Ask the grumpies: What is your favorite card game?

Leah asks:

What is your favorite card game?

The Great Dalmuti.  Also, three person spades.

I really like the kinds of card games that are fast and allow for lots of revolutions of who is in charge in repeated games.  So everyone wins a bunch.  (Though I also like the person who is winning gets an advantage… until the Revolution, of course.)

My family is really into the Werewolf games.

9 Responses to “Ask the grumpies: What is your favorite card game?”

  1. Steph Says:

    I play Magic the Gathering, but that’s is probably not quite what you’re asking about.

    Munchkin and Fluxx are quite fun, they both come in lots of themes so you can pick one that appeals to you. The basic version of Fluxx is generic, but the basic Munchkin is a sendup of D&D.

    Coup is also fun, the flavor is neat and it moves quickly, though there’s skill and bluffing involved. With both this and Munchkin, you have to have a group who’s willing to backstab and knock each other out without taking it personally. My old playgroup hated both Coup and Munchkin because they didn’t like that aspect.

    (I’m sorry if this posts repeatedly, I keep getting errors!)

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      DH gave all his Magic the Gathering cards (hundreds of dollars, perhaps more, worth) to his brother in college at which point I told him he was not allowed to get back into that hobby. (His next collectable game was mage knight and he ended up giving those to another relative eventually.)

      DH has tired to get rid of my Fluxx deck a few times– I’ve had to remind him that it’s MY pack, not his and it doesn’t take up much space. Fortunately now that my kids are older, they can appreciate it so DH has stopped trying to get rid of it. (Sidenote: our apples to apples game is first edition and it reminds me of playing 20 year old trivial pursuit as a kid… a game that definitely needs updating.)

      My kids are much more into cooperative games than competitive ones, but they’re fine with competitive ones like Werewolf that have a bazillion semi-random rounds so even if you lose this round you’re likely to be winning again soon. It helps that they don’t keep track of total number won.

    • Leah Says:

      My family loves Munchkin. It’s been awhile since we played. My brothers and I used to be super into D&D as kids, so Munchkin is fun. Kind of like quick play D&D.

      • First Gen American Says:

        I credit both of my boy’s vocabulary to pouring through magic the gathering cards. My younger one hates to read but will spend hours looking though cards. I don’t play, but the rest of the family does.

  2. rose Says:

    Sushi Go (Our youngest player is 7), Rummy, Hearts, Uno (youngest player changes the rules to win so one has to be knowledgeable).

  3. af184793 Says:

    Ruckus is great for kids or combinations of kids and adults. My friends and I have been playing the Great Dalmuti for years.

  4. undine Says:

    I am terrible at all card games (the ones with regular decks are the only ones I’ve played) but really enjoy the table talk. In high school, we played a game whose name I’ve forgotten. I remember playing euchre in college and pinochle with my parents occasionally. Oh, and there is a game called Mysterium, but I’m not sure if that qualifies.

  5. Joseph O'Mahoney Says:

    The best card game, although requiring a little bit of knowledge of the hierarchy of poker hands is Big Two, also known as Da Lao Er, or Chor dai di. Very flexible, requires a lot of strategy, meaning that chance doesn’t play too much role in it, and there is a mechanism for balance where the winner in the previous round gives their best two cards to the person who came last in the previous round.

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