Trick Taking Games That Are Worth A Few Plays - But Not Much More
Kenny VenOsdel
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I really enjoying trick taking games and have come to accept that it is one of my overall favorite genre's. I'm slowly working on exposing myself to more of them as able and I like hearing about new ones, always hoping of course to stumble across the really great games that I'll play for a long time.

The thing about trick taking games is that there are many that are described as "good not great" like the recent release UGO! (Tom Vasel review). This doesn't mean it's not worth trying though. Plenty of trick takers may not be the one you will play 50+ times but are still interesting to play a handful of times. Those are the ones this list is after.

Please list trick taking games that you feel aren't very replayable but are still worth those few plays and why you feel that way about them. This doesn't mean "list a game you think is bad" but rather one you think is good but just limited in scope.
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1. Board Game: Mate [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:8825]
Kenny VenOsdel
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Mate is a game I've only played a couple times but found really interesting. First of all it is for 2 players, second it is perfect information (all the cards are dealt out between 2 players). In it you gain points not by winning tricks but by leading your opponent into a trick they cannot follow. Your score is tallied according to the card you led with and also the number of tricks played. After playing one hand you exchange them and play again. This ensures that if there is a "bad deal" you both suffer from it.

I don't think I could play Mate a lot, but it is worth trying out especially because of it's price point.
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2. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1677]
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This one is on the fence but just barely qualifies for me. I think it is worth checking out because of how it handles the tricks. They are done simultaneously so on your turn you must choose which trick to play onto. You also have to decide when to pass and draw cards otherwise you will limit your options when big ships come up. It was interesting and quite different, but after several games I felt like I was done with it.
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3. Board Game: The Last Card [Average Rating:6.12 Unranked]
Joe Pastuzyn
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Here's a trick taking game with a twist or two. First, the rules for play are very exact, if you can beat the trick you must; if you can't then you can play what you want as long as you don't renege. Instead of a standard card deck, you have numbered cards from 1 to 16 in four suits. After all but one of the tricks has been played and taken, your last card becomes a multiplier for the number of tricks you took.

Obviously, trying to keep a 16 in your hand for the last card is ideal. It behooves the other players to try to lead that card out of your hand. Getting stuck with a 1 multiplier really sucks.

So, if you're good at counting cards, give this a try. It's long out of print, but can be made from a Rage deck or a couple of copies of regular playing cards (sans picture cards) and a black Sharpie marker.
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4. Board Game: Xactika [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:7643]
Joe Pastuzyn
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A trick taking game where each card has two suits of varying strength. You bid and must make your bid exactly in order to score. There is a curious distribution to the strength cards and a crib comes with the game for reference. The idea is to use your strong cards for taking tricks or (if you've made your bid) use the lesser, weaker part of the card to duck a trick.

The game is mentally puzzling and requires you to count cards and set up your hand to take your tricks in a ruch and then be able to duck all the rest. If your group has AP, this can be bad, but the game is quite unique to play and the cards are attractive to look at. Some people can't get their heads around the cards having two different values in two different suits.
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5. Board Game: Pisa [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:7458]
Joe Pastuzyn
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In this card game, you bid three times before playing cards. There are four suits and during game play there is a major trump and a minor trump with major beating minor if both played on the same trick. During the three bides, your must first bid for which suits will be trump (all player put face down cards against the suits), then you bid as to whether high card or low card takes a trick and then you bid for whether most ricks or least tricks during a round wins.

If you have a lousy hand, you can gain quite a few points by making fewest tricks gain the most points, especially if someone is bidding a lot of cards on suits and low/high. Some of the bid cards are removed from the game, so you have the ability to set your hand up for play.

The three bids warp some people's minds and I've seen people do terribly at this game, turning them off from it. There is a bit more screwage in this game than your ordinary trick taking game.
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6. Board Game: Sticheln [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:834]
Joe Pastuzyn
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For sheer screwage in a card game, it is hard to top this game. Each player must place a card face-up in front of themselves and declare this their "misery suit". If they take cards of this suit, they get negative points. Since everyone knows everyone else's misery suit it becomes a trick-ducking, screw-the-guy-on-your-right type of game. I've finished this game and the winner was the person who as least negative on the score pad. If you like that type of game or can handle the frustration and trash-talking, then go for it.
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7. Board Game: Briscola [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4756]
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I'll play Briscola from time to time if we're hunting for a traditional card game to play. It's not a favorite, but I like that it plays quickly and that there's no requirement to follow suit. I teach this with an Ace-Ten schedule instead of the Ace-Three ranking needed with a traditional Italian deck.

I've only played two- and three-handed games. I very much want to try the five-player discovered partnership variant, Briscola Chiamata.

I like what you're trying, but the conditions of this list make it tough to come up with games I feel worth recommending. For example, I'm happy to know Lamarckian Poker and Gops for a rare play, but neither are trick-taking games. Hokm is a pleasant game, but it's one of a crowded field of Whist variants. ("Why aren't we playing Bridge?") Oh Hell! is decent if we absolutely have to accommodate 5+ players in a traditional card game instead of breaking into smaller groups. However, I suspect that most people know of it, and some would put it on a "great" list.

There, I smuggled some games onto your list in spite of its criteria.
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8. Board Game: Too Many Cooks [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2664]
Jimmy Okolica
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I'll probably get some push back on this one, but I felt like the game was too swingy to make it one I'd want to play regularly. It's an interesting concept where players secretly decide what they are trying to do each round. However, since you can only do each thing once, it's possible to get stuck using goal 1 on round 3 and then get a great hand for goal 1 on round 4. Not bad, but not one I'd ask to play.
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