20 days until…

Idea #4:

When the weather outside is frightful, why not play some games with the family?

Do you have a deck of cards? Why not try some of these games…
Gin Rummy

All these rules as well as the rules to the next game came from a great site: pagat.com. There are a TON of other card games there, if you need more than what I’ve given you. To see those, look here.

One of my favorite games to play is I Doubt It. Its known as a great many things, but because I’m a good adult and this is a public forum, I will continue to call it I Doubt It. The reason that I like this game is because you can play with a whole bunch of people and it isn’t NEARLY as complicated as all those other games.

Here are the rules:

This game can be played by from 2 to 10 players.

One standard pack of 52 cards is used. All the cards are dealt out to the players; some may have more than others, but not by much. The object is to get rid of all your cards. Select at random who should go first and continue clockwise.

On the table is a discard pile, which starts empty. 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 “I doubt it!”. 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.


Check out these books:

The book of card games
795.4 A757b

Hoyle’s rules of games
795.4 M838h


About kitkat

I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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