Traditional Games

Have fun playing simple Traditional Games.  There are many card, dice, and checkerboard games that people have been playing for years.  Some games are overly simple like War and Old Maid.  Others are overly complicated like Bridge, Pinochle, and Chess.  And some are gambling games that I choose to leave out because I prefer family games.

My personal list of 'simple' card, dice, and checkerboard is as follows:

CARDS:
- Crazy Eights is a matching game where you must match the last card played by rank or suit, or draw cards until you can. The object is to get rid of your cards.
- Cribbage is an adding game where each card played is added to the previous total. The object is to score points by reaching a total close to 31, or by creating card combinations - cards totaling 15, cards of the same rank, or cards in sequence.  Then each player scores points for his or her own card combinations.
- Fan Tan is a layout game where you place cards on a layout by suit in sequence. The object is to get rid of your cards.
- Gin Rummy is a draw/discard game. The object is to collect card combinations - cards of the same rank, or cards of the same suit in sequence.
- Go Boom is a trick game where you must match the rank or suit of the card that was lead, or draw cards until you can. Tricks are used solely to determine who leads to the next trick, the cards are left on the table. The object is to get rid of your cards.
- Hearts is a trick-taking game. The object is to avoid taking Hearts or the Queen of Spades in tricks.
- Kings Corners is a layout game where you place cards on a layout by next lower rank and opposite color. The object is to get rid of your cards.
- Knaves is a trick-taking game. The object is to avoid taking Knaves (Jacks) in tricks.
- Oh Pshaw is a trick-taking game. The object is to take the number of tricks bid in each round. (I like scoring 1 point for each correct bid.)
- Rolling Stone is a trick game where you must match the suit of the card that was lead. The only player to take the cards in a trick is the first player who cannot match the suit. The object is to get rid of your cards.
- Twenty Nine is a trick-taking game. The object is to take tricks by playing the card that adds up to 29.
- Thirty One is a draw/discard game. The object is to score closest to 31 points with 3 cards.
- Whist is a trick taking game. The object is to win the most tricks.

DICE:
- Centennial is a 3-dice game. Roll a series of numbers in order.
- Pig is a 1-die game. Score the numbers rolled unless you roll a 1.
- Shut the Box is a 2-dice game. Roll the numbers from 1 to 9.
- Yacht is a 5-dice game. Score points by rolling combinations.

CHECKERBOARD:
- Checkers. Try to capture your opponent's checkers.
- Fox and Hounds. Four hounds try to stop a fox from reaching the opposite side of the board.
- Halma. Move all of your checkers from one corner of the board to the other.
- Giveaway Checkers. Try to lose all of your checkers.

If you cannot find a particular game here, you can buy or borrow a book containing the rules for that game, or you can look for the rules online.  A list of game books, game websites, and directories linking to game websites is provided in the Game Resources.

And you can find rules for playing some traditional games in articles on the Game Articles page.  Look for articles marked with a 'T' for traditional game.

And there is also a subpage containing Variations for traditional games.
 

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