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2021 Golden Trickster Finalists / Nominations

I always enjoy when Russ calls attention to the year's Best Combinatorial 2-Player Game nominations. Russ sharing the nominations here: Monthly tournament results (April: Neuroshima Hex) + May = Combinatorial Games of the Year 2020. Russ sharing thoughts after plays here: Monthly tournament results (May: Combinatorial Games of the Year 2020) + June = Mr. Jack Pocket.

I figured I could do something similar here with the Trick-taking Guild's 2021 Golden Trickster.

Below is the full list of nominated games with links to English rules and overview videos (basically, you should be subscribed to Taylor's trick-taking channel). Many/most of these games can be played with card decks and components that you already have on hand. Or as I'm sure someone will mention in the comments, they can all also be played on, which is why I've also included a link to the relevant online play option for each game. Of course support the designers/publishers/artists and buy the games if you can.

These are the games that got the most praise from those who are actively following such games. It comes as no surprise to anyone following along right now that Japanese designers are at the center of a lot of trick-taking innovation.


Nominees for the 2021 Golden Trickster

*Cat in the box
English rules - Taylor video -

ドキッと!アイス (Dokitto! Ice)
Website with info - Zee Garcia video -

*Dog Tag Trick
English rules - Taylor video -

The Fox in the Forest Duet
English rules - Taylor video - not online?

English rules - Taylor video - bga

Hollywood Sensation
No English rules? -Taylor video - not online?

Idle Hands
English rules - Taylor video -

English rules - Chris Yi video - tabletopia

English rules - no video? -

*§egment Trix
English rules - Taylor video -

アナフラ騎士SHOCK! (Knights With Poison)
English rules - no video? -

Trick of Trip
English rules - no video? -


That's it. Try the games out. Join the trick-taking guild.
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