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--Games
   unique
   to this site!-

Skarney-- John Scarne’s scoring rummy

Skarney Gin-- Scarne’s gin rummy

Sequence Gin-- gin rummy variant

The Big Game-- 42 with 11 tricks

42 variations-- we’ve got them all

Yukon-- unique trick-taking game from the 1898 gold rush.

Quinto-- unusual fun game from 1900

Marjolet-- one-deck Bezique from France

Jo-Jotte-- complex Bridge-like game for two

Domino Euchre-- Euchre with dominoes

Call-Ace Domino Euchre-- variant

Iceberg-- unique scoring rummy

Arlington Hts-- our own invention

Fortune Rummy-- lost since the 1940s

Teeko-- “lost” board game

Ringo - unusual board game


--42 family
  Dominoes--

42 -- the parent game

The Big Game -- 42 with 11 tricks instead of 7

42 Variations -- including 80, 88, 84, 79, Nello, Plunge, and Sevens

Moon -- 3 player relative to 42

Partnership Moon -- 4 player Moon


---Cuban
   Games---

Cubilete -- Great Cuban dice game

Domino Cubano --
Dominoes, Cuban-
style


---Dice
   Games--

Farkle-- Among the   best dice games, it dates back hundreds of years

Cubilete -- Great Cuban dice game

More dice games


--Games by
  John Scarne-

Skarney Gin-- Takes Gin Rummy to a whole new level

Skarney-- The most sophisticated scoring rummy.

Scarney Dice games

Teeko-- board game

Scarne’s Bio


---Download
FREE game
   books!---

A to Z of Dice Games -- rules for many great dice games (55 pages)

American Hoyle by Trumps 1894 (540 pages)

Foster’s Hoyle 1897 (625 pages)

Pirate Bridge -- great 3-person Bridge variant from 1917 (190 pages)

Conquian -- ancestor to modern rummy 1913 (90 pages)


---Scoring
   Rummies---
 
 
500 Rummy

 
500 Partnership

 
Persian Rummy

 
Fortune Rummy

 
Arlington

 
Arlington Hghts

 
Skarney


---Gins---

 Oklahoma Gin

 
Sequence Gin

 
Skarney Gin


--Bezique
  Family--

Marjolet -- 2 players with 32 cards

Bezique -- 64 cards

Polish Bezique -- 64 card variant

Rubicon Bezique -- 128 cards

Chinese Bezique --
192 cards for Bezique-mania!

Zetema -- a long lost related game

BBC rules for all
forms of Bezique


--Rare Card
   Games--

Bridgette -- Best two-handed Bridge variant.  Compare it to Jo-Jotte

Bid Whist -- Unique whist variant popular among African Americans.

Eleusis Express -- famous unique inductive logic game.


--Historic
  Card
  Games--

Historic British Card Games-- rules for 12 once-popular games no longer played.

Medieval and Renaissance card and dice games.


--Fascinating
     Profiles---

Ely Culbertson--
He made Contract Bridge famous.

Al Sobel on the invention of Jo-Jotte

John Scarne--
Houdini’s friend, card magician, author, games inventor.

The rather odd and interesting story of the
United States Playing Card company.

Joseph Wergin--
Skat should have been it, not Contract Bridge!

R.F. Foster--
Biggest game book author from the 1880s to the 1930s

Stewart Culin--
Invented the modern science of ethnography - based on games!


-- Original
   card,
   dice &
   domino
   games--

Parlett’s games

Pips web site

Pagat web site


--Hundreds
   more
   games!--

The Card Games Web Site

Domino Game Rules

A - Z of Dice Games

BoardGameGeek - all board games


---Computer 
   Games--

Products to which we have no commercial ties but recommend:

Ringo (free)

Teeko (free)

Curtis Cameron offers fine 42 and Moon programs.

Cardmaster offers 25 games including Zetema, Bezique, Klabberjass, and Bid Whist.

Here’s Bid Whist online or on your PC.


--Domino
   Games--

Domino Euchre--the card game played with dominoes!

Call-Ace Euchre-- domino Euchre variant

42 -- the parent game

The Big Game -- 42 with 11 tricks instead of 7

42 Variations -- including 80, 88, 84, 79, Nello, Plunge, and Sevens

Moon -- 3 player relative to 42

Partnership Moon -- 4 player Moon


---Favorite
   Sites---

The Card Games site has the most card games rules anywhere

Playing Cards site has playing card history and pictorial examples.

House of Cards has a nice mix of rules, PC games, handheld games, and books.

Kadon Enterprises sells beautiful quality board games

Find hundreds of
chess variants here

The Life of Games is an online games magazine

DominoLinks site links to many domino sites

David Parlett invents great card & board games!

