Your favorite trick taking games played with a standard 52 card deck.
Joel Weeks
United States
Roswell
Georgia
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
27 
 Thumb up
0.25
 tip
 Hide
So. I have a collection of 80 or so trick taking games that are not played with a standard deck, although some of them could be retrofitted to do so. These are not what I'm looking for in this geek list.

I am interested in finding out about games you love that you play with a standard deck. Please make your additions and comments.

Thanks

Joel
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
Prev «  1 , 2   |  
26. Board Game: Schafkopf [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:3414]
Andrew H
United States
Wisconsin
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Uses standard cards but only 32 of them (7-Ace). A great game but not played in many places. It seems to be popular near Milwaukee Wisconsin and southern Germany, and that's about it.

I love it because partners change every hand, it has a zero sum scoring and the highest trump cards aren't worth the most points. These aspects keep the game competitive but also very friendly. There is some fun table talk and doubling of the stakes because of these aspects too which add to the fun.

The only downside is people get really picky with the number of players, and while it plays 3-6, often you''ll end up in situations with 4 players but 1 "will only play with 5." Even more odd is the German players seem to swear 4 players is best, and the Wisconsin players seem to swear by 5 player games. Trust both of them, it's a great game.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
27. Board Game: Bauernschnapsen [Average Rating:6.74 Unranked]
Raymond Gallardo
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
The 4 player, fixed partnership version of Schnapsen, but very, very different. This game has some crazy bids for players to consider!
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
28. Board Game: Jo-Jotte [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Norberto Leiva
Spain
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
By Ely Culbertson, 1937. This is an improvement of Clobyosh/Klaberjass, adding more bidding ways and a Bridge-like scoring for 2 players. Clever game with more depth you can see at first. My favourite 2 player traditional card game.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
29. Board Game: Kols [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Matteo Perlini
Italy
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
Kols is a 2-player perfect information trick taking game that simulates a conflict between two opposing fronts.

The game is split into 2 phases. In the first phase you will use cards from your hand to obtain cards from the middle, attempting to increase your military strength (deck-building). In the second phase you will play cards to 5 different battlefields attempting to achieve key victories and win points.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
30. Board Game: Cucumber [Average Rating:6.17 Unranked]
Collin W.
United States
Portland
Oregon
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Game I randomly discovered on pagat looking for a higher player count game.

Suits don't matter, tricks don't matter, well only the last one matters. If you take the last trick you get the card value in points Jack is 11, Q 12, K 13 aces are low, 1. If you hit 21 your score is wiped, you gain a "cucumber" and come back with the highest score amongst the other players. Hit 21 for a second cucumber and you are out.

As I said, suits don't matter, you must always match or beat the last card played, last person to play a card leads next trick, cards can just be swept aside since only last trick matters. If there is a tie on the last trick the last player to player gets points added and the other tied players have points subtracted (a good thing)

I really enjoy the hand management in this game, you have to try and play so that people take high last tricks. If everyone plays so that they dump high cards and work their way down play takes a while when people are only "scoring" 4 or 5.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
31. Board Game: Rowboat [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:8506]
Collin W.
United States
Portland
Oregon
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
I discovered this sitting on a used game shelf at my flgs thinking that it was a different game a friend used to have, Lifeboat. The art inside was different and that intrigued me enough to read the rules. It sounded fun (it is). I realized the deck was a retheme 52 card with the face cards replaced by mermaid and other thematic elements.

I tried it at home, it was great. The used copy is still sitting there a couple years later, it was cheaper for me to get it from the publisher direct!

I still play it with a regular deck of cards most of the time. The rethemed face cards are confusing to most people, they are ranked in alphabetical order, just easier to know the J Q and K for most people. Players get three special cards which I do not proxy with lots of Jokers, I don't particularly enjoy them. One wins a trick straight up, one let's you look at others player's hands for as long as the included 60 second sand timer runs, and one let's a player determine the length of the tide. The tide is a row of cards that determines each tricks Trump suit and Trump number, the knob.

Tricks are won in order of Special card row boat, the knob (if playing for a 9 of diamond the knob is the 9 of heart), highest trump (diamond in my example), off color knob (either black 9), and finally highest off trump color.

This game rewards accurate bidding, similar to spades. You play to 200, if you bid you win three tricks and meet or beat your number you get 10 times the number you take, 30 for 3, 40 for 4 tricks and so on. For every trick past your bid you also get a sandbag. If you reach 5 or more sandbags your sandbag count is reduced by 5 and your score is reduced by 100 points!

This penelty can be harsh for new players, 50 point deductions may be needed instead. The joy of sandbagging/capsizing an opponent is immense. But it can cause the game to drag, especially in a 2p game. Best as a 3p or partnership 4p game.

I mentioned the tide and wil briefly explain that. The dealer deals out cards face up in a row until each suit is represented or 12 cards have been dealt, 10 in a 4p game. Player to the left makes first bid of how many tricks they will take, bids go around, player to the left starts. I've seen 4 card tides, I've seen a lot more 12 card tides. The bidding can be agonizing, it's easy to count how many knobs you know you'll win a trick with but the knob also means you never quite know when your high trump will get beaten by a 2! Sometimes you accidentally throw away a knob for a later trick when following suit. Sometimes your last card in a suit is a knob later, you can "marry the knob" but are required to play it only as the knob later. Usually this is good, until you take an unexpected trick and are forced to win the trick you married and end up sandbagging yourself and lose over half your points!

Highly recommended for tactical players with the advanced bidding and the changing flow of play provided by the tide.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
32. Board Game: Vira [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Raymond Gallardo
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Vira is now my favourite three player trick taking game!

I wrote an extensive review here:

Vira: a review
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
33. Board Game: Sedma [Average Rating:5.91 Unranked]
Andy Nilson
msg tools
I like trick-taking games that are unique in some way. In this one a trick is taken by the last player who added a card equal in rank to the lead, and the leading player can continue a trick with more cards, if (s)he isn't winning.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Prev «  1 , 2   |  
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Prev «  1 , 2   |