Back and Forth

  • Players: 1-4
  • Deck Features Used: Center Number
  • Cards Used: #s 1-109

Setup

Remove the cards numbered 1, 2, 108, and 109 from the deck and then shuffle the deck. Draw one card from the top of the deck for the start of the middle pile and set the cards as follows:

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Deal seven cards to each player. If this is a solitaire game, draw an eighth card. These cards are to be kept secret between players. Randomly choose a starting player.

Turn

On each player’s turn, they must make at least two legal plays or the game immediately ends. A legal play is one of the following:

  • Placing a card on an Ascending pile of value higher than the top card visible on that pile.
  • Placing a card on a Descending pile of value lower than the top card visible on that pile.
  • Placing a card on an Ascending pile of value exactly 10 less than the top card visible on that pile.
  • Placing a card on a Descending pile of value exactly 10 more than the top card visible on that pile.
  • Placing a card on the Middle pile whose value reverses the digits of any visible card. (E.g., you may play 85 to the middle pile if 58 is showing on top of one of the five piles.) Note that only cards 10-100 can have their digits reversed and still result in a valid card.

After making at least two legal plays, that player redraws up to the original hand size if possible and play passes to the next player clockwise.

If there are no cards left to draw, then each player is only required to make one legal play per turn.

Restrictions

Players may discuss tactics freely, but may never share what cards they have in their hands. They may not communicate any information that would allow another player to deduce exactly what they have (e.g., I know I’m not allowed to say I have 23, so I will say that I have something in-between 22 and 24.)

Game End

When a player cannot make the requisite number of legal plays, the game is over. The players’ score is the number of cards left in the draw deck and all player’s hands. A perfect score would be 0.

Notes

This game is based on The Game: Spiel so lange du kannst! by Steffan Benndorf and published in the United States by IDW Games. No copyright is intended.

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