in fifteenth-century
France: tréfle (club), carreau (diamond), pique (spade), and
coeur (heart). Their meanings, if any, play no role in card games
today--the four ancient suits function only as separators.
In contrast, ZByte's card suits not only serve as separation signs, but
if used as logic gates, also have universal meanings of their own
that open up the possibility for a whole new generation of games.
ZByte is a 52-card deck that may be used for all traditional
card games, such as Solitaire, blackjack, gin rummy and
Poker, as well as with new computer games, educational games,
or binary math games created at home or at school.
Board Game Geek
The Games Journal review of ZByte by Ron Hale-Evans
The World of Playing Cards review of ZByte
For more information:
ZBYTE, THE COMPANY
logic gates basics
ZByte, the board game
ZByte Slot Machine prototype
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