Inventing card games is one of my favourite recreations. It's a relaxing hobby: it means I can think up the basic ideas without having to get out of bed - or even, if I'm very lucky, without having to wake up - which is more than you can say for actually playing cards. My idea of a good game is one that uses an ordinary 52-card pack and has very simple rules, but gives you plenty to think about. If you find that idea appealing, have a look through the following. I've arranged them in order of number of players, that being the natural primary selection factor, then by type of game. So start by choosing your number and then click, as appropriate, on
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.webtender.com/barstore/open.php/t=dflt728x90"><img src="http://ads.webtender.com/banners/barstore-728x90-1.gif" width=728 height=90 alt="Stock your bar from The Webtender Bar Store" border=0></a> Have fun with The Webtender's collection of drinking games, but be extremely careful if you play any these games, especially the ones with high buzz factors. The collection was created as an aid to responsible adults who know their limits (and not to cross them) when it comes to drinking, and not to promote this kind of drinking behavior. You should of course be of legal drinking age if you want to play these games with beer or drinks, but anyone can play these games with non-alcoholic beverages as well.
Traditional multi-player card games for which rules are available from this site are listed below in alphabetical order, together with the number of players and the design and number of cards or tiles needed for each - see further explanation at the end of the page. If you are searching for games for a particular number of players you may prefer to use the Index of Games by Number of Players . Please note: There are separate pages for: Commercial games (games requiring a special pack of cards produced by a single manufacturer) Solitaire / Patience games (games for one player) Invented games (newly created games and variations contributed by readers) These types of game are generally not listed in the index below.