Light Speed is a lightning-fast card game of space combat about identical teams of spaceships dropping out of hyperspace to do battle over an extremely important asteroid.
The most popular among our acclaimed Hip Pocket Games series, Light Speed is a real-time card game designed by Tom Jolly and James Ernest. With the decks below, up to 5 players can play!
Each player has a deck of 10 spacehsips. Players shuffle and then play their cards as fast as they like, setting up shots on a central Asteroid as well as enemy ships. When the first player has played all 10 cards, everyone must stop; then there's a scoring round where the ships take turns shooting each other.
It's a frenzied game and it's quite easy to wind up shooting your own ships, or nothing at all.
Light Speed was released in 2003 and has remained in print since then, and now we are offering a free print-and-play version. You can also buy a Light Speed deck from Drive Thru Cards.
Light Speed at Drive Thru Cards: We're pleased to announce that Light Speed is available from Drive Thru Cards. They make high-quality print-on-demand playing cards at amazing prices. The Light Speed Deck is only $11.99 and contains five 10-card fleets (with different colored faces and backs) as well as four asteroid cards for setting up different scenarios. The Light Speed deck is printed on durable casino-quality cardstock for hours of space-shooting action.
The Free Version: Note that the rulebook below is a straight PDF of the original 2003 rulebook. We will make a "creative commons" edition of the rules as soon as we get the chance. Per a recent request, we've also made a PDF containing round cards, at 2.5" across. We have no idea how best to make cards out of this, but here is the artwork, just the same.
Here are the files you will need to play Light Speed:
- Light Speed Cards (PDF, 9.2 Mb)
- Light Speed Card Backs (Optional PDF, 310 kb)
- Light Speed Rule Book (PDF, 255 Kb)
- Light Speed Round Cards (optional; PDF, 10.7 Mb)