the rules down here on this page to play
OVALIA is normally played as a
Summary of the rules:
The match is made of two successive
"half times." Points are added at the end to make the
final score of the game.
Inspired by actual rugby, the allowed
combinations reflect the organization of a rugby squad.
Each combination corresponds to points that can be
achieved in rugby scoring:
Scrum front row:
complete (1,2,3) counts for a try (5 points).
Scrum locks: complete
(4,5) wins a line-up.
Scrum third row:
complete (6,7,8) counts for a try (5 points).
First and third rows
can also win "scrums" and progress in the conquest!
half-backs (9,10) counts for a drop-goal (3 points).
Backs: complete line
(11,12,13,14) counts for a try + a drop-goal (8 points).
Full back: the 15
allows to convert (add 2 points) every try.
Red card :
Can be put over a card deposited by
the opposite player to form a combination : then the
latter card is invalidated and the points of the
combination are lost.
Rules of OVALIA:
Rules: print it, then
plastify for a longer protection
update of the rules: 15/08/2021)
Cards "summary of rules" included in every deck
Ovalia was born on April 2002
Registered in May 2002, it was
designed for the Rugby World Cup 2003 in Australia
October 2002, the rules are a
31/10/2002: web site opening,
2011: New phase of strong testing.
Ovalia now gets lineouts and scrums.
2012: This game has already convinced
a lot of fans on the Internet! You look for a nice game
2013: Ovalia has been selected to be
presented at the Festival
Alchimie du Jeu of
Toulouse, France, May 3-5, 2013.
is available on-line on
2016: First Ovalia World Cup,
organized in the frame of the Game Festival of
Fonbeauzard, France. Creation of the ORB, Ovalia Rugby
Board, rules keeper and organizer of future World Cups.
2018: New edition for OVALIA. Revised
design for improved playability. Issuing a new deck
"Challenger" with 5 new teams.
2019: New deck for OVALIA: OVALIA
"Outsider" with 5 more new teams qualified for RWC2019
2021: New deck for OVALIA:
OVALIA "Legacy" with 5 more new teams, not present for
RWC2019, but qualified at least once for a World Cup