Putting Together a Family Card Game Night

It used to be that every family had a family card game night. Families looked forward to sitting down at the end of the week for a good card game. Family game night brought everyone together and helped families to stay close. In today’s world it is so easy to just say you are too busy. It is easy to sit in front of the television or computer instead of getting your family together. If you really want to feel close as a family and to bond like families used to then you need to bring back a family card game night.

To begin with you need to get all the supplies together. You will need a place to play, chairs for everyone and a deck of cards. Your family dining room table may work or you might want to get a card table that you can set up and take down. Find something that will accommodate your whole family.

You should then start to make plans about the best time for your family game night. You know your families schedule best so just sit down and try to find the best time when everyone can be together. You may have to insist that they make accommodations. Some plans may need to be changed at first. Eventually, though, once your solidify family card game night everyone will know not to make plans.

You will also need to figure out what card games to play. If you have never played as a family you may need to teach some members how to play. Try to choose simple, yet entertaining games to begin with. Once everyone starts to get skilled you can increase the difficulty of the games. Also keep in mind the ages of family members. You want to ensure everyone can be involved no matter how young they are. The best thing about card games is that even the most easiest game is still a lot of fun.

You should make your family game night something special. This may help if you have older children who may not be so interested in spending a night with the family. You should make it like a party. Plan out snacks and even put together some great music. You want to create an atmosphere that will make every family member want to be involved.

Make sure that you have a good deck of cards on hand. You might want to have a couple. Some card games involve more than one deck. You should also gather up items to use for betting. This might actually be a good way to get the family involved and excited about playing. You can have family members save pennies so they have something to bet with when family game night comes along.

When the night finally comes to pull off your family game night you must be strict about it. Make sure everyone is there. D not take excuses, which many teens will likely try to give you. Insist that everyone attends. Pull out the snacks, put on the music and get those cards dealt. In no time anyone who didn’t want to be there will be changing their mind and glad they sat down.

Family card game night is not something that has to be a concept from long ago. Today’s families can get together just as families in the past did. You can bring your family together for some old fashioned fun. You will be glad that you did because coming together on family game night is one way to keep your family together.

Card Games to Play Alone

One of the greatest things about card games is that you do not need anyone else to play a great game. There are a range of card games that you can play alone. All you need is a simple pack of cards and you can keep yourself busy for hours playing classic solitary card games.

The most popular one person card game is solitaire. There are many different versions of solitaire. You can easily play any of them with a deck of cards. Most people know the simple version of Solitaire. It is a classic game that is often passed down through families as older members teach younger members of the family how to play.

The classic solitaire game is played by laying out rows of cards. You then have to use the remaining deck to try to clear all the cards. You must match cards by color and suit to make a sequence of cards ranging from the ace to the king. It may seem simple, but anyone can tell you that winning a game of solitaire can be challenging.

In the different variations of solitaire, the main differences usually are in the lay outs of the spread. Most versions still following the general matching rules of the classic game. Some have special rules or may match the cards differently.

Free Cell is a version of solitaire where all the cards are laid out from the start into piles of all cards face up. You are given 4 free cells where you can place cards that you need to move. The object is still to match cards, alternating colors, following in order from ace to king. This is often considered one of the harder versions of the game.

Many of the newer solitaire games are now available on computer. This allows you to play without even the need for a deck of cards. You do not need to know the layout because the computer games do it all for you. You can easily learn how to play new games since the computer games are often made to make learning the game simple.

Playing card games by yourself is a great way to kill time. Plus you do not have to find someone to play with. You can put together a solitaire game and play all day. You’d probably be surprised at just how fun solitaire can be. Most people think it would be boring, but once you get started you get drawn into the challenge of trying to win. Most solitaire games are very challenging and winning is not easy at all.

Solitaire card games allow you to have a fun time using just a deck of cards. No matter where you are you can put together a game to entertain yourself. With all the different variations you can spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to win them all. In addition, your brain gets a nice workout from trying to solve the game. All around, playing card games all by yourself is something that is fun and educational.

How to Create a New Card Game

Creating a new card game can be as easy as taking an old card game and changing some of the rules. Just look at Hearts.

Hearts is a trick-taking card game for three to six players. It is best played with four players. The object of the game is to avoid taking Heart cards in tricks.

For each hand, the cards are dealt one at a time face-down around the circle as far as they will go equally. Extra cards are laid aside, unseen. The player with the Two of Clubs then becomes the first lead player.

The lead player lays down a card, and each player in turn moving clockwise around the circle lays down a card. Those cards must match the suit of the lead card if possible. The player playing the highest card in the suit that was lead takes the trick, and leads to the next trick. A Heart card cannot be lead until one has been played that does not match the lead card.

Heart cards taken in tricks each score a point. The player with lowest score when another player’s score reaches 100 wins the game.

New rules have been added over time to create new Hearts card games. A three card pass was added after the deal and before play. You pass three cards to a player, and a player passes three cards to you.

Another rule commonly called ‘Shoot the Moon’ was added. With this rule, if you take all scoring cards during a hand, you score zero points, and each of the other players score the total of all scoring cards in play. Or you subtract the total of all scoring cards from your current score.

One new rule made the Queen of Spades a scoring card worth 13 points, while another new rule made the Ten of Diamonds a scoring card worth minus-10 points.

With new rules came new names for some of these games. People now play Black Queen or Omnibus Hearts instead of Hearts.

So what can you do to create a new Hearts game?

You could change the rules to make all of the red cards scoring cards. Heart and Diamond cards would each score 1 point. Or you could make Heart cards each score 1 point, and Diamond cards each score minus-1 point.

Or you could change the rules so that the Two through Nine of Hearts each score two points, while keeping the Ten through Ace of Hearts each scoring one point.

Or you could add some rules from Crazy Eights to make Hearts more interesting. You could play a card with the same rank as the card laid down by the player to your right, no matter what the lead suit was. And you could play an Eight and change the suit of the lead card. (The Eight would belong to the new suit.)

Or you could change the criteria for winning the game. The player with the second-lowest score when another player’s score reaches 100 wins the game.