You’re probably in that position right now. You’ve got a group of friends that regularly get together for a round of Hold ‘Em. Or maybe it’s Bridge. Or even Canasta. But what you really want to play is one of the newer hobby games that are collecting dust on your shelf.
We’ve covered quite a few card games over the years and think we’ve got a good bead on some titles that will help transition your friends away from a standard 52-card deck and into the wonderful world of themed card games. Here are five that will fit the bill just nicely (in no particular order):
When we first received our copy of Nevermore by Smirk & Dagger Games, we were told it was a cross between Hearts and Pass-the-Crap Poker. That description was dead-on. Your poker friends will be able to utilize some of their strategies when they play Nevermore. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they’re not hiding a raven up their sleeve! Read more about Nevermore here.
This is the one game on our list that is both a card and a board game. We all have that friend that no matter how hard he tries he just cannot win a hand to save his life. Why First? by AEG has the solution – second place wins! At first the premise sounds silly, but once you play just one round, you’ll understand why this game has been so popular. See our full write-up here.
One of our most recent card game previews, 10 Down became an immediate addition to our collection for its unique trick-taking mechanic. In most card games you start over once someone goes out or completes a hand. Not so in 10 Down by CSE Games, that player starts a new hand while everyone else continues working on their previous hands! How does this work? Find out more here.
Grandpa Beck’s Games isn’t a household name, but with titles like Skull King, they’re sure on their way. With rules very similar to Hearts or Spades, getting your card buddies to convert to this multi-round game won’t be a chore at all. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them checking out their three other card game titles! See why we liked Skull King here.
We may have found Lost Cities at a thrift store, but that is someone else’s loss. This Rio Grande Games classic is a staple in many game collections and is probably the best 2-player card game we’ve highlighted to date. Each of you are working to create ascending piles of numbered cards in five different suits and applying multipliers at the right time. You have to see this game (here)!
Before you know it, that Hoyle deck will begin gathering dust and you’ll be buying new games as soon as they are released! I warn you, if you do take our advice, your friends will hate (and love) you for it. Their wallets, not so much.