In my experience, there are two types of people in this world: those who admit to cheating in Peran, and those who are complete liars. I'm no exception of course.Peran is a popular card game in Kebria that is often played during social gatherings. It is rather infamous for the varied and sometimes ridiculously complicated ways players have attempted to cheat at it, and the bluffing and deception has practically become a part of the game itself.
~ Desnin Ubbaka, employee at the Prancing Piole gambling hall
RulesThe game is played with a deck of 49 cards. Each card has a symbol representing one of the twelve Aspects, and there are four copies of each card in the deck plus a single demon card. The goal of a round is to end up with a set of all twelve Aspects and avoid ending a round with the demon card. Each player is dealt twelve cards, leaving a single card face up in the middle of the table. On each person's turn, they can ask to trade a card with another player or exchange a card with the one in the middle. The demon card is the only one that cannot be placed in the middle of the table, so players are constantly trading it back and forth with each other. Peran usually involves a lot of conversation as players try and guess what their opponents have in their hands while trying to mislead them about what the player has in their own hand. The main strategy of the game are to try and keep track of who has the demon card while also trying to bluff other players into trading you the cards you need. Alternatively, players can try to use reflective surfaces to see an opponent's hand or slip in extra cards from a personal deck, but these are difficult to pull off without getting caught. That doesn't stop many from trying though.
The name Peran comes from the word Aspera, which is an ancient Icroran word for Aspect. The game was originally created by an Asperist priest who wanted to teach children about the twelve Virtues. The demon card and the emphasis on bluffs and strategy were added a few years later by the owners of a prominent gambling hall who saw a potential profit in it. The priest was not pleased with the change. Nevertheless, the new version became a huge hit, and standard Peran decks are now sold with all forty-nine cards.
Components and tools
The four-player version of the game is played with a standard deck of forty-nine cards. Cards can be added or subtracted from the deck if a different number of people are playing.