SET – The Family Game of Visual Perception

SET GameAn off-topic post for the weekend.  My children have benefited from a card-matching game called “SET.”  The main SET website is here, and the rules are here.

What I find interesting about the game is that the optimal strategy forces you to look for linear patterns early and then shift to nonlinear patterns later in each round.  It’s a very mathematical game, and the cards are functionally equivalent to unique 4-digit base three numbers.  (Don’t tell the kids that, or it won’t be fun any more.)

Full disclosure: I just like the game, and so do my kids.  I have received nothing for mentioning here, but it could be of value to parents and grandparents.