Thursday, 24 March 2011

It is raining!

081/365, originally uploaded by craigand.
This is a card game we picked up in Prague. Ostensibly a traditional game, it's pretty much a variant of any number of standard card games played with a 52 card deck, but with its own oddities.

There are 32 cards, with 8 cards in each suit. The suits are acorns, bells, hearts and leaves. Each contains 4 picture cards (king, queen, jack and serf, I think) and 4 number cards. The number cards, bizarrely, are the 7, 8, 9 and 10.

I used a spot of OCR and Google Translate magic to translate the instruction card from Czech to English. I don't think it worked very well. Here they are:

It's Raining

Number of players; 2-5
Goal of the game: the winner the player who first gets rid of all cards.

The course of the game, each will receive 4 cards. The rest remains on the table as a talon. The top card kitty turns and puts the middle stoiu, where a basis swap package. The game begins the player to the left of the dealer. Its task is to attach odio · woman card sheet of the same value or color. We do not have a corresponding tab, you can take advantage of special properties of the upper to change color. So he Earth as green nine trump Heart uppers. Then, you need to report the color of a superstructure. And even if we do not have any opportunity, we must gain a card from the talon. Then comes the next player. Exceptional cards: If someone Plot seven, then the next player must immediately take on two cards (but no one was allowed to drop from their cards). However, if the player is also seven, and can be used to force the opponent to take the next four cards at once. If you follow all four of the seven in a row, the last player to collect 8 cards. Another unique card is an ace in the game. If someone earns, the player has left after one round left out. The player who first gets rid of all the cards, announces it is raining.

So there you go. From what we can decipher, playing a 7 means pick up 2 cards, and playing an ace (which we decided meant the serf, although it's not clear) means miss a go. Otherwise, matching suit or value until you have none left. For such a simple game, it can last for ages!

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