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Since Rook has been played for over 100 years, many local variations and rules have emerged. Here is a list of the official variations for four-player partnership play that I compiled several years ago, based on the official rules published by Parker Bros, and Rook in a Book: The Official Players Guide published by Winning Moves.

OFFICIAL RULE VARIANTS FOR FOUR-PLAYER PARTNERSHIP ROOK

Kentucky Discard (Tournament Rules)
Cards: 5-14, plus Rook (41 cards)
Dealing: nest of five, 9 cards/tricks
Point cards: Rook (20 points and highest trump), 14 (10 points), 10 (10 points), 5 (5 points)
Other points: last trick wins points in nest
Scoring: 120 point hand (minimum bid 70), 300 points wins

Variation: Kentucky Discard (Original Rules): no Rook, i.e. nest of four, 9 cards/tricks, 100 point hand (minimum bid 50), 200 points wins

Regular Partnership (Original Game)
Cards: 1-14, no Rook (56 cards)
Dealing: no nest, 14 cards/tricks
Point cards: 14 (10 points), 10 (10 points), 5 (5 points)
Other points: 20 points for winning majority of tricks
Scoring: 120 point hand (no minimum bid), 200 points wins

1-High Partnership
Cards: 1-14, plus Rook (57 cards)
Dealing: nest of one, 14 cards/tricks
Point cards: Rook (20 points and lowest trump), 1 (15 points and highest in suit), 14 (10 points), 10 (10 points), 5 (5 points)
Other points: 20 points for winning majority of tricks
Scoring: 200 point hand (minimum bid 75), 500 points wins

This last variant is popularly played with regular playing cards (sometimes known as the "Hoyle" or "Princeton Rules"), with two differences: 1. The 20 points goes to the winner of the last trick; 2. After the bidding round, each player passes three cards to the player beside him (alternatively left and right) as in Hearts. Details here: http://bgg.cc/thread/160917

VARIANTS BASED ON "KENTUCKY DISCARD (TOURNAMENT RULES)"

The Red 1
Cards: 5-14, plus Rook and the red 1 (42 cards)
Dealing: nest of six, 9 cards/tricks
Point cards: Red 1 (30 points and highest trump), Rook (20 points and second highest trump), 14 (10 points), 10 (10 points), 5 (5 points)
Other points: last trick wins points in nest
Scoring: 150 point hand, 500 points wins
Comparison with Kentucky Discard (Tournament Rules): adds a higher 30 point trump

Buckeye
Cards: 1,5-14, plus Rook (45 cards)
Dealing: nest of five, 10 cards/tricks
Point cards: Rook (20 points and highest trump), 1 (15 points and highest in suit), 14 (10 points), 10 (10 points), 5 (5 points)
Other points: last trick wins points in nest
Scoring: 180 point hand (minimum bid 100), 500 points wins
Comparison with Kentucky Discard (Tournament Rules): adds elements of the 1-High variant, i.e. addition of 1s as highest trump worth 15 points, and option of shooting the moon. It is called Kentucky Rook at pagat.com's page on Rook.

200 (Deux Cents)
Cards: 5-14, no Rook (40 cards)
Dealing: no nest, 10 cards/tricks
Point cards: 14 (10 points), 10 (10 points), 5 (5 points)
Scoring: 100 point hand (minimum bid 50), 200 points wins
Comparison with Kentucky Discard (Tournament Rules): eliminates the Rook and the nest. It is the same as Kentucky Discard (Original Rules) but without the nest. This variant is popularly played with regular playing cards in French Canada, and is regarded as a more skilful game than Kentucky Discard (Tournament Rules). Details here: http://bgg.cc/thread/160917

VARIANTS BASED ON "REGULAR PARTNERSHIP"

Dixie
Cards: 1-14, no Rook (56 cards)
Dealing: nest of four, 13 cards/tricks
Point cards: 13 (10 points), 10 (10 points), 5 (5 points)
Other points: 20 points for winning majority of tricks, last trick wins points in nest
Scoring: 120 point hand (minimum bid of 70), 200 points wins
Comparison: Like Regular Partnership, but with a nest and 13 is point card instead of 14

Display
Cards: 1-14, no Rook (56 cards)
Dealing: no nest, 14 cards/tricks, hand of declarer's partner is played face up as a dummy by declarer
Point cards: 14 (10 points), 10 (10 points), 5 (5 points)
Other points: 2 points for each trick captured
Scoring: 100 point hand (minimum bid 70), 200 points wins
Comparison: Like Regular Partnership, but with a face-up dummy hand like Bridge

Boston
Cards: 1-14, no Rook (56 cards)
Dealing: no nest, 14 cards/tricks, hand of declarer's partner is played face up as a dummy by declarer
Point cards: 14 (10 points), 10 (10 points), 5 (5 points)
Other points: 4-10 points for each trick captured dependent on trump color (yellow=4, green=6, black=8, red=10, no color=10)
Scoring: 156-240 point hand (minimum bid 70), 1000 points wins
Comparison: Like Display, but the color of trump affects point value, so it is even more like Bridge.

Nate's Kentucky Rook (ver. 3.0) is shareware software that enables playing partnership Rook with computer players. Many of the official variants listed above have been implemented and can be played using this excellent software, including: Kentucky Discard (Tournament Rules - with Rook), Kentucky Discard (Original Rules - without Rook), Regular Partnership, 1-High Partnership, Buckeye, and Dixie. Download it here:
http://webpages.charter.net/nebsoftware/

The default "Kentucky Rook" variant seems to be virtually identical to Buckeye, except that the top card of the nest is revealed, and there is no option to shoot the moon.

This image (a screenshot from a spreadsheet courtesy of the creator of the above mentioned software) clearly summarizes some of the differences between the officially recognized variations of Rook listed above:



This chart summarizes the official variants, although Nate's Kentucky Rook software includes other variations as well.

NB: I wonder if the chart values of Tour. Style (= Kentucky Discard Original Rules without Rook) need revision - I'd suggest a minimum opening bid of 50 and an end score of 200 to win.
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Thanks for posting the various games. Apparently my family plays none of these, but rather a variant combining part of the rules for the 1 high partnership with the rules for Kentucky discard.
 
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