Six Generations is an educational, family history card game for people ages 6 and up.

The game recreates for the players the history of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, following the period of European immigration to America.

Players compete to create a family tree of 64 characters spanning six generations. While playing, the participants will come to realize how many people were responsible for their own heritage, and for their own culture and history.

Players will learn 72 most popular male and female first names, look at ethnic costumes of Europeans and Americans and memorize 20 European nations. In the corners of the cards are US flags, reflecting the number of stars were on the flag at that particular point in time. Costumes reflect times and eras in US history, and the US flags reflect the number of States that existed in that time era.

The root of the game are depictions of immigrant families six generations ago, who came from Europe to the United States in the first half of the 19th century. The later generations show their descendants from one generation to the next that ultimately are the ancestors of Emily and Jacob, brother and sister living in the United States of 2005. As the cards are played, these five generations of Emily and Jacob's ancestors will appear.

The game contains 72 cards. They have a distribution as below:

36 male  (BLACK NUMBERS)       36 females (RED NUMBERS)
20 "6th" generation                                 20 "6th" generation  
8 "5th" generation                                  
8 "5th" generation
4 "4th" generation                                   4 "4th" generation
2 "3rd" generation                                   2 "3rd" generation
1 "2nd" generation                                 
1 "2nd" generation
1 "1st" generation - Jacob                      1 "1st" generation - Emily

6th Generation cards bear images of the immigrating Europeans, representing 20 different nations of origin. The cards depict the clothing styles prevalent in that country, in that time period.

5th Generation cards are the American descendants of the 6th Generation immigrants, and depict clothing styles from the Victorian era, down to the American Civil War, around 1865 or so.

4th Generation represent the early decades of the 20th Century, down through World War One.

3rd Generation represents World War Two - Vietnam War era clothes.

2nd Generation represents the most recent generation, from the end of Vietnam War to the current time.

Jacob and Emily, also known as 1st Generation, are dressed contemporarily to the era this game is being designed, the end of the 20th century, the beginning of the 21st.

A game can last from five to thirty minutes, depending on strategic play, cards drawn, and the speed at which the players recognize Couples.

HOW TO WIN the game:
The first person to run out of cards wins the game.

The game may also be played until only one player is left.

Shuffle the deck and deal six cards, one at a time face down to each player. Players may pick up and hold these cards as a ‘hand’. Place the rest of the deck face down in the center of the table, reachable to all players.

Each player must play a card, if able, onto the table top. If he cannot play, a player must draw a card from the top of the Deck, until one he draws CAN be played.

   In the beginning of the game, a player MUST play a 6th Generation card. 
   2.   A 6th Generation card that “Makes a COUPLE” is one that is of the same rank, of the opposite sex, that is from the same Nation.
   3.   A 5th Generation card cannot be played until a 6th Generation COUPLE is on the table. A 5th Generation card played on a COUPLE of 6th Generation is their CHILD. Whenever a CHILD is played on a previous generation, the older generation cards are removed from play (they are “completed”.) Place completed couples face down adjacent to the deck (they are not used for the rest of the game.)
   4.   A 4th Generation card cannot be played until two 5th Generation Parents of opposite sex are in play, and so on down to Emily and Jacob. The players may build on these sets as their turn comes, either placing one card or drawing from the deck if necessary until one may be placed.

- If a player doesn't have the correct card to play, he must draw from the deck until he does;
- Any player must place no more than one card during his or her turn;
- Sixth Generation is the only Generation which may be placed on the table without being a Child to an earlier Generation;
- Only one Child can be played on a Couple. (Firstborn children are the only ones this game tracks.)
- It is possible for a player to run out of cards (and win the game) before Emily and Jacob are played.
- Each set is built up with a male and female from each generation, #6 down to #1.
- There are total of six rows the players can build in this game; each row, or line, represents new generation.

If at any time of the game one player gets both cards #1 (Emily and Jacob) they can be played down below the Generations, regardless of whether their parents are yet in play. This is the only time you can play more than one card out of your hand at one time.

Since each player may only play one card per turn, when you play a 6th Generation card, do NOT identify the COUPLE it makes until you need to use it by yourself at one of your next turns. Watching the 6th Generation cards even while you are looking for places to play your later Generations, you can sometimes catch a Couple others are missing, and maybe get rid of one of the spare 5 Generation cards in your hand.

"Six Generations: Immigration From Europe To America Edition", an innovative card game designed and published by Fyodor Soloview, is a pleasant example of information coupled with entertainment. This game contains a set of 72 cards with pictures of six generations of immigrants belonging to a family who came to the United States from sixteen European nations in the first half of the nineteenth century. The latest generation consists of the siblings Emily and Jacob, currently living in the United States; and the other five generations represent their ancestors.

The 72 cards, comprising pictures of 36 men and 36 women, are divided into six categories. Each category portrays a different generation. Players are dealt six cards each, and they are allowed to dispose of a card when the person whose picture is printed on it matches the generation of the card played by the previous players. The ultimate objective of the game is for each player to get rid of all her cards, and the winner is the first one to do so.

Recommended for ages six to adult, "Six Generations" is a highly engaging concept aimed at providing wholesome entertainment. It would be a welcome addition to any family's personal collection of games. This game also has educational value, as it provides useful clues to the different types of clothing worn by the people from different nations and time periods that are featured on its cards. Fyodor Soloview's creative idea is well complemented by the appealing artwork of Andrey Ayoshin and Lyudmila Lygina.                       BookWire Review, May 18, 2005

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of players:
from 2 up to 12.

Immigration from Europe to America
 Please, print updated rules to play the game without board,
and on the board.

"The pack consists of 72 cards representing people of six generations. There are couples from 20 countries of early 19th century Europe and five generations of American descendants (16, 8, 4, 2 and 2 cards) which can be laid out in various ways to form a family tree, the last generation of which is a brother and sister living at the start of the 21st century.

Players are dealt 6 cards each and take turns to add a person to the family tree, starting from the European generation and adding descendants, and drawing cards when unable to play."


The First Game Review - by Bookwire/Bowker.


Review by the Six Generations card game player
KEVIN TUBBS, Alaskan inventor of the beverage pouch.
(Kevin R. Tubbs is a resident of Alaska, USA for 30 years. After being the Owner of a liquor store and the Owner of a restaurant in Anchorage Downtown, Kevin Tubbs invented a highly specialized stand-up beverage pouch, availble for sale at the website of his company

Six Generations is a fast paced action card game simulating the immigration of European settlers into America. There are several variations, allowing you to make up your own games with these colorful cards.

Younger players learn matching and sequence, while older players can work up finer details of winning strategy.

You can easily learn this game, and the first round printing of these cards are sure to become collectors items.

It is no matter what age the player, the colors and symbolism in the cards are easily recognized. Wagers may be placed in advanced versions of the game, similar to poker.

Try Six Generations, you will love it! Children often learn by playing, isnt it time they learned about how America was populated? Perhaps this will inspire them to ask questions about their own heritage.

How many Generations are in your family?



John McLeod, United Kingdom, Author of World Encyclopedia of Card Games,