Favorite Games with Standard Playing Cards
So here's the list of my favourite traditional games with standard playing cards, arranged alphabetically, and grouped roughly according to their primary suitability for adults or children. At the end of the list I've included a section with books that I own about games with playing cards, and links to some other resources on BGG. For each game I've also listed the suitability according to the number of players. It is worth noting that several games are excellent for just two players.
Although some more recently invented games are included, for the most part the emphasis of this list is on traditional card games that have stood the test of time in some way, so I'm not concerned with using a standard deck to play modern games (for that, see this list). Obviously there are many other games that can be played with a standard deck of cards besides the ones included here. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but just represents the ones are most well-known, and for the most part games that I have personally tried and enjoyed, or ones that I'm interested in learning.
What do you think of the listed games? Please feel free to comment on the individual entries, and share any experiences you may have had with these particular games. Give some thumbs up to your favourites, and let us know which ones you like the best and why, as well as any other thoughts you may have. Notable omissions or suggestions for others I should try can be made in the general comments underneath the list.
There are some terrific resources online about traditional card games like these, and here are a few helpful links to get you started:
● Card Games Rules: Pagat.com
● BGG Family: Traditional Card Games
● BGG Database: Traditional Card Games
● BGG Guild: Playing Card Games Enthusiasts
● BGG Wiki: Standard Deck Playing Card Games
Other lists of Ender's favorite games: (arranged by BGG weight)
1. Two-Player Games
2. Heavier & Gamers Games
3. Medium & Gateway Games
4. Light & Filler Games
5. Social & Party/Group Games
- [+] Dice rolls