Monad - Strategic Action Game of Buying and Trading


Strategic Action Game of Buying and Trading

3M Company - 1970
2-4 Players


Monad is a card game. The object of the game is to collect round cards known as "Monads", which look like yin-yang symbols. The players do this by Trading, Buying and Leaping with other cards.

Monad uses a deck of cards with six colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple). Half of these are called "Warm" colors (Red, Orange and Yellow) and the others are "Cool" colors (Green, Blue, Purple). The majority of cards have one symbol on them (known as "Commons" but there is one card of each color with 2-5 colors on them (known as "Bi's", "Tri's", "Quads" and "Quints"). At the start of the game each player is assigned one of the six colors as their "identity" and is dealt six Commons and one "Bonus" card (which shows three pairs of colors). The Bis, Tris, Quads and Quints are placed face up in separate piles in the center of the table.

On their turn, a player attempts to get higher numbered cards into their hand. The easiest way is by "Trading". To trade, a player turns in a pair of cards with the same number of symbols but of opposite colors (one warm and one cool) and takes the top card from the stack with the next highest number of symbols. When they turn in two Quints, they gain a Monad. If the two cards turned in match one of the pairs on their bonus card they may also draw the top card from each of the lower stacks. They may also use cards of the same color as their Identity as wild cards which are treated as having any number of symbols.

The player can turn in more than two cards and "Leap" to a higher stack. This allows them to select a card with a higher number of symbols. Finally, they can "Buy" a card. Buying cards uses the numbers located on each card. The player turns in a number of cards which total greater than the number on the card they are after. Monads can be purchased for 80 points.

A player can also draw the top card from the deck but doing so prevents them from taking any other action that turn.

The first player to accumulate a given number of Monads (which varies depending on the number of players in the game) is the winner.


In many ways Monad is a solitaire game. The players do not interact with each other (except when another player takes the card you were wanting). It is simply a solitaire game in which the players race to see who can finish first. Still, it is an interesting game which can be quite fun to play.

Oh, the box art looks curiously like a color-blindness test chart.

3 comments on Monad:

esq32 at May 20, 2013 20:28 said:
I used to play this game when it first came out. I read the rules thoroughly; so thoroughly, in fact:

On my first turn, no matter the cards drawn, I was able to complete the game, about 10-15 minutes in total, much to the chagrin of the other players.

I won handily each time "because I read the rules, and followed them stringently."

Oh, well, so I no longer had any opponents thereafter.

Sore losers all.

GL everyone

esq32 at March 28, 2011 21:22 said:
I read and read the rules until I knew them inside out.

I was then able to play an entire game, much to the chagrin of my friends, in one turn, and won the game.

They never played that game with me---again!

Gosh; wonder why? They had the same opportunity as did I to learn the game! Oh, well, c'est la vie.

Great game, nevertheless. I still have my original from 1969 when I first bought it.

One of - or even the - game I like best at May 24, 2008 10:26 said:
Each round there are three types of how to trade, so after a short while you will know the rules. Easy rules but to play with strategy. The winner might change within short notice. Does not take up much space, so good for a trip too. It is one of my favorite games.

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