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Ninety-Nine (1967)

Average Rating: 7.34/10
Board Game Rank: 1914
Abstract Game Rank: 45
Strategy Game Rank: 780
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Year Published
1967
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Ninety-Nine
Alternate Names
99
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Trick-taking card game for three in which players must sacrifice cards from their hands to bid the number of tricks they will take. It uses a standard deck of cards, shorted to 6 through Ace in each suit, plus one Joker. (A more recent version of play omits the joker.)

To bid, lay aside three cards from your hand; the suit of those cards determines how many tricks you must take (each club is three tricks, heart two tricks, spade one trick, diamond zero tricks). Score one point per trick you take plus a bonus if you make your bid exactly.

For an additional bonus, you may offer to declare by turning your bidcards face up at start of play, thus declaring your target and revealing more information about the lie of cards.

For a higher bonus, you may also offer to reveal. This involves not only turning your bid-cards up but also then playing with your hand of cards exposed on the table before the opening lead.

While designed for three players, the four-player version is faithful to the original but played with a standard 52-card deck. Two- and five-player variants also exists, but they employ a dummy hand and a 500 deck, respectively.

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2 Ninety Nine (Sphinx) playing aid in Russian
A remake of LurkingMeeple's playing aid (in Russian, but easy to understand by everybody else) for those who want to learn the game, but still struggle to remember the trumps and hidden bets -- made double-sided. To make cards, crease the middle line that goes through those white long recttangles, bend the page in half and glue it like that, then cut away the white spaces. The rectangles are for those who want to use centimeter cubes or erasable markers.
Russian
2015-04-24
1 Ninety-Nine 57mm x 90mm Rules Summary.doc
Rules summary that fit into 57mm x 90mm card sleeves. Copy paste to other columns to print more copies.
English
2015-01-02
29 Complete Rules - foldable booklet
This booklet contains the whole original ruleset for 2-5 players with all variants by the author. Size is 8.6 x 5.6 cm so it can be put in a box together with commonly used cards. Print it double sided, cut out the booklet and fold it two times vertically and then horizontally at the hairlines. Permission to publish this file on BGG given by the author.
English
2009-05-06
9 Rules v2
Same rules as above but with a font large enough to shrink down and print on a playing card.
2008-12-06
24 Rules (English)
Two-page, complete rulesheet for Ninety-Nine for 3 players.
2008-12-06
25 Trump/Bidding Chart
A playing-card-sized reminder for bidding, trump, and scoring (3-4 player). Trim to size, and use a coin to mark trump. [imageid=318149]
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2007-10-02
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1914
Abstract Game Rank: 45
Strategy Game Rank: 780
Num Ratings: 224
Average Rating: 7.34
Standard Deviation: 1.54
Num Views: 22895
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
Similarly Rated: View
Avg. Game Weight: 2.1
Fans: 14
Personal Comments: 120
Users Owning: 123
Users Wanting: 2
Users Trading: 0 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 0
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Total Plays: 764
Plays This Month: 0
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