Powder Keg! A Revolutionary War Card Game

A Historical Trading Card Game about the American Revolution: Choose a side, make alliances, play your hand, and decide the fate of America.

  • Learn about American History with your Epic Characters! Recruit Allies and gather Items to help you in the upcoming War!

  • Trade to get Items and Allies you need to strengthen your side!

  • Go to War with your Allies and Items to win the American Revolution!

A collaborative production by the students of the Grand Rapids Public Museum School and faculty and students of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University with Open System Technologies as part of the EPIC project (epicsite.org ) (external link).

From the makers of Miner Madness (external link) Dig into Code Theory, Awarded Most Meaningful Student Created Game of 2018 at the Meaningful Play International Academic Conference at Michigan State University.

Watch this Intro Animation to get excited about playing the game.


Picture of the 2020 International Serious Play Award Gold Medal.

Powder Keg A Revolutionary War Card Game is a Gold Medal Winner in the 2020 International Serious Play Awards.

The Serious Play Conference (external link) is a leadership conference for professionals who are exploring the use of game-based learning, sharing their experience and working together to shape the future of training and education.

Intro Animation Credits:

Producers: Susan BonnerBill FischerMike Dollar
Historical:Stephen StaggsDaniel MillerGabriele GottliebWaylon Wilson
Curriculum: Kim Rowland Micah Herrboldt Julie FreemanLindsay Lane
Card Art:Crispus Attucks by Piper AdonyaGeorge Roger Clark by Krystal HertleinMargaret Shippen by Holly GalvinJoseph Brant by Sarah PuettBenedict Arnold by Joseph Mead
Animation: Kendra Nienhuis Marisa Rivard Alexis Kole
Game Play: Andrew PowellNathan LodingKendra NienhuisMarisa RivardAlexis KoleYeungFan LauAlysia Schmidt

Lead Sound Designer: Maddy Court
Sound: Wyatt AndersonLuke ClevelandKyleigh DanielsMarissa DrewEmily GrushAlexis MauricioMegan PohlEvan Polosky Sarah RayJosh RobertsCaitlyn Timreck
Vocals: Crispus Attucks:Nolan BaileyGeorge Rogers Clark: Sean Fuller Margaret Shippen: Maddy CourtJoseph Brant: Jeffrey Gillett Benedict Arnold: Charlie PoquetteFemale Narrator: Elizabeth Woodman, Male Narrator: Dylan Kelly