Hedges
Russell Degnan

Hedges is a short, simple game for two players requiring a healthy dose of luck and some small skill.

Setup

Number of Players

Two, one player plays low cards, the other high.

Cards

A Whole deck is used. Aces are considered both high - above a King - and low - below a two.

The Deal

Two cards are dealt to each player. The remaining cards are placed face down in a pile.

The Table

There are four empty piles between the two players. Each player may play cards in either their left-most pile, or their third pile - second from the right.

From the player playing the low cards point of view. To play a card onto oen of their piles, it must be lower than, or equal to, the top-most card in the pile to its right; and greater than, or equal to, the top-most card in the pile to its left (if any). An empty pile has no bearing on the playing of a card.

Similarly, from the player playing the high cards point of view. To play a card onto one of their piles, it must be greater than, or equal to, the top-most card in the pile to its right; and less than, or equal to, the top-most card in the pile to its left (if any).

The Hand

Each player takes turns at playing a card from their hand. They may play in either of their piles provided that they have a card in their hand that can be played. The aim is to hedge your opponent in such a way that they cannot play a card themselves.

After a player has had their turn they draw another card from the remainder pile, regardless of whether they could successfully play a card or no. Hence, a player will generally, over the course of the game, accumulate more cards.

The Game

After the remainder pile has been exhausted, the player take turns playing until they have no more cards. The first player to get rid of