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David G.
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I'm getting together with some friends tomorrow to play cards and we have five people.

This group definitely isn't the group to bring one of "our" type of games to. If the deck of cards doesn't have the traditional suits and numbers, they're gonna start freaking.

Any idea as to what to play? It seems that Cribbage and Hearts are out. The birthday boy doesn't like Poker, so that's out.
 
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Egyptian Ratscrew!

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/15712

Actually was a staple in college when we wanted to waste time doing something.

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This is one of my favorites using a regular deck.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/1116


 
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Here's a list of traditional card games that support 5 players:
http://www.pagat.com/number/5_players.html

President, Palace, and Cheat are fairly common and simple party type games.

Oh Hell! is a fairly simple exact-bidding trick taker. Sheepshead is ... less simple. Japanese Napolean looks interesting as well. You can play Hearts with five, though I've no idea what it's like.

If you're looking to try a climbing game (other than President), maybe take a look at Zheng Fen (an ancestor of Tichu).

Also, there're several games in the Rummy/Canasta family with 5-player variants.

Have fun.
 
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davebo wrote:
It seems that Cribbage and Hearts are out.


I have played Hearts with five before. You deal out ten to each person, set the other two cards aside face-down and the first person to capture a heart (or the QS) takes the two extra cards.
 
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The other way to play Hearts with five people is for the players to take turns sitting out a hand. Once we figured this out (in the 1970s, when we were playing a LOT of Hearts), we never played it five-handed again.

Simply cut the cards to see who will sit out the first hand -- or if you're itching to get started, make it the last person to arrive. The player with the worst score after the first hand (and if there are ties, you can find some way to break them) gets up and lets the fifth player take his seat. Same thing after the next few hands: player with the worst score (who has not yet sat out) gets up and lets the fifth player back into the game. Once the order of taking turns to sit out has been established, stay with the same order for the rest of the game.

If somebody shoots the moon, of course the player not at the table does not get penalized.

The deal passes to the left with the table position, not the player.

The really nice thing about this for sociability is that everybody has a chance now and then to get a drink, use the bathroom, whatever, without bringing the game to a halt.
 
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Sheepshead is an excellent card game, and it plays best with 5.
 
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Briscola chiamata or "due" is the best 5 player card game in my opinion.
 
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We usually play that the last 2 face down cards are taken on (with) the first trick. That way only the first person really knows whether shooting is an option.
 
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One game I have heard recommended is Chinkway (wordplay on Cinque). It was commercially published as Farfalia.

http://www.pagat.com/invented/chinkway.html

Here is a review of Farfalia: http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/11/11005.phtml

The US version on Wizard has regular looking cards along with Jesters and Wizards.

 
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wargamer66 wrote:
Sheepshead is an excellent card game, and it plays best with 5.


Yes, it's a good one. 5-player rules at http://www.sheepshead.org/basicrules.htm

I have taught several people to play; it's a weird game at first, with a small deck that's over 40% trump. The primary difficulty is getting people to remember that what looks like a heart might not be one.

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52 card pickup is a great classic. Supports any number of players.
 
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500 supports 5 players out of a standard deck:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/13123
 
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wargamer66 wrote:
Sheepshead is an excellent card game, and it plays best with 5.
Once upon a time sheepshead was the ONLY game we played when we had 5 people together. Sometime we even played when we had six, and everyone would sit out every sixth hand and prepare the next deal with a different deck.

Forget Puerto Rico, Sheepshead is one of the best games on the planet. Not all old school games are monopoly and candyland! You think Shadows over Camelot invented the idea of cooperative gameplay with a possible hidden traitor? Sheepshead beat it by a couple hundred years! And the VERY best part is that you can gamble, yet people can come and go from the game as you please.
 
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We play 500 and Oh Hell. These are both good trick taking games. Oh Hell has a couple of different ways to play. We learned the game from an old Hoyle's book and we enjoy that version more.
 
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bwingrave wrote:
wargamer66 wrote:
Sheepshead is an excellent card game, and it plays best with 5.


Yes, it's a good one. 5-player rules at http://www.sheepshead.org/basicrules.htm

I have taught several people to play; it's a weird game at first, with a small deck that's over 40% trump. The primary difficulty is getting people to remember that what looks like a heart might not be one.

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Sheepshead is the first game I thought of. What I find helps new people is a crib sheet with the order of trump and the order of the suits. I have taught many people how to play over the years. I learned this one when I was 12, myself, so it's really not that difficult.

 
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Aahemm............POKER!!!!
 
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Hearts

Remove the 2 of spades and 2 of diamonds to make the deck even as I recall.
 
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Crockerdile wrote:
Aahemm............POKER!!!!
... said the man who didn't read the OP
 
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