Some of the elements of these cards are reminiscent of ambigrams, words written in such a way that they remain words when rotated a half-cycle.
In fact, rotating and rearranging the six cards can create one long ambigram that gives us two related messages:
"aka the moor of Venice" implies the answer Othello.
"Russia's aim in Crimea" implies the answer annexation.
Othello and Annexation are both alternative names for the board game most commonly known as Reversi.
|The answer is: reversi|