MASTER LIST of Games playable with a MODIFIED (or UNMODIFIED) deck of STANDARD playing cards. PLEASE ADD!
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OK everyone -- here is my first geeklisk. Please go easy on me.

Now most people are aware of the popular geeklist by Sonja of games playable with a standard deck of cards. A very useful list. At the risk of flames of piracy, I wanted to create a MASTER LIST of card games that are playable with a modified (or unmodified) STANDARD deck of cards. Modification rules include (but are not limited to):

Multiple decks of standard cards.

Marking up cards with *simple* symbols, numbers, or letters.

Addition of simple playing pieces (i.e. dominos, counters, poker chips, bits from easily aquired thrift-store games).

Variants of games playable with a single deck of cards.

Games playable with a 5-suit, 6-suit deck (i.e. rage, 6-nimmt, and similar geeklist items).


This list should NOT include the following:

(Standard card games using a single deck of cards)
***Update: as I've been adding games that require two decks, etc..., I've eliminated this restriction and am allowing ALL GAMES (EASILY) PLAYABLE WITH A STANDARD DECK OF CARDS.

The following restriction still applies:

Marking-up cards with large amounts of text (i.e. MtG) should NOT be listed.



Now a word about piracy. Please use this list as a reference to *try* out games that you may find appealing. Many of us waste a ton of money on games we have never played that we've seen on BGG that end up not beoing our cup-of-tea. This list will allow us to temporarily make some homemade versions of card games that look interesting *before* we go out and buy them. Am I making myself clear here? If you enjoy the game -- please, PLEASE support the designer.

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51. Board Game: Triumvirate [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1400]
Paul Owen
United States
Lorton
Virginia
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I read Chris Norwood's blog post on Triumvirate http://gamerchris.com/2011/04/25/home-gaming.aspx, and it intrigued me enough to learn about the game. I'm always on the look-out for new two-player games to try out with my wife. Ender Wiggin's review was sufficiently descriptive that I was able to reproduce the game play with a modified deck of regular playing cards.

I posted the procedure here:
http://paulowengames.blogspot.com/2011/04/poor-mans-triumvir...
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52. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1426]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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1-18 in six suits.
 
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53. Board Game: Havoc: The Hundred Years War [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1439]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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Havoc: the Hundred Years War
2-6 players.
6 suits, numbered 1-18
12 Dogs of War Cards.
2 Peace/Havoc Cards.
9 Battle Cards
Victory Point tokens
 
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54. Board Game: Pinochle [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1424]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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Playable with 2 (sometimes 4) decks of 9-A.
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55. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1434]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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1-7 in 6 colors (43 cards), plus lego (or similar) men.

 
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56. Board Game: Bargain Hunter [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1441]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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1-9 in 6 suits times 2 (4 decks of cards)
 
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57. Board Game: Coyote [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1437]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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4 x 0,1,2,3,4,5
3 x 10
2 x 15
1 x 20
? x -5
? x -10
1 x -max
? x X2

Playable with a single deck of cards. (Assign red cards to negative cards...)

 
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58. Board Game: Raj [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1493]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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1-15 in six suits, use Rummikub tiles as the treasure tokens.
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59. Board Game: Court of the Medici [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1520]
Sean Ross
Canada
North Vancouver
British Columbia
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Let one player use the red suits (hearts and diamonds) and the other use the black suits (clubs and spades); give each player all of 2-10 cards in their suits, use either the Queens or the Aces for "Ladies-in-Waiting", the Jacks for "Ministers", Jokers for "Jesters", and one King for "The Duke". This requires decks with 4 Jokers. If you have only 2 or 3 Jokers, you could use the Jokers as "Dukes" and let either the Jacks or Kings act as Jesters; or use whatever other configuration you prefer.
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60. Board Game: Slide 5 [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1502]
Glenn Laurent
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Lakewood
Colorado
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Card 1-104. Requires ~ 3 decks.
 
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61. Board Game: Lectio [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1541]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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Lexio
3-5 players
4 suits, numbered 1-15

- Extra components required.
- Requires 25 red chips, 20 yellow chips, and 20 green chips.
 
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62. Board Game: Take 5! [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1555]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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From the 6-nimmt geeklist (ValJor):

"Well, I always play 6 nimmt! with my Hornochsen set (I'm a gamer on a budget!), so I would say that you may play this one with that set, you just need tokens to replace the 2x and +5 cards. Good gaming! "
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63. Board Game: Rook [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1551]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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cards up to 14? 2-decks of cards
 
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64. Board Game: Cheeky Monkey [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1576]
Roger Meertens
Netherlands
Nijmegen
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This game has 3-10 animals pictured on discs. Instead of discs use three decks of cards: three 3's, four 4's, etc. This way, you won't have to know what cards appears how many times in the deck.
 
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65. Board Game: The Bucket King [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1620]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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10 bucket version with 2 decks:
2-8 twice in 5 suits

15 bucket version with 3 decks:
2 & 8 twice and 3-7 thrice in 5 suits

Playable with 4+ decks

(Add chips)
 
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66. Board Game: Gloria Picktoria [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1667]
Roger Meertens
Netherlands
Nijmegen
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This game has 90 cards: 10 different cards each appearing 9 times. If you don't mind two different colours for each number (ace-10), you can play this game with 3 sets of playing cards.
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67. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1726]
Chad Smith
United States
Saint Louis
MO
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Literally any card game ever if you (a) bought enough decks of cards and (b) spent the time marking over the cards to make them match the game you are trying to play. This include games with more than 4 suits, more than 13 ranks, hundreds of cards total, cards with detailed information on them, collectible card games, or anything you were willing to take the time and effort to do.

(some of the games on this list seem to open the door to this kind of thinking)
 
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68. Board Game: Cosmic Eidex [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1746]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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Use 6-A of standard deck
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69. Board Game: Ligretto [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:1786]
Glenn Laurent
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Lakewood
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1-10 in 4 suits for each player
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70. Board Game: Too Many Cooks [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1809]
Richard Lea
United Kingdom
Leeds
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I love Knizia's games even more than I hate supposedly amusing cartoon artwork on playing cards.

This works with 2 packs of standard cards. Jacks and Queens can substitute for the 'bouillon' cards, Kings for the 'boil-over' cards.
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71. Board Game: Pairs [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1815]
Brad McKenzie
Thailand
Bangkok
Bangkok
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Another game that can be played with a couple decks of cards...
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72. Board Game: Pecking Order [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1836]
Eli Alampay
United States
University Place
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all 13 cards of one suit for each player. Ace = 1/ jack = 11/ queen = 12/ king = jaguar

line up cards 1(ace) to 10 of the third suit to replicate the gameboard.

done.
 
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73. Board Game: Family Business [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:1892]
David Heldt
United States
Harper Woods
Michigan
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IIRC the Family Business playing deck is exactly 52 cards so, with good player aids, it could be played with a standard deck. You'd have to remember that, for example, the Ace of Spades=Hit; Ace of Hearts=St. Valentine's Day Massacre, etc., but it's doable.
 
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74. Board Game: Nicht die Bohne! [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1891]
Glenn Laurent
United States
Lakewood
Colorado
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From the Rage geeklist (PieMan):

"Easy enough; uses similar cards to Lost Cities, but with 1 less suit (4). Cards 1-10, 0, something to x2 in each colour, and 3 per colour to act as the negatives. Any gray card can be the 'bean chip'."
 
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75. Board Game: Niya [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1838]
G Mc
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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16 cards, (4 suits 1-4)
+ 16 markers (2 colors x8)
 
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