OBJECT OF GENERALA: The object of Generala is to not be the last player with cards in hand. 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 10 players

MATERIALS: One standard 52-card deck including 2 jokers, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Inflation Card Game



Generala is an inflation game for 2 to 10 players. The goal of the game is to not be the last player holding cards in their hand. To prevent this, players will play cards into tricks following certain rules. For more than three players the game is usually played tournament style with once a player loses, they are out, and a new game is started till one winner is left. 


The first dealer is chosen at random, for future games the dealer is the loser of the last game. for two players, however, the deal passes between the two players. 

The dealer shuffles the deck and deals all cards out one at a time in an anticlockwise fashion. Some players may have more cards. 

Card Rank

The cards are ranked Joker (high), Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 (low).


Generala is played over a series of tricks. The first trick is lead by the player to the dealer’s right. They must the last card they were dealt for the first trick. All other players must follow suit if able. When a player cannot follow suit, they may play a joker. If a player is not able to follow suit or play a joker then they will not play a card to the trick and the remaining players behind them will not get to either. 

If everyone plays to the trick it is flipped and the player with the highest card played (the first joker if there was more than one, or the highest card of the suit led) leads the next trick. 

If a player cannot play to the trick, then the trick immediately ends. The player not able to play will pick up any card from the trick, not including jokers, and put it in their hand. The rest are turned over and discarded. The person to have played the highest card to the trick leads the next.

If a joker is ever lead. The player automatically wins. All players will play a card to the trick though, of their choice. The first joker played always ranks highest so a second joker played will be lost. The leading player will lead again. 

As the game is played, players will start to empty their hands and once they have played their last card they will be out and safe for the game. 


Once there is only one player left with cards in hand that player is eliminated, and the other player starts a new round of the game. in a two-player game, no player is eliminated, players just keep track of their wins and losses. 


The game ends when a final player remains and is crowned the winner. In a two-player game, an even number of games is played and the winner is the player with more wins.  

Amber Crook
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