The 52 Card Games project is my first 52 Weeks project. I love card games, and I love learning new games and playing the games I love. For this project, I’m documenting a new card game each Friday. In case you’ve missed any of the first five games, check out all of the previous 52 CARD GAMES.
This week’s card game, Go Fish, is so fun to play with family and kids. It’s a memory game of sorts, so you’ll get ahead by paying very close attention. Make sure to check back next week for Game #7. We’ll be leaving the kid games behind and kicking it up a notch.
Deal 5 cards to each player and then place the remaining cards face down in a pile.
Play starts to the dealer’s left. During a player’s turn, he or she should pick another player to question for a certain card type. Since you are trying to get four of a kind, if you were dealt two or more of any card, you should ask another player for that card.
For example, on my turn, I might ask: “Viet, Do you have any Aces?” If Viet has any Aces, he must give me all of them. If the player you ask has the card you request, you get another turn and you can ask any player for any card (you must have at least one of those cards you ask for in your hand). If the player you ask does not have any cards you requested, they say “Go Fish!” The player who made the request then draws a card from the top of the pile. If the card drawn is the correct card that the player had originally requested (in my case it would have been the Ace), then the player gets another turn. If the card drawn is not the card originally requested, the turn now passes to the player who was last asked (or the one that just said Go Fish!).
As soon as a player collects four of a kind (a book), the player should lay all four down face down.
Ending the Game
The game continues until a player runs out of cards or the pile runs out. The player who has the most books at this point, wins!
Sorry if this is a boring one. Almost everyone knows how to play this game, right? Do you play any differently?
Print out a one page overview of the Go Fish Rules for your next game.
Play on, Players! Have a restful weekend.
In case you missed them, check out this week’s posts: