I love trick-taking card games in which you have to win certain cards to earn points. They are popular in my part of Europe – Thousand in Poland and Ukraine, and 66 (or Schnapsen) in Germany and Austria. Both games have a common ancestor, an old game called Mariage (in Polish: Mariasz).
It is believed that popular game of Ludo is very old, but is it? It was patented in 1986, but it was a modern variant of really old game called Pachisi. And I must tell you this older game is more strategic and has a unique, ancient nature.
It fits in your pocket, it costs a few dollars (pounds), you can buy it everywhere and immediately play hundreds of games with it. It does not require any power source. This is of course a deck of cards. Most versatile and comfortable gaming platform in the world! If you want to fully appreciate its charms, if you want to really understand it, you have to learn something about its history and all possible uses in games!
If you like old American movies you could see people playing Gin Rummy. Why exactly this game? There are few reasons! First, this is a game for smart people. Secondly, this is a game with dramatic ending. Thirdly… Gin Rummy has unique taste of the risk mixed with a cool strategy.
If you are looking for a relaxing but not to easy game to play with friends, malefiz is a great choice. Unfortunately, the basic variant of the game is for 4 players only. What to do if you gather a larger group – 5 or 6 people? No problem. There is a variant on a larger board!
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I think everyone know what dominoes are. Often we treat dominoes as a blocks for children, a simple toy for learning to count. Sometimes we play with kids, because this game seems simple. In my country (Poland) it’s unusual to see adults playing dominoes. What a pity! This game is more addictive than you think, and besides it has a fascinating history. Moreover, you can play many games with one set of domino tiles, just like you can play many games with one deck of cards.
There are many games with element of luck. Most are played with dice or cards or there are games with dominoes and word games. Some people believe that these games are “worse”, unworthy of study and you can not by true master in such games because everything depends on luck. I would like to refute this image. Games with random element can be very interesting and they can build your brain, but in different way than purely strategic games. Besides in practice, even in games with no random elements there is some element of luck.