Saturday, November 05, 2005

#78: Was Sticht?

Was Sticht? offers a nominally normal trick-taking game turned on its ear. First all of the cards are dealt out face-up, players claim the card they want, and then the dealer explains which card would have won the trick. Once everyone has all of their cards, the actual hand is played with the revealed trump (color and suit). Finally, players may be trying to win the hand, the last trick, or no trick at all - depending on what objectives they selected at the start.

Richard Vickery: "Combines several of my favourite games into one package."

picture from Dan Becker... blurb assistance from Kevin Whitmore


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I need to try playing my copy. :-)

8:09 AM  
Blogger Josh Adelson said...

This is certainly a deserving entry on any top 100 games list...especially when the list author seems to know nothing about it. That pretty much sums up the value of this list for me. Well, not really. It's formatted BEAUTIFLY, and reading about these games, irrespective of their random pick ordering, is always worthwhile. In the meantime, Was Sticht? will forever remain a game that is far more clever in theory than in actual execution. Anybody with a significantly better memory is likely to absolutely crush the opposition here. Oh wait, that's true of almost all really excellent trick-taking games. Okay, that can't be the major stumbling block then. How's this: The "goal identification" phase of the game just doesn't work with casual card players. Hmm, still not enough to condemn this game in any real way. Okay, how's THIS for a reason not to like this game: I love this game.

8:46 AM  

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