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Got my playing cards.. what games should I learn?

 
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I was given the fantastically amazing permaculture playing cards as a Nativity gift.. but I'm clueless about card games. I mean, I know solitaire exists and people play things like hearts. But I'm looking for some good recommendations on specific card games worth learning - bonus if they don't require other pieces (like cribbage). I'd be playing solo or with up to 3 others...

Thanks!
 
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Cribbage
 
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Cribbage is a good one as mentioned. Requires a cribbage board (or a good degree of pencil/paper tracking)

Old maid (with Ruth Stout as the maid), Crazy Eights, War, Go Fish, etc are all great for playing with kids. Poker (5 card draw, 5 card stud, blackjack, etc) are nice for fun times. Solitaire is always nice if you can't find a friend. Hearts, Spades, and other trick taking games are good for 4 players. Check your local library for books on card games and I bet you'll find a lot of material to try.

The Crazy Permies game is one my wife and I came up with. It's an association game. You deal 7 cards to each player and then lay the rest of the cards face down in a pile (stack) in front of you. Flip over the first card and begin the game. I've copy/pasted the post on this I made on Facebook when we were still developing the game:

My wife and I are working on a game based on association. The idea is to pass out 7 cards to each player, place the deck in the middle, and show the top card face up next to the deck. The person to the right of the dealer starts and has to play a card that relates to the permaculture value of the card. For example, if the card that is face up is Wind & Berms (5 of Diamonds) then the player might play Hugelkultur (Ace of Clubs) because it is often built into a smaller berm style system. These types of associations need to be explained as you lay the card down. Saying "because it's also part of permaculture" is not allowed... one must try to be detailed in why the two associate. If the player does not have a card they can associate, they may opt to play the traditional "match face or suit" but they must still draw after playing if they go this route. If they can't even match face or suit, they must draw and play no card, passing to the next player in turn. The person who plays the last card in their hand wins.
 
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My favorite card games are:

Egyptian Rat Screw (a variant of slapjack)

Spoons (a fun multiplayer sneaky game)

how to play wrote: Object of the game is to get a spoon or else your out. Start with one less spoon then number of players. Everyone get four cards, then start passing the cards around until someone matches four cards and when you see a spoon being picked up, get one or your out. Keep going until you have a winner!! Have fun!!! Trick- don't just look at your cards - watch the spoons.

 
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An extra challenge to any card game is trying to get through the game without getting hung up explaining what's on the cards themselves.
 
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Thanks for the great suggestions!
 
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We enjoy playing 3-13.  This is a game that requires 2 or more players.  The instructions may sound hard and long but it is really easy.
The object: be the person with the LEAST points at the end of the game.
Here are the rules:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_thirteen

Three thirteen is a variation of the card game Rummy. It is an eleven-round game played with two or more players. It requires two decks of cards with the jokers removed. Like other Rummy games, once the hands are dealt, the remainder of the cards are placed face down on the table. The top card from the deck is flipped face up and put beside the deck to start the discard pile.
 
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I have heard of a variant of poker wherein the loser of a hand removes an article of clothing.
 
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Spades is my hands-down favorite card game. The only problem is that it takes exactly four players.
 
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Sheepshead (people in Milwaukee, WI play this.  Needs 3 or more people).

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Casino.


 
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We used to play 'Hearts' all the time in college and that was a lot of fun ....best played with 4 people, but you can do more if you have an extra deck.
You can also play with just two players.

This here link provides some basic instructions, but I'm not sure if this is the exact same game we played (it's been awhile):

 http://www.printactivities.com/Games/Capture_the_Hearts.html

Also found this version and it better resembles the game we played (I remember now, DO NOT get stuck with the Queen of Spades, that is bad, very bad!)

 https://www.dummies.com/games/card-games/hearts/playing-hearts-the-basic-rules/

The general  idea of the game was you want to get rid of all your hearts (they count against you), and try to dump them on other players.
That is unless you play coy and try to capture ALL the hearts, then you win the hand, but it's a risky tactic. I thnk you got -25 points for winning in that manner.
Can also be played with teammates (sitting across from one another) and that added another level to the game.
We'd play until someone reached a total score of 150 or whatever ....lowest total score wins.
 
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I think Oh Hell is a great card game and worthy of attempting with permaculture playing cards.  Especially the "Contract Whist" variant as described by wikipedia.
 
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Every Tuesday night a bunch of us old farts get together and play poker. It's just nickel, dime, quarter with a $1 bump limit.
We could really leave the cards out and trade money every week but I'm a glutton for punishment. I want the cards. I love the look on opponents face when my hand beats theirs. I'm sure they love that same look on my face🙂 but it's all in good fun. We never let a good deed go unpunished. Trash talk is expected and sometimes graded.
We play 31, 5 and 7 card stud, Texas hold'em and a few more. Any of you permies think you got what it takes to sit in on one my card games just step on up. We'll take your money and make your face hurt from laughing for the experience!🤣
 
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