Sorry for the slight delay in this week’s game. If you’ve read my posts from this week (Update 1, Update 2, Update 3), you know it’s been a pretty intense week for the Hanson Family. I’m happy to report that baby Link is holding strong after his open heart surgery. Today he had both his chest tubes and his breathing tubes taken out, and his vitals are strong. Whew. I can’t thank everyone enough for your thoughts and prayers. They’ve really helped our whole family to make it through this. Although Link has a lot of recovery left to go, he seems to have made it through the worst of it. So Thank You.
This week’s card game is great to play with kids or adults alike, and it was one of my favorites as a kid. I love how fun and simple it is. We could play Crazy Eights for hours. In case you missed them, check out Game 1 and Game 2.
The first person to get rid of all of their cards wins. This game can be played in rounds, and in that case, the player with the lowest score at the end of the game wins. Just pick a number of rounds that you’re going to play. So for example, decide at the beginning that you’ll play to 5 rounds or 10 rounds, and whomever has the lowest score at the end of the 10th round, wins.
Deal 5 cards face down to each player (if there are only two players, deal 7 cards per player). Place the remaining cards in a pile and flip the top card over (this will be the discard pile).
Play starts to the dealer’s left and continues clockwise. To lay downon top of the discard pile, a player must be able to play a card that is a) the same suit as the top card or b) the same number/type as the top card. During each player’s turn, they can either play a card of the same type or suit on top of the discard pile, or if they do not have a card that matches the type or suit, they must draw a card from the pile.
To demonstrate, let’s say the first card flipped over on top of the discard pile is a 9 of clubs. The first player to the left of the dealer can play any card in the club suit, a 9 of any suit, or an 8 of any suit.
Player #1 plays the 3 of clubs (as seen above). Play #2 can either play another club, a 3, or an 8.
Player #2 goes with the 3 of hearts.
Player #3 doesn’t have a 3, an 8, or any hearts, so she has to draw from the draw pile. Player #4. . .
plays a Jack of Hearts.
The next player is out of hearts and Jacks, so they lay down an 8 and name that the suit the next player needs to play will be Diamonds. The next player must play an 8 or a diamond or draw from the draw pile:
Luckily, they have an Ace of Diamonds. And so the play continues until someone runs out of cards.
Eights: Eights are the special, magic card in this game. An eight of any suit may be played on any card, and then the player who laid the eight must nominate a suit that the next player needs to play. The next player can either play another eight, play a card of the nominated suit, or they must draw a card from the pile.
Ending the Game
The first player who gets rid of all his or her cards wins. The remaining players score penalty points for the cards left in their hands: 50 points for an eight, 10 for a Jack, Queen, or King, and all other cards at face value (one point for an ace, two points for a two, three points for a three, etc).
If the draw pile runs out: If the draw pile runs out, play should continue without drawing. A player who cannot play should pass. If all players pass, shuffle the discard pile and flip it over to become the draw pile and continue play.
Have you ever played Crazy Eights? As usual, I’d love to hear any rule variations or different versions.
Have a great three day weekend! Go Niners!