3 Easy Card Games

Hi, Ellie here from the Dark Imp, helping
parents reclaim family time by playing board games together. When I speak to my friends who are parents, a lot of them tell me that they play cards regularly
with their families; on holiday, when they’re out of the restaurant. And in
other situations too; after dinner around the table. It’s interesting when I
start to ask about other card games, other than standard playing cards, most
people don’t really know of any. So I thought it might be useful to share
three simple card games that you could buy, that you play with special cards and not with standard playing cards. These are all brilliant
family-friendly ones. Let’s start with Cockroach Poker. Which is also called Bug Bluff. It’s not poker at all. It’s much more of a bluffing game than anything to
do with poker. I suppose poker is bluffing to a large extent. The pack
has different cards in which have different bugs on, eight different bugs. You can see them all on the back of the cards. So that’s a fly I guess, a scorpion, a
bat. Each of the cards are different. The artwork is really nice. You know all the frogs are different, but they have the same
sort of colours, so you can see it easily, that it’s part of the same set. You
start with the hand of cards. What you’re trying to do, is you’re trying to
palm off cards onto other players. The game ends with somebody losing rather than somebody winning. So you lose if you end up with a set of four cards all of
the same type, the same creature in front of you on the table. So, if I end up with
these four (I suppose they’re toads rather than frogs), these four toads
on the table in front of me, that’s it I’ve lost the game. Or, if I am unable to
take my turn, because every time you pass a card to somebody, that’s what you do on
your turn. If I’m unable to pass a card, I lose. So, what do you do then? Well on your turn, you select a card from your hand secretly, nobody can see what you’ve got,
and you’re going to pass it. So let’s say, I don’t know how many cards you have
in your hand. Let’s say I’m going to take this card and I’m going to slide it down in
front of any other player I choose and say it’s a cockroach. Then that player has to decide, now they have a choice; they can either accept the card
that means they’re going to take it, and then they have to declare if they
think it’s true or false that this card is a cockroach. So I might pass this to
my mum and she might say true, it’s a cockroach. It’s not it’s a bat. Now in
this situation she takes the bat than she has that in front of her. If it was a
cockroach, I would take it and have it in front of me. Or she could say false
in which case she thinks I’m lying and then I would end up with this in front
of me and she wouldn’t. So she’s trying to work out if I’m telling the truth or
if I’m lying. Or I could indeed pass what I’ve said I’m going to pass. Then the person you’re passing to also has another choice. Instead of accepting the card
they could say I’m gonna pass it to someone else. So, let’s say no I say okay
this is a cockroach, and I pass it to my mum and she says no I’m passing it on. So she doesn’t want to accept it. Then she can have a little peek and then she can
pass it to another player. Then she chooses what she says. She can say “this
is a cockroach” or she can say something else, “this is a rat”, and then
the next player can choose whether to accept the card or to pass it on again.
