New decks of cards being distributed by the Parkdale-Cromdale Community League can be used for rummy, solitaire, blackjack or poker. The beautifully designed cards are uniquely Edmonton. The ace of spades features a design that commemorates the fact the city is situated on Treaty 6 land, and the king of clubs is a beaver holding a shish kebab. Many of the cards feature whimsical designs that alone make the pack worth your while.
But the pack, available by donation at selected local shops and through the community league’s website, offers another game to play. Each card has a QR code on the back. And, when you scan it with your phone, you are given a challenge to complete. This could include donating a book to a local free library, getting involved in a community activity, nominating someone’s front yard for an award, or posting yourself doing the challenge on Instagram. (That Instagram challenge is on the back of the ace of spades, and we were always going to highlight the ace of spades, because who doesn’t love Mötörhead?)
The pack in itself is a worthy collector’s item for the person who celebrates all things Edmonton. Now, deal.