Hardback is a deck-building word game, a prequel to Paperback. As an aspiring 19th-century novelist, you work to pen your next masterpiece, earning prestige along the way. Specialize your deck in certain genres to exploit card combinations, and press your luck to draw extra cards — but make sure you can still string a word together!

OG recommends because: Hardback is a very interesting take on word building games mixing in deck building and set collection. A true favourite of us word lovers!


Ages: 10+

Time: 45-90 minutes

Designer: Jeff Beck (II), Tim Fowers

Type of Game: Set Collection / Push Your Luck / Open Drafting

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Players build a deck of letters with various powers and race to 60 fame points to win. Some of the features:

-No wilds in your deck – any card can be wild.

-Push your luck for more cards with the Ink system.

-Match genre colors to gain bonus abilities on your cards.

-New “Timeless Classic” letter cards stay in play until an opponent uses them.

In addition to the competitive race mode for 2-5 players, the base game includes several variant rules, including Literary Awards, Adverts, Player Powers, and Events; and a co-op mode for 1-4 players, in which players join forces against one of four simulated opponents, each of which is proficient in a different deck genre.

Additional information

Product Contents

50 Starting Cards
140 Letter Cards in 4 Genres (Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Romance)
45 Variant Cards, including Co-Op, Player Powers, Events, and more
5 Player Cards and Player Book Tokens
38 Ink Tokens
18 Remover Tokens
Prestige Tracker Board
First Player Marker

Product Safety

Not suitable for children under 36 months

Returns Policy

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Weight1 kg
Dimensions18 × 12 × 13 cm


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