What possessed a Web developer to make a card game? Well during the social distancing measures caused by COVID-19 , I think many of us were looking for a solution to cope with the isolation. I suppose for me it awakened a little creativity.
As an Internet developer, I’ve always found fascinating the correlations between the rise of the Hanseatic League in Medieval Europe and the rise of the Web. There are two similarities that stand out most to me. First is the gradual loss of control by the old guards of commerce. Second is the increase of pirate activity caused by the subsequent loss of regulation.
As the world comes to grip with tackling the issue of reigning in the Internet, perhaps we all can take note of what the Hanseatic League accomplished during similar challenges?
The capital of the League was in Lübeck. In this card game players do their best to complete all the trades with the goods coming into Lübeck’s port. It’s based off a solid solitaire engine by Mark Brown, but it can also be played with two to four players.
The game’s instructions may be downloaded here for free. Lübeck can be played with any standard 52 card deck and one Joker. If you have any questions or comments on the game, please check out the forum here.
In this unboxing video I get to show off a custom deck created just for Lübeck! I’d like to give a special thanks to the Game Crafter who went out of their way to make sure we received a copy of the game before the 2021 Solitaire Contest ended!
If you like the game, please feel free to vote for Lübeck here! The custom deck is published under Creative Commons and available for purchase at cost. If you’d like to get a copy, please purchase it here and enjoy!