Because what you currently have is "Each card is a unique combination of three suits: Shape[Color], Shape, and Letter."
So, you'll continue to run into trouble as long as you have two suits of non-readable shapes (letters and numbers are readable shapes).
And actually, that makes me realize that the problem isn't a graphic design issue, it's a game design issue: what does that shape represent? If you decide how it fits within the theme (it's a geographic region; it's a political alignment; etc.), then the graphic design problem will solve itself.
1) Find out the song that was #1 the week you were born.
2) Find that song on YouTube.
3) Post that video on your wall without shame
The great entertainer Sammy Davis Jr with his first #1 hit
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So, come on out and join us to push us over that last hurdle. It all ends Sunday at noon Central Time, so don't delay. Thanks!
One way to hard-code alignment into the cards is to give them adjacency effects. What I mean by that is, on one or more card edges, add a text block (or icons, etc) that indicate the desired effect. For example, if you want the cards closest to you to have an improved rating, you might create a text block on the top edge of the card that says [ +1 if ^ is aligned to you ]. In your play example above, that would have the effect of giving the blue 2 card a +1 when you played it, making it a 3. Because of the alignment conditions on adjacency, it would primarily affect the cards nearest you. Put it on the left to affect cards on the right, on the bottom to affect cards furthest from you, etc. Obviously, you could choose any effect for this.
What does the shape suit represent? How is it used within the game? Are all shape suits of equal rank?
Or, it occurs to me that maybe this game uses three totally un-ranked suits?
Let's build some awesome stuff with it and don't spend any money! :-)
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