Review: Yardmaster

Card games can often go overlooked in a gamer’s collection. And I mean that literally – a board game box is often 4 or 5 times bigger than a card game box. As Rodney Dangerfield once said, “When I was born, I was so ugly the doctor slapped my brother.” At least, I think that’s the quote I was wanting to use…

Anyway, today I want to talk about a card game that deserves some attention. Yardmaster, released in 2014, has some elements you may be familiar with – matching colors and numbers, using groups of cards to buy others – but puts them together in a whole new package.

Check out the video below to learn more, in addition to hearing far too many train puns.


  • well balanced – new players will compete with veterans in their first game
  • simple rules


  • will not blow you away with any game mechanics or concepts