BoardGameGeek covers all board games

 

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-- Game Selection Chart --

Game:

Medium:

# Players:

Learning:

Play:

42

Dominoes

       4

Average

Average

The Big Game

Dominoes

       4

Average

Advanced

42 Variations

Dominoes

   4 to 8

Average

Advanced

Moon

Dominoes

       3

Average

Average

Marjolet

Cards

       2

Average

Average

Bezique

Cards

       2

Average

Advanced

Polish Bezique

Cards

       2

Average

Advanced

Zetema

Cards

   2 to 6

Average

Average

Domino Euchre

Dominoes

       4

Easy

Average

Call-Ace Euchre

Dominoes

       4

Easy

Average

Cubilete

Dice

   3 to 6

Easy

Easy

Iceberg

Cards

   2 to 5

Easy

Average

Jo-Jotte

Cards

       2

Advanced

Advanced

Klaberjass

Cards

       2

Average

Average

Oklahoma Gin

Cards

       2

Easy

Average

Sequence Gin

Cards

       2

Easy

Average

Skarney Gin

Cards

       2

Easy

Advanced

Skarney

Cards

   2 to 4

Easy

Advanced

Game Descriptions --

         42, The Big Game & Moon-- Some domino games use the tiles as if they’re playing cards.
                   Contestants play them to tricks.   42 is one.  Sometimes called the “national game
                   of Texas,” it was invented there over 100 years ago by two Baptist pre-teens who
                   weren’t allowed to play cards. This classic four-person trick-taking tile game
                   spread by word-of-mouth and remains popular today in the Lone Star state.

                   The Big Game is our own invention, a 42 variant played with a 9-9 domino set. 
                   It’s proved very popular locally.  Try it and send us your comments!   
                
                   This site may be unique on the web in covering 42 and all its variations.

        
Marjolet, Bezique, Polish Bezique and Zetema -- Pinochle is among the most strategic
                   two-handed card games. Marjolet is a delightful, simpler variant.

                   Bezique is the original European parent game.  Bezique was the favorite of
                   English royalty like Prince Albert and Edward VII; Churchill played it as well.
                   Change a single rule and you can play a wildly different game, Polish Bezique.

                   Zetema is a long-lost card game from the 1880s.  It is based on a novel concept and
                   gives you a glimpse into the minds of the Victorians through a most unusual game.
                   Zetema was lost to the world until re-discovered and revived by Sid Sackson in 1969.

         Domino Euchre and Call-Ace Euchre -- Euchre is a quick simple card game.  It was the
                   most popular social game in America from the middle to the end of the 19th century. 
                   Play it with dominoes like they did in the old days for a unique twist.

                   Call-Ace Euchre is a wild form of the game where you don’t know who your partner
                   is -- until you can figure it out during play. Youch!

        
Cubilete is a traditional Cuban dice game. It’s one of the most popular games on the island.
                   It’s quick, easy, and works well with groups of 3 to 6 players.  It’s great for group fun.

        
Iceberg is a rummy game with a unique concept.  Every player builds to the same melds,
                   and the points increase as they do.  The initial meld is but the tip of the iceberg. 
                   This is one of the world’s great unknown rummies.

          Klaberjass and Jo-Jotte -- While only card connoisseurs will recognize Klaberjass,
                   the game is played world-wide under such names as Kalabrias, Bela, Darda, and
                   Clobyosh.  It’s the “national game” of France under its name of Belote.  There are very
                   few trick-taking games for two players -- this might well be the best.

                   Jo-Jotte is a bridge-like variant of Klaberjass invented by Ely Culbertson in 1937. 
                   Mr. Culbertson was the card genius and promoter who single-handedly popularized
                   Contract Bridge in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s.   He took Clobyosh and added
                   a Bridge-like scoring system.  If you like Bridge, try Jo-Jotte next time you need a
                   two-player game.

                   Read about Mr. Culbertson’s fascinating life
here.  He was arrested during the 
                   Russian revolution of 1905, then single-handedly popularized Bridge in the 1920’s
                   and 1930’s, and he testified before Congress promoting his world peace plan
                   during the Cold War. His unusual life encompassed some of the great events of the
                   20th century.

        
Oklahoma Gin, Sequence Gin, and Skarney Gin -- Gin Rummy is a great two-hander -- easy
                   rules, fast hands, yet not devoid of depth.

                   Sequence Gin is our own invention, a Gin variant with but a few differences in rules yet
                   interesting enough for pleasant diversion.

                   Skarney Gin is a higher-end gin rummy invented by the card master, John Scarne.  It
                   suggests where further development of Gin might lead to. Try it for greater
                   intellectual challenge than most other rummies. 

                  John Scarne was a card magician who knew Houdini and showed card tricks to
                   Arnold Rothstein (the gangster who fixed the 1919 World Series).   He also dealt
                   President Roosevelt all Aces in a poker game and amused and confused General
                   Eisenhower (from whom he accidentally stole the D-Day invasion plans during a
                   magic trick!).   Read his fascinating life story
here.

        
Skarney -- John Scarne considered this game his masterpiece.  It’s a rummy, a nice new
                   formulation vaguely related to Canasta or Fortune Rummy.   This is one of the few
                   really good rummies for four players configured into two opposing partnerships. 
                   Highly recommended.

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