Card Games That Don’t Suck: Cribbage

Our series on the best games that you can play with a 52 card deck has dealt out a wild card!

Cribbage is a great game for 2 players (though you can enjoy it with 3 or 4) that people are still playing after four hundred yearsAnd yes, that means it’s a profoundly weird thing to learn, but it also means that there’s an undeniable magic to it.

For help internalising the rules of Cribbage, we thoroughly recommend Cribbage With Grandpas, which is better than a phone game about Cribbage has any right to be.

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Card Games That Don’t Suck: Skull

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…

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Card Games That Don’t Suck: Gin Rummy

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”?

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Card Games That Don’t Suck: Oh Hell

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.

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Card Games That Don’t Suck: Fight the Landlord

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!

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Card Games That Don’t Suck: Ricochet Poker

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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!

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