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Subject: Know Thy Own Gift (and a question about the flow of play) rss

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The rules don't specifically address this (except implicitly by their silence on this point), but it's worth mentioning that you do not shuffle the cards after placing your gifts on the table. So this means that you know which gift you placed and which gifts your opponents have placed - you just don't know the contents of the gift they're giving. But sometimes you may even want to remember and choose your own gift!

When researching the traditional White Elephant game when we played it at some birthday parties recently, I discovered that there are actually a lot of different ways of playing the game. The Wikipedia article on the subject lists many variants. But when describing the usual way of playing, it states: "If a person has their gift stolen, they also have the option of choosing a wrapped gift or stealing an unwrapped one." Am I understanding correctly that in the card game the flow of play works differently, and that if a person has their gift stolen they do not go immediately next, but rather the next player in turn order (unless they already have a gift)?
 
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In the card game a player who has their gift stolen DOES immediately go next, just as in the traditional gift exchange game. When a new gift is selected (a new card turned over) THEN the next player in clockwise order takes their turn to select a gift.
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bkelley wrote:
In the card game a player who has their gift stolen DOES immediately go next, just as in the traditional gift exchange game. When a new gift is selected (a new card turned over) THEN the next player in clockwise order takes their turn to select a gift.

Thanks for clarifying that - it does mean we played our first half a dozen games wrong (it still worked okay though). I suppose if you're familiar with the traditional White Elephant gift exchange this may be obvious, but it wasn't entirely obvious to us from the rules. We've already got in another game playing this correctly, and look forward to trying it some more this way!
 
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