Have you ever played “Bat Beats the Tiger, Chicken Eats the Worm?”
How about enjoying it as a card game?
Now I bet you haven’t played it as card game about oracle bone inscriptions!
During Lunar New Year 2023, the Museum of the IHP is debuting an all-new oracle bone inscription card game based on the traditional game “Bat Beats Tiger, Chicken Eats the Worm,” an experience which will help you enliven your New Year, have fun at the MIHP, and learn by simply enjoying a game. Allow the MIHP to tell you: “This is how to play with oracle bone inscriptions!”
Stop by the MIHP to participate in the “Bat Beats the Tiger, Chicken Eats the Worm” oracle bone inscription card game challenge during the event period, and any successful challenger will receive—in addition to a sense of achievement—a “challenge passed” gashapon token that can be used to obtain their very own MIHP creative craft gift. An Elephant Letter Opener, one of our notebooks themed around the classics or featuring an illustrated national treasure, popular Museum Gashapon, or even a Hello Again, Formosan Clouded Leopard mug are all awaiting to be taken home by challengers able to prove themselves!
No registration required! Visit the MIHP to take the challenge head-on!
⊗Dates: Feb. 1 (Wed.) to Mar. 29 (Wed.); during opening hours
⊗Venue: MIHP service counter
⊗How to Participate:
- Follow us on Facebook and fans can receive a small gift (or retweet our “Bat Beats the Tiger, Chicken Eats the Worm” event post or subscribe to our newsletter; choose one of the three).
- Add us as a friend on Line (search @010wveub for the MIHP official account) for another small gift offered to our Line friends.
- In the chat, send us “BBTCEW” (Bat Beats the Tiger, Chicken Eats the Worm) or 棒打老虎雞吃蟲 to receive your invitation card for the card game challenge.
- Show your invitation card to the service counter to become eligible to challenge our card game champion on duty that day.
- You may ask our champion to explain the rules (or feel free to send “card game rules” or 卡牌遊戲規則 in the chat with our official Line account for a text explanation).
- The challenge ends after 5 rounds, and the player who has taken the most cards is the winner.
- Successful challengers will then receive a “challenge passed” gashapon token that can be used to obtain their very own creative craft gift!
- You may face the challenge as many times as desired, but each player may only receive one token.
⊗Card Game Rules:
- There are six sets of cards in the deck; each set has four oracle bone inscription cards: wood (bat), tiger, rooster (chicken), and worm (compared to the traditional game, “wood” replaces “bat,” “rooster” replaces “chicken,” and the character 虫 replaces 蟲 for worm).
- Our champion and the challenger each receive three sets (twelve cards) that comprise their starting hands.
- When ready, both players say “Bat Beats the Tiger, Chicken Eats the Worm” or 棒打老虎雞吃蟲 and play their chosen card from their hand.
- Wood beats (takes) the tiger; the tiger eats (takes) the rooster; the rooster eats (takes) the worm; and the worm bores into (takes) wood. wood＞tiger＞rooster＞worm＞wood.
- The winner takes the other player’s card. If the same card is played by both players or "wood v.s. rooster" or "tiger v.s. worm", it is a draw and they are returned to the players’ respective hands.
- The game ends after 5 rounds, and the player who has taken the most cards is the winner.
This all-new oracle bone inscription card game has been developed by combining applicable Chinese characters from oracle bone inscriptions held by the IHP with a traditional game understood and enjoyed by most. The oracle bone script as well as the associated Chinese characters, English translations, and images of the wood (bat), tiger, rooster (chicken), and worm are incorporated into the design of the cards, and through a simple dueling game, participants can use the characters, words, and pictures interchangeably to better understand the script. By learning through fun and enjoying one’s visit to the MIHP, it turns out “this is how to play with oracle bone inscriptions!”