Diner - The Card Game

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Article code DNR-728028343106
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Designer Matthew O'Malley
Year 2014
Number of Players 2-4
Time 15 Minutes
Ages 13+
Mechanics Hand Management, Set Collection, Variable Phase Order
Theme Real-Time, Cafe, Management
Game Video

Diner is a fast-paced game about waiters in a friendly competition to make the most money in tips.

Take orders for the tables in your section, gather the plates to fill those orders, and serve your tables, and do it as quickly as possible while showing up the other players. Diner features a pseudo-real time mechanic that has players passing action tokens whenever they take an action; if a player does not have a token, that player can't take an action. At times, action tokens may accumulate in front of a player, allowing them to take multiple actions at once.

Diner puts players in the shoes of someone serving patrons at a greasy spoon. The goal is to earn the most in tips by gathering plates of various types from the kitchen and then serving them to a table of patrons in your section demanding certain orders. The real magic of the game is in the pseudo-real time action system. When you want to take an action - say, seat a table in your section - you have to have an action token in front of you. When you perform the action you pass the token to the player next to you. Sometimes those action tokens can pile up allowing you to do multiple things at once. Other times you're urging the other players to hurry up a bit so you can serve your tables.


  • 1 rule sheet
  • 54 cards with a table on one side and a plate on the other
  • 5 action tokens