KARNOFFEL

researched by Ld. Brusten de Bearsul
re-redaction by Modar Neznanich

This is a 4-player game, played in teams.

The object is to for a team to take 3 of the 5 tricks per hand.

Team players sit across from each other.

A 48 card deck is used. (A standard 52-card deck minus the aces.)

The cards are shuffled and each player is dealt 1 card, face up.

The suit of the lowest face up card is trump.

In case of a tie for low card, the suit of the first of the low cards dealt is trump.

Once trump is determined, the players turn their card over, then are dealt 4 more cards (for a total of 5 cards).

The remaining cards are set aside.

The player to the left of the dealer leads the first trick.

The winner of a trick leads the next trick.

The winner of a trick, is the person who plays the highest ranking card of the suit led, unless trumped.

There is no requirement to follow suit, even if a player has cards in that suit.

Non-trump cards rank from King as high to Two as low.

Trump cards, however, have an unusual ranking system.

The Jack of Trump always takes the trick.

The Seven of Trump beats all cards except the Jack of Trump, if its the first card played in a trick; otherwise it ranks just as a seven of the suit led, not as a Trump card. (In case of a tie with the natural 7 of a suit, the first 7 played wins.)

The Six of Trump beats all cards except the Jack of Trump and a leading Seven of Trump.

The Two of Trump beats all but the Jack, leading Seven and Six of Trump.

The Three of Trump beats all but the Jack, leading Seven, Six and Two of Trump, or the leading King of any suit.

The Four of Trump beats all but the Jack, leading Seven, Six, Two and Three of Trump, or the leading King or Queen of any suit.

The Five of Trump beats all but the Jack, leading Seven, Six, Two, Three and Four of Trump, or the leading face card of any suit.

The King of Trump beats all cards except Jack, leading Seven, Six Two, leading Three, leading Four and leading Five of Trump.

The Queen of Trump beats all cards except Jack, leading Seven, Six Two, Three, leading Four, leading Five and King of Trump.

The Ten of Trump beats all cards except Jack, leading Seven, Six Two, Three, Four, Five, King and Queen of Trump.

The Nine of Trump beats all cards except Jack, leading Seven, Six Two, Three, Four, Five, King, Queen and Ten of Trump.

The Eight of Trump beats all cards except Jack, leading Seven, Six Two, Three, Four, Five, King, Queen, Ten and Nine of Trump.

Partners are allowed to discuss what move to make, but must do so openly in front of their opponents.

Whichever team wins 3 or 4 of the 5 tricks wins the hand.

The cards are then gathered, re-shuffled, and the player to the left of the last dealer becomes the new dealer.

The first team to win 12 hands wins the game.


1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Ron Knight
Baron Modar Neznanich, OPel
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