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...
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"?
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.
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!
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.