Card Games That Don’t Suck: Briscola Chiamata

otherwise known as, crazy assassin bidding bastard briscola
Our series on the best games that you can play with a 52 card deck continues!

Briscola Chiamata is bound to be a real highlight of this series. An incredibly simple trick-taking with hidden roles, this 5 player game sees a team of 4 players facing off against a 5th player... but someone in their ranks is working for the other side.

Huge thanks for supporting this series, everybody! We're having a blast with it.


Card Games That Don’t Suck: Skull

not to be confused with krull, krill, cull, or ska
Quinns: For as long as SU&SD has been around, Skull has been our constant companion.

Do we need something to play at 1am at a board game convention? It's Skull. Do we need to improvise a game out of almost no components at all? It's Skull. Do we need to show off to people how great this hobby is with a minimum of rules overhead? It's Skull.

Of course we had to do it for Cards Games That Don't Suck. Thanks so much for supporting this series, everybody! I'm having an incredible time with it. And oh boy, do I have an amazing find for you next episode...


Card Games That Don’t Suck: Gin Rummy

the rummy family, the rummy police, numberwang
Quinns: Everyone remembers the 10 plagues of Egypt. Blood, frogs, flies, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, fire, darkness, and mediocre card games.

Today, we're doing our bit to rebuild society. Gin Rummy is most certainly a card game that doesn't suck. This is a tense, tight little race for 2 players that plays a lot like an affordable version of Arboretum.

What are some of your favourite games in the creepily-named "Rummy family"?


Card Games That Don’t Suck: Oh Hell

also known as..., blob, bust, burps, bap, billionaire's biscuits
For the third instalment of Card Games that Don't Suck, Quinns has dug up a game that's fun even if you don't gamble. That's right, everybody! Those card game scientists finally cracked it.

Oh Hell is a trick-taking game for 3-7 players that might be the ultimate idle time waster. It's a short, simple game that somehow expands to fill a whole hour, like a wad of dough rising in the oven of your minds.


Card Games That Don’t Suck: Fight the Landlord

when the revolution comes kirby will be the first up against the wall
Did you catch the first instalment of Card Games That Don't Suck, Ricochet Poker?  This week we're travelling from America to China to tell you about a fantastic shedding game called Fight the Landlord.

Watching the video, you'll notice that "2s" are valued higher than royals. It's possible that this comes from the game's communist roots, in much that same way that following the French revolution, it was considered distasteful to play games where kings and queens were desirable. The more you know!


Card Games That Don’t Suck: Ricochet Poker

four houses? quinns are you thinking of harry potter, no we can't play aces low
Oh my GOODNESS! Today marks the start of a brand-new series for Shut Up & Sit Down.

Every two weeks, Card Games That Don't Suck will teach you how to play a game that we love, that you can play with an ordinary deck of cards. In doing so, we hope to make table gaming more accessible and wide-ranging, and maybe even learn a little bit of history along the way.

But there's no history in our first instalment! Ricochet Poker is, in fact, a brand new game by designer James Ernest, and we think it's just superb.

Enjoy, everybody!