Welcome again to my ramblings and welcome back to part two of my mini-series of Popular Games from Around the World. In the First one, we talked about Kaiser from Canada and Whist from Great Britain. If you haven’t read that yet, you should go take a look.
Once again, I’d like to reiterate that the world has so many games from so many different places and while I would love to write about every single, it isn’t possible (won’t stop me from trying though). So, I haven’t talked about a game or you would just like to share a game with me to try, please feel free to reach out to me and tell me all about it.
The first game we’re talking about in this article is from Mexico. It’s called Conquian and it has a similar play style to rummy. The object is simple, be the first person to collect ten cards.
For Conquian you can use a standard deck of 52 cards with the 8s and 9s removed, but to get the full experience of the game I’d recommend going and buying a traditional Conquian deck. In the traditional Conquian deck, there are four sets called the Oros (golds), Copas (cups), Bastos (clubs) and Espadas (swords). Each set has cards numbered 1-12 minus 8 and nine, leaving you with a 40-card deck.
To play Conquian you need 2 to 4 players, and each player is hoping to play cards in sets or sequences of three or more cards. Once a player has played ten cards they have won.
You start off the game dealing each player nine cards, and the game proceeds by players deciding which cards they would like to keep or pass to their right. Players will draw cards and see if they have the ability to match cards with this drawn car (either by sequencing or set) if so, both are placed in front of the player and they discard a card from their hand, but if not its placed in the discard pile.
The discard pile is fair game to all players and can be used to help themselves or sabotage other players. Play continues like this until someone wins. All in all, a fairly simple game that’s loads of fun
The next game I’m talking about is called Dou dizhu and it’s from China. It’s described as easy to learn but hard to master and is a game of mathematical strategy. It can be played with a standard deck of 52 cards plus the 2 jokers or a traditional Dou dizhu deck can be used.
In Dou dizhu three players first try to outbid each other to be the “landlord” of the game, the remaining players are referred to as peasants. Peasants are teamed up against the landlord and the goal of the game is to be the first person with no cards in hand. A quick note for using a standard deck of cards, the suites won’t matter in this game, all you’re using them four is their numerical values.
Playing is simple, 54 cards are shuffled, and each player receives 17 cards, the additional three are left in the center face down for later. Each player then bids how much risk they are willing to take using numbers 1 (lowest risk) to 3 (highest risk) the player betting the highest risk first is the landlord and receives the cards in the center, but not before they are revealed to the other two players.
Dou dizhu is played similarly to poker except it has a different ranking system, which goes as such: Joker, black and white joker, 2 Ace, king, queen, jack, 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3. You play cards out of your hand by making hands sometimes involving large amounts of cards and then compare hands amongst the peasants and landlord. If the peasants have the winning hand the landlord pays up either in points or money, however it was decided before the game or if the landlord has the highest hand the peasants pay the landlord.
To close out this article I would like to remind you that one of the greatest joys in life is playing games with your friends and families. If you find yourself in a slump or need a pick me up, I always recommend playing something fun and entertaining and maybe the games I talked about today can be your new go to.