Download the rules down here
on this page to play OVALIA
OVALIA is normally played as
a 2-player game.
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
half-backs (9,10) counts for a drop-goal (3 points).
line (11,12,13,14) counts for a try + a drop-goal (8
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:
big size: print it, then
plastify for a longer protection
Rules, small size:
print it recto/verso, then cut along the frame. Fold
into 3 parts in the length. The rules will be then size-compatible
with the cards and will fit in their box.
(Latest update of
the rules: 08/09/2018. The differences are in red on
the big size rules)
Cards "summary of
rules" included in every deck box. Click to enlarge
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.
2015: Ovalia is available on-line on DriveThruCards.com and TheGameCrafter.com
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.