Set is a match-three puzzle cardgame. Set was inspired by the designer's day job as a population geneticist. Marsha Jean Falco was keeping track of traits in the population of German Shepherds, sort of a simple database on index cards. Since many of the traits were the same, she created symbols for traits. One day as she explained her card system to a veterinarian...inspiration came to her. A few years later, we have Set.
Game play is simple; you lay out twelve cards in a 4x3 grid. Each card has the following features:
- Color: red, green, or purple
- Symbol: ovals, squiggles, or diamonds
- Quantity: one, two, or three symbols
- Shading: solid, open, or striped