Thursday, May 12, 2005

Trick me once, shame on me

You know, I just abhor trick-taking games. Can't stand them. It's too bad, too, because I enjoy card games in general quite a lot. But there are so many more things you can do with cards besides take tricks, and I'm not just talking about Magic: The Gathering, which is still a great game, no matter how much I'd like to pretend it isn't sometimes.

6 Nimmt!
Atlantic Star
Bohnanza
Citadels
Coloretto
Mutineer
San Juan

All of those card games are excellent, and it's pretty rare that I'd turn down any of them. In fact, the only trick-taking game that I can think of that I really like is Dilbert: Corporate Shuffle / The Great Dalmuti / Asshole / Who's the Ass?, which are all mostly identical, a trick-taking game that doesn't have suits. Then, of course, there are lots of good card games that are really just board games with cards, like Magic, Netrunner, Dune, Razzia!, The Settlers of Catan Card Game, Illuminati, and I could go on forever.

In fact, I'm usually pretty good at trick-taking games that use a standard deck of playing cards, once I refamiliarize myself with the rules, even though I don't like them. Tonight's game, whatever it was called, was not one of those. We were playing to 100. After three rounds, someone's score was in the twenties. Mine was -100, and that was after taking first in the first round. So, at least someone got to a 100 when we quit.

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