Explanation of terms: Stabbing or stinging: High numbers trump the same number of lower numbers, e.g. a 5 stabs 4, or 2x6 stabs 2x3 etc. (see also What stings what)
or Number card(s) open on the table will be taken on hand
(possible with Thief and Superbeaver).
How to play: Strategy: By skillfully stabbing, stealing and using
the Action cards, cards are collected and placed on
the own discard pile. Goal of the game: collect lots of cards and put them
on your discard pile, i.e.
at the end have as many cards as
possible on your discard pile (plus points), but fewer,
best none, cards in the hand (minus
1. The cards are shuffled and each player get 13 cards on hand. With 5 players each player get 10 cards on hand. 2. 9 cards are laid out face up, as card display, and sorted by card type. 3. In the center 5 more cards, as card stock, are laid out face up next to each other. 4. The remaining cards are placed in the center as a draw pile.
For example, with 4 players it looks like:
Rules of the game:
The youngest, the smartest or the prettiest player starts in the first round. Next continue clockwise.
The player, whose turn it is, discards
any number (at least one)
of cards - the more, the better - and put them on his own discard pile.
The following conditions must be
One or more
identical number cards, also combined with
one Action card
One or more identical
number cards combined with one or more Jokers
One or more Jokers without any other card
A sequence of number cards (2-6 number cards) combined
with the Hippie
A sequence of number cards
without Jokers and without the Hippie, if a laid out sequence with the Hippie
can be stabbed.
2. Stabbing: If stabbing with the discarded cards at the 9
open display cards is possible, you
must stab and you
must take the cards on
hand. If you can stab the top
cards from another players discard pile, you
must stab them as well. You
can take those cards on
hand, or if you do not like them, refuse. Rejected cards will be put away, they have no function any more and are not
counted at the end.
What stings what:
Always cards of the same number but of higher value prick. Action cards take on the value of the Number cards.
Digit sequence only possible with Hippie.
Who stabs where:
If it is possible to stab multiple times in the open display of 9, you have to decide on one stab. In the example above: two 7s or two 10s.
3. Execute Action cards: If
an action card was discarded during the turn, the Action is
now carried out (after stabbing). If you have placed an action card individually,
point 2 (stabbing) does not apply.
After each move - from the draw pile - e.g. first refill the 9 card display to 9 and then the 5 card stock to 5 cards.
5. Draw: If one or more
cards have been stabbed or stolen from a player, he must
draw the same number of cards: from the draw pile and/or
from the 5 card stock. The 5 card stock allows you to
draw matching cards if any. Cards drawn must be put on
hand. Wished Handcards from the Fairy
are not pulled back. Drawn is clockwise starting from the active player. The 5 card stock
is refilled after each draw, but not while a player
Then it is the next players turn and he
makes his move (also in the sequence 1-5) based on his possibilities.
End of game:
1. When a player has played his last hand card. 2.
When the draw pile and the 5 stock are used up. In these cases the game ends immediately and no further actions are taken: no stabbing and also no action cards. The cards are counted: each card on the own discard pile counts as 1 plus point; Cards in the hand count as 1 minus point each. The player with the most points wins the game round. If several players have the same number of points, they win together.
The Action Cards:
An Action card can be played together with one or more
number cards and takes their numerical value. Only one Action card can be played each
turn. This card cannot be combined with a joker. An Action card can be played
individually and can be stabbed by an individually played joker. Individually played action cards
do not stab (just action is played).
The Superbeaver must steal 2 cards:
from the display of 9, the 5 stock, from the the top cards of
the discard pile of another player.
The cards can come from different locations and are taken on hand.
The Thief must steal
one card: from the 9 display, the 5 stock, the top cards of the dicard pile from another player. The card must be taken in hand.
The Fairy can wish for any card from the face down hand of another player and take the card on the hand. If the other player doesn't have this card, the wish expires.
The Partybeaver can be played with three
additional cards. These cards must not go together, so no same digits and also no consecutive digits. These 4 cards cannot be stabbed. If you don't have any such cards, he must be played individually.
With the Hippie, a sequence of numbers can be formed from 3 to 7 cards. The Hippie replaces any number in the digit sequence. The sequence of digits can be stabbed with any other sequence with the same number of cards (no Jokers allowed).
With the Bad Guy, you pull 2 cards for one other player: from the 5 stock and/or from the draw pile. The pulled cards must be taken from this person in hand.
Cards, that are played together with the
Bodyguard, cannot be stabbed. Stealing,
even the Bodyguard itself, is possible.
If the King is played with other cards, all other players that do have the same number card on hand, must add one of these cards. He has no function when played individually.
The Joker can be used as any number
card, also multiple times, i.e. 2x5 + Joker = 3x5. If played without Number cards, he has the highest value in the game. He cannot be combined with Action cards.
Tips, Strategies, Tricks:
For a good overview on the gaming table, we recommend placing the top cards
in a fan shape on your own pile.
4. Move ...
* If you want cards from the 5 stock, it can be tactically smart to make the stabbing attractive to your opponent, e.g. with low Number cards, so you get the desired card by draw.
* You should only play the Fairy when the desired card is known, e.g. if one of the other players have stabbed or stolen this card.
* Stinging at fellow players usually makes sense, because the opponent loses points from his
discard pile. It is only advisable to take the stabbed cards on hand if you can
actually use them.
* The Partybeaver is a powerful card, because often hand cards appear in the
game that do not go together. Therefore it is sometimes wise to keep the Party
beaver until the end of the game so that you can put down 3 such cards together.
* With the Trick-Steal tactic, it is possible to steal cards from below the top cards
of another player. First, the top cards of the opposing discard pile are stabbed
with a combination of number card(s) plus thief or superbiber and then the topmost
cards that are now exposed are stolen.
Game variant „collecting points“:
In this variant, a score of points are agreed, e.g. 250 points. A player writes down the points of the winners per game round and adds them up. The first player that reaches the agreed number of points wins.
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