Of course, there’s a limited number of times you can pass it on, because
there’ll be at some point everybody will know what the card is because
everybody’s looked at it, so someone is going to have to say, “yeah okay I think
this is a rat” if that’s what’s being passed. So if I pass it on, I say “I think
this is a cockroach” and my mum looks at it and goes “this is a rat”, then the next person has to decide if my mum is telling the truth or not. It is a rat. That is how you play Cockroach Poker. A light game. Lots of fun. Can cause quite a lot of laughter. This is Dobble. Dobble is a
speed game and in fact there are lots of different versions of it, well four or
five different mini-games that are all mentioned in the rule book. The rule book suggests that you play through the mini games, that you could do five
different games and then work out who’s won the most games. We tend to play the same one over and over, or sometimes spice it up a bit. It’s a very quick game you can fill in ten minutes by playing one mini-game,
5-10 minutes. Or you can choose to play a series of mini-games and which will last
about half an hour. Dobble is a speed game and it’s about awareness and
recognition of symbols really. The cards are great especially for mathematicians. Each card has, now let’s see; one, two three, four, five, six, seven, eight, eight
symbols on them. So here’s an example of a Dobble card. On each card, each each
pairing, no matter which two cards you pick in the pack, each card will have one
symbol, each pair will have one symbol that’s the same. So what is it on these cards? It’s the moon. You have to be able to
quickly look at the cards and find the one symbol that matches. That’s what all
the mini-games are based on. So for example, these two, what is it? It’s
the lightning bolt. You see there’s a the lightning bolt on both cards. None of the other symbols are the same. It’s the same with every single pair of cards,
there are two that are the same. It’s the bonfire. Right, there are
different ways you can play. You can play that you’re trying to get the most cards,
you can play that you’re trying to lose cards the quickest. So for example, you
could have a central pile and everybody has got… for example, what you can do, I mean, I can’t even remember if this is one of
the versions. It’s so easy to make up different variations of this game.You
can start with the central pile and turn over a card and then turn over another
card and the person that spots the symbol first gets the first card, then that one’s gets turned over. The person that spots this symbol next time gets that card. That’s one way to play. You can start with your own piles
and a central card that gets flipped over. You can try and be the first
person to work out what the symbol on the central card is that matches your
own card, and then you take that card. You can try and pick other people’s
cards, so you each turn up a card and you can try and find a matching symbol on
someone else’s card. So there are lots of different variations. They’re all quick.
They’re all fun. It’s a speed game. B warned, the kids are good at this game. You have to be on your toes to even be able to compete. Dobble. Now finally, Coloretto. Oh just a quick word of warning, if you try and buy this from Amazon, you
might end up with it in a different language. Now, that doesn’t necessarily
matter, other than the rulebook. You can usually, for almost every game
that’s published, you can get the rulebook online anyway. If you just
search up Coloretto rulebook PDF on on Google, you will probably come up with it . But it is a bit frustrating if you’ve paid for the game
and it comes in a different language. In fact, on Amazon, I think this is so much
more expensive in English than it is in Italian at the moment. I don’t know why. Tomorrow it might be different. I got my game at a convention,
because I was trying to find it online and it was too expensive. Here we are. Right, so in Coloretto you
have different row markers. They all look like this. They have three cards on them to remind you that you could put three
cards next to any row marker. So there’ll be several of these, I think four of
these different row markers on the table. On your turn, you’re going to
either pick up a card from the deck and place it into a row, or you’re going to
take a whole row. It doesn’t matter if it’s a row that’s full or not. You can
take a row that is not full and three is the maximum for a row. In the deck, we
have different coloured cards. They’ve each got these chameleons on, but really
you’re looking at the colours; green, orange, blue. That it’s very simple. There’s no more information on the card than that. Purple. So these different
suits and all the cards are in one suit or other. So you’re taking a card
from the top of the deck. I’ve got this all mixed up, here we are. Here we go.
You’re taking a card from the top of the deck, you’re looking at it and you’re
deciding which of the rows to place it in. Then at some point, you’re going
to decide to take all the cards in one of the rows, and you put them into your little pile of cards. Then when all of the rows, when everybody’s
taken a row, you replenish the cards, you start again. You keep going and as
you go through the rounds, you’re going to develop a hand of cards. At
the end of the game, this is quick, at the end of the game, you’re going to count up
how many you have in different suits. Now, only three suits will count so if you
have six blue cards you’re going to get 21 points that’s pretty good.
21 points from that. If you have, let’s say you’ve got six blue cards
three green cards you’ll get six points for that. And two yellows, fine will you
get three points for that. But then let’s say you have some cards in a different
suit. Let’s say, you have another two browns and maybe two purples. Well
they’re going to count negative three each. What you’re trying to do is only
take cards from three sets, or at least minimize the cards you’re taking from
other sets. That’s it. It’s simple. it plays quickly. You can play it again and
again. It’s very satisfying. It’s a very light strategy and you can easily play
rounds between dinner. It’s really lovely. On holiday at the beach, in your self
catering apartment in the woods. That’s Coloretto.

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