When We Held Kings
: The oral history of the 2003 World Series of Poker
, in which an amateur named Moneymaker
turned $39 into $2.5 million and the poker boom was born.
Hanafuda (Koi Koi)
is a flash game that plays
with the hanafuda
deck of cards. (As a trivia side note, hanafuda cards were the beginning of Nintendo
Once you're familiar with the deck, you can play Minhato
, a java game
that uses the same cards. [more inside]
Katrina: The Gathering
is the latest great new collectible card game!
I almost don't know how to describe it. A brilliant, concise, very complete, and quite hilarious1
summary of the the political fallout. It just keeps going and going and going. I think I want to play a game of it.
1 - My options are laugh or cry, so.
The only rule I can tell you is this one.
In the vein of self-modifying games such as Nomic
, 1000 Blank White Cards
, and Cosmic Encounter
, comes Mao
: the game where the only way to learn the rules is by banging
against them. Repeatedly
Poker player plays for 24 hours in a row? Yawn.
Online poker player plays eight tables simultaneously for 24 hours in a row? Interesting.
Are bluffing bots
outplaying human poker players online? They might not be as strong
as Vex Bot
, but they could spell trouble for the booming online-poker
If you live in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky or Pennsylvania (“the Euchre belt”) Euchre
might be a familiar pastime or at least well, familiar. The game is not exclusive to those areas but is most concentrated in the Midwest. It used to be one of the most popular card games the U.S.
but lost out to bridge. Today the game has somewhat of a cult following in Midwest towns and especially on college campuses
. It is a fast paced thinking game that combines strategy
and skill with luck that can eat away hours of a person’s life. If you have never played the game I encourage you to read an introduction
and try yahoo games
. (I hope this is not too common to bring up, but I rarely see anyone playing online not from the states listed above.) Warning popups.
The Game of 1000 Blank White Cards.
Yesterday's talk about Game Neverending and Nomic
reminded me of this outside-the-box game that was first brought to my attention by an article in GAMES Magazine earlier this year. The game is quite simple: Before you play, you have to think up and create the cards. Create them how? What goes on them? How do you play? Anything goes. [more inside, including excerpts and more links]
Here's a gift for all
. Someone got a deceptively simple card game as a stocking stuffer. Three shapes. Three colors. Three shades. Three different numbers of objects. Put 3 things together that are completely similar or completely different, for all four variables. It's a card game that instantly sucked several of us in and felt like playing Tetris the first time. Go ahead and give it a try
(note, I've been playing this for a couple hours today and I could only find 4 of the 6 possible sets).