OBJECTIVE OF BLINDSIDED: Be the player with the highest scoring keeper pile at the end of the game
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3 – 5 players
NUMBER OF CARDS: 52 cards
RANK OF CARDS: (low) 2 – Ace (high)
TYPE OF GAME: Hand building
AUDIENCE: Kids, Adults
INTRODUCTION OF BLINDSIDED
Blindsided is a hand building game that is reminiscent of Thirty One. Players take turns drawing cards while choosing which to keep and which to discard all while trying to build the biggest hand. What differentiates Blindsided from Thirty One is the addition of the blindside card. At the beginning of the game, players must choose a card that was dealt to them and give it to their opponent. At the end of the game, the player with the highest valued blindside card earns a point.
THE CARDS & THE DEAL
Blindsided uses a standard 52 card deck. Shuffle and deal 4 cards to each player. The rest of the deck becomes a draw pile. Turn the top card over and begin the discard pile.
Each player picks one card from their hand and places it face down in front of the opponent to their left. That card stays out in front of the opponent. Each player now has a hand of three cards.
The player left of the dealer starts by drawing the top card from the draw pile or the discard pile. They then choose one card from their hand and place it face down to begin the keeper pile. The turn ends with the player discarding one card. Play like this continues left until each player’s hands are empty.
At the end of the game, each player turns over their blindside card. Whoever has the highest blindside card earns points equal to the value of the card. If there is a tie, the player with the next highest card gets the points.
All players then reveal their keeper pile to see who has the highest total.
2’s – 9’s = points equal to face value
10’s – K’s = 10 points each
Aces = 11 points each
The player with the highest score at the end of the game wins.