(Card) Climbing Games and Their Distinctions
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This is a list of card games from the 'climbing' family, with distinctions between them.

A climbing game is a card game where each player must play a card (or cards) to beat the card (or cards) of the previous player. All cards are played into a pile in the middle of the table. If everyone passes, the cards are cleared (sometimes being awarded to whoever played last) and a new round is started (generally by the winner of the previous round). Interestingly, in many climbing games the high card is the Two rather than the Ace.

Note the major distinctions between a climbing game and a trick-taking game: in a trick taking game each player plays exactly one card, but in a climbing game play continues until all pass, and you can only play if you "beat" the previous play.

This list draws distinctions between the various climbing games by specifying how victory is determined, which combinations are legal (and their ranks), and any other special rules.

(Games ordered by rank)
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