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Subject: Black Spy has the "Heart" of a good trick taking game! rss

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There's no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and yeah the human tragedy consists of the necessity of living with the consequences, under pressure, under pressure. -Courage (For Hugh Maclennan): The Tragically Hip
We're forced to bed, but we're free to dream. -Gift Shop: The Tragically Hip
Black Spy is a twist on the traditional card game "Hearts". The first player plays a card, each player after that must play either a card of the same suit/colour, or the same number as the card that was lead. If they can't do that then they play another card of their choice.

The cards of the black suit have positive points. The 7s of the other suits/colours are -5 points. If you can capture all the black cards in a hand that player scores no points, and all other players score 60 points.

The game ends when a player reaches a predetermined number of points dependent upon the number of players. At that point the player with the least number of points wins the game.

The cards are nice, with pictures of 1940's looking characters on them. The spy theme is totally pasted on, and has nothing to do with gameplay. There are a number of variants that diverge from the basic game described above. The game itself is fast and fun though. I play it at work constantly on lunch break, and it is a huge hit that is requested time and again. Recommended.
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