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Romain Jacques
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Nain Jaune is played with a deck of 52 regular cards, a board and many chips.

Each players received the same amount of chips at the beginning of the game (around 50 for short games and more for longer games).

Five cards are draw on the board, they are the bonus card: the ten of diamonds, the jack of club, the queen of heart, the king of spade and the most valuable seven of diamonds (the yellow dwarf).

At the beginning of each round, each players must put 15 chips on the board: one chip on the 10 of diamond, two chips on the jack of club, three chips on the queen of heart, four chips on the king of spade and five chips on the seven of diamond. The game stop if one player is unable to pay is due. Then the player with the most chips wins.

The cards are shuffled and distributed one by one to all players.
Few cards that are not dealt to the players.
With three players: seven cards are put randomly aside, and 45 are dealt (15 to each players)
With four players: four cards are put aside and 12 are dealt by player.
With five players: six are put aside and 9 are dealt by player.
With six players: four are put aside and each player receive six.

The player to the left of the dealer plays the card he wants to and can play as much cards as he wants above it , as long as they follow in sequence (ace being the lowest and king the highest). If a player cannot play, he passes and the player at his left can play if he has the card that continues the sequence. If all players pass their turn, the first player who passed can play the card he wishes and plays more cards if they are in sequence.

When a player plays a bonus card, he can take the corresponding chips on the board, but he must do it when he is playing the card, if he forgets, too bad for him. Chips can cumulate on the board when a bonus card was not played or a player forget to take his chips, this does not prevent players to put new chips on the board at the next round.

The round is over when a player gets rid of all his cards.

At this point, if a player is caught with a bonus card in his hand, he will have to double the pot for this card before putting his normal 15 chips on the board. So, if in a four players game, there are 20 chips on the 7 of diamonds, the player with this card at the end of the round will have to put 20 chips. So, at the beginning of the next round, 60 chips will be on the board on this card, 20 from the previous round, 20 from the player caugth with the card and 20 from all players for the new round.

Nain Jaune is a family game, where talks around the table are as important as the game.
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Adding a few details:

With 7 players, 7 cards are set aside
With 8 players, 4 cards are set aside.

Whenever a player discards a king, they can start a new sequence from whichever card they pick.

When a player gets rids of all cards in their hand, they also receive chips from the other: face value (2 for a 2, 3 for a 3 etc), the jack/queen/king are worth 10 chips each.

If a player discards all their cards on the first turn, that is called an "opera". They receive all chips on the board, plus chips from the other players (as defined above) for what cards the other players still have in their hands.
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Finaly! After six years, somebody has read my review. Mega thanks Voltaire!
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I read them and the threads and have accumulated jetons from France with which to play--I'm off to a living history event where I will endeavor to teach others how to play!!!
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