Collabmas Day 11 2016: Games To Play This Christmas

Welcome Back To A Day In The Life Of The Anonymous Me,

I can’t believe it is already day 11 of Collabmas; Christmas is going to be upon us so soon. Today I am collaborating with Createabelle and she recently moved her blog over to WordPress, so make sure you go and check her new blog out. I love it! I also love playing games with my family at Christmas, which is why today we are going to be sharing with you some games we think you’ll enjoy playing this Christmas. Enjoy!


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First up I want to recommend to you Bananagrams which is a fun word game a bit like Scrabble. You place all the letter tiles face down in a pile and each player takes 14. You the try and make words with them that all link together – a bit like a crossword/scrabble, but you don’t have a board or grid. The game carries on, taking more letters as you go and the game ends when there are less tiles than players in the pile. The winner is the person who finishes first.

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Next up we have Rummikub, which I spoke about this time last year because I LOVE IT! It is another tile game, this time with numbers. This is a game for 4 players. However, you can team up with another person and in this case, 8 people can play. I would recommend that if you are playing with small children then you team them up with an older player. Rummikub is a sequence game and it is so fun!

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Now it wouldn’t be Christmas without some card games would it? I have two different card games to recommend to you today.

First up we have Cheat/I Doubt It/Bullshit. A 52 card pack are dealt out to all the players. This game is suitable for 3-10 players. The aim is to get rid of all your cards. The youngest player starts and then you go round clockwize. On the table is a discard pile, which is empty at the start of the game. A turn consists of discarding one or more cards face down on the pile, and calling out their rank. The first player must discard Aces, the second player discards Twos, the next player Threes, and so on. After Tens come Jacks, then Queens, then Kings, then back to Aces, etc. Since the cards are discarded face down, you do not in fact have to play the rank you are calling. For example if it is your turn to discard Sevens, you may actually discard any card or mixture of cards; in particular, if you don’t have any Sevens you will be forced to play some other card or cards.Any player who suspects that the card(s) discarded by a player do not match the rank called can challenge the play by calling “Cheat!”, “Bullshit!” or “I doubt it!” (depending on what you call the game). Then the cards played by the challenged player are exposed and one of two things happens:

  1. if they are all of the rank that was called, the challenge is false, and the challenger must pick up the whole discard pile;
  2. if any of the played cards is different from the called rank, the challenge is correct, and the person who played the cards must pick up the whole discard pile.

After the challenge is resolved, play continues in normal rotation: the player to the left of the one who was challenged plays and calls the next rank in sequence.The first player to get rid of all their cards and survive any challenge resulting from their final play wins the game. If you play your last remaining card(s), but someone challenges you and the cards you played are not what you called, you pick up the pile and play continues. 

(source: Pagat)

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We then also have Rummy. I have known this card game for years and it still one of my firm favourites.

Rummy is a classic cardgame where the objective is to be the first to get rid of all your cards, by creating melds, which can either be sets, three or four cards of the same rank, e.g. ♥8♠8♦8, or runs, which are three or more cards of the same suit in a sequence, e.g. ♥A♥2♥3. Aces are low, and sequences can not wrap around. There are many, many variations of Rummy that exist, this particular implementation is Basic Rummy, or Traditional Rummy.

Gameplay

The game can have 2,3 or 4 players. If there are only two players they each get 10 cards, if there are three or four player then each player gets 7 cards. After the cards are dealt the deck is put facedown on the table, and one card face up next to it, to start the discard pile. The player to the left of the dealer starts the hand, and gameplay goes as follows:

  1. Start your turn by drawing card from either the deck or the discard pile.
  2. If possible, lay down a meld on the table. You are allowed to put down many melds in each round (in some versions only one meld per turn is allowed).
  3. Lay off cards on existing melds. For example if there’s ♥5♥6♥7 on the table, and you have the ♥8 you may lay it off on the meld. Who put the meld down in the first place doesn’t matter, as soon as a meld is on the table it doesn’t belong to anyone anymore, anyone can use it. You are allowed to lay off as many cards as you want, and you may always lay off, also when you haven’t put down a meld in the round.
  4. End your turn by discarding one card onto the discard pile. If you drew from the discard pile you can not discard that card in the same round. If you only have one card left to discard you put it face down on the discard pile and win the game.

The game continues like this until one player has finished all the cards from their hand. A player is not required to end the game by discarding a card onto the discard pile, if he can lay down all his cards in melds, or lay them off on existing melds the may do so, and will win the game.

If the deck is depleted before a player has won, then the discard pile is shuffled and used as a new deck. If the deck is depleted for a second time then the hand is considered a stalemate and finishes with no one getting any points. 

(source: Card Games)


So there you have it, those are some games that I think would be perfect for you to play this Christmas. Let me know if you now want to play any of these and what games you like to play at Christmas. Make sure you go and check out Createabelle’s blog as well.

Happy Blogging! xx

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