Oooh – I like this week’s topic! I’m going to be sure to hop around and maybe discover games I’ve never heard of. Jenna Da Sie says:
I love game nights! Do you have a favourite game you like to play when you get together with friends or family?
We are a BIG game playing family. Over the years we’ve played all different kinds. For board games, we probably play Pictionary and Scrabble the most, but we’ve been known to play Monopoly, Sequence and Risk. Our usual game of choice is some sort of card game, though. We know all sorts of different Rummy games, and May I? and Ugly Sticks are old favourites. Recently we’ve been playing a game called Golf. I have no idea why that name. Maybe it’s because you are trying to get the lowest score and you play 9 rounds. The rules are quite simple.
Use a standard 52 card deck including jokers.
Deal 4 cards to each player (works best with no more than 6 player and one deck of cards). Place remaining cards face down and start the discard pile with one face up card.
Each player looks at ONLY TWO of their cards, then places all four cards face down. You can only look at the beginning of the round – no peeking later!
The goal is to get the lowest score. Each card is worth its face value (Jacks and Queens are worth 10) except as follows: Fives are worth minus five, Kings are worth zero, Jokers cancel out the card of the highest value, and pairs cancel each other out.
On your turn, you choose either the discard or the top of the facedown deck. If you choose the discard, you place it face up in front of you and discard one of your face down cards. If you choose the top of the deck, you can either discard it or replace one of your face down cards. But each turn you must turn leave a new card face up. Once a card is face up it is “locked” and cannot be discarded. Play continues until all players have revealed all their cards.
At the end of the round, points are tallied, and at the end of nine rounds the person with the lowest score wins.
The element of chance makes this game lots of fun, because you don't know if the two cards you didn't look at are good or bad, so sometimes make the wrong decision.
What about you? What is your favourite game to play? I’d love to hear from you! Then, be sure to hop over to AJ Anderson (a new Romance Writers Weekly member!) to see what games she likes to play.