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Greg Lorrimer
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I'm always looking for social games, for fun with friends and family. I know of modern social card games like Bohnanza, Wizard/Skull King etc but would like to know which of the more traditional card games are also quite social, even noisy. Traditional games like Spades, Canasta etc, not that those are social (i've never played them).
 
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Brett McLay
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I vote Euchre. Four-player or six-player. With Midwest roots our family has enjoyed it for years.
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+1 Euchre because of teams. Might I also suggest Nerts... best classic card game out there. Social in a sense, but everyone is too busy slapping cards down and yelling at each other for light conversation. Tons of fun though. Can play with as many people as fit at a table as long as you have enough card decks. Oh, also Bull/BS. Plays with a standard deck. All about lying to each other.
 
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Soleia wrote:
Social in a sense, but everyone is too busy slapping cards down and yelling at each other for light conversation.


I really wasn't thinking of people being able to have a nice chat, like some of those games you can play on auto. Social means the game carries its own 'conversation', rather than people sitting in near silence. Yelling is just fine, though my experience of Racing Demon/nerts is just slapping noises.
 
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I think much of it depends on your group, but Poker (Texas Hold 'Em is my favourite variant) is pretty social
 
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Robert Manning
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You want noise in a traditional card game?

Pit

Full stop.
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Greg Lorrimer
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rmanning wrote:
You want noise in a traditional card game?

Pit

Full stop.


Can you play that with a standard deck? I had thought of it as a modern game but I see it's older than canasta.
 
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Robert Manning
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Sort of -- was that what was meant by "traditional"? -- the deck is suits of grains (one per player), the bear and bull cards are optional; so a standard deck could be used (reduced to 9 cards per suit) for up to 4 players, or three decks (where a "grain suit" is the card valus, e.g., the 9 Aces, the 9 Kings, etc.) and only one suit from the third deck is used.
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Mashpotassium wrote:
I think much of it depends on your group, but Poker (Texas Hold 'Em is my favourite variant) is pretty social

Poker tournaments are probably the most anti-social of all card games. Traditional poker, I agree: very social indeed.

In general, any game with changing partnerships tends to be highly social. Give Tarock a try.
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Here in Brazil most people socialize by playing Truco.
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Sheepshead is a really fun trick taking game like Euchre, but I personally feel it is more social. In the 5 player version, you team up with different players each round, which usually keeps people on friendly terms.

The hard part is finding players. The game is very popular around Milwaukee in the USA, but practically unheard of elsewhere in the states. Supposedly a similar popularity bubble forms in the Bravarian part of Germany, and then disappears quickly. But if you can find 3-5 people who would learn it with you, it could be frequent request.
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Eric Varboncouer
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+1 euchre and poker.
 
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itsastickup wrote:
Soleia wrote:
Social in a sense, but everyone is too busy slapping cards down and yelling at each other for light conversation.


I really wasn't thinking of people being able to have a nice chat, like some of those games you can play on auto. Social means the game carries its own 'conversation', rather than people sitting in near silence. Yelling is just fine, though my experience of Racing Demon/nerts is just slapping noises.

Haha, you clearly haven't played it with my family.
 
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Shithead or Bullshit are both tense - if a little raucous - games played with a traditional deck of cards.
 
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