OBJECTIVE OF KURKKU: The objective of Kurkku is to not win the last trick of each round and to be the last player not eliminated.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3-4 Players
MATERIALS: A standard 52 card deck, and a flat surface.
TYPE OF GAME: Trick-Taking Card Game
OVERVIEW OF KURKKU
Kurkku is a trick-taking game for 3 to 4 players. It is related to the game Cucumber.
To set up a player will be the dealer for the round. They will shuffle the deck and deal each player 7 cards facedown. The remaining cards are placed in a facedown pile near all players. The cards are ranked with Ace being the highest and 2 being the lowest rank of card. The full ranking is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. The suit of the cards doesn’t matter in this game.
Kurkku is played over a series of rounds and in these rounds, you will play 7 tricks. To start the game the player to the dealer’s left will play the first card of the trick. From then on, the winner of the trick will start the next one.
When playing a trick in Kurkku the player who starts the trick may play any card they would like. The remaining players must then play a card that is the same or higher rank or they must play their lowest ranking card. The player with the highest-ranked card or the highest-ranked card played last.
The cards played by players will remain in front of them. Anyone can look through other players’ cards when deciding what cards to play for their turn.
When the last trick of the round is won, the player who won the trick is penalized. They receive a score equal to the rank of the card the trick was won with. Ace is worth 14 points, king 13, queen 12, jack 11, and the remaining cards are worth face value.
Once a player reaches 30 points it ends the game.
END OF GAME
The game ends once a player reaches 30 or more penalty points. The player with the lowest penalty score is the winner.
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