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Subject: A poker feel to a fast playing lightey - On with the money! rss

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Frank Oosterom
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So, what do we get out of this small package? A simple game of points and penalties.


In Geschenkt (or No, thanks), there is a pile of cards in the middle of the table which are numbered 3-35. Nine cards are taken out randomly to avoid mathematical certainty in gameplay.

Each player (3-5) gets 11 red coins, which signify points.
The object of the game is simple: be the one with the fewest penalty points to win. Every card number signifies an amount of penalty points.

When the first player is selected, that player flips the first card open and decides to take the card or put a coin to it. If he/she takes it, the number on that card is the number of penalty points that player gets. Then, he/she flips the next card, and the same choice is made.

If a player puts a coin on it, the next player gets the same decision, and so on, and so on, till the card is taken. Theoretically it's possible to end the game in one turn, which is obviously suicide as that player is the only one with penalty points and thus loses the game to all the other players.

To lessen the number of penalty points, a player can collect series of cards. A serie is two or more cards which form a straight kind of follow up (11-12, 11-14, 3-6, etc.). When such a collection has been collected, only the lowest of that collection is counted as penalty.

The game ends when the pile is empty. All the penalties are counted and the coins count as deductions on the penalties. The player with the fewest points wins.


As can be deducted from the lay out of the game above, this plays lightning fast, and is very easy to learn. Since players are not restricted from not showing how many coins they have, it is a good exercise to decide whether to take a card or put a coin on it.

This means, this game is as light as its package, and is bound to hit the tables at parties, but judged on the reactions I picked up at the first plays on a birthday, there will be a number of people to which this does not appeal to their taste(s). Poker players will most likely be not one of those people, as they can reservedly use their strategies/tactics they are using in that game too.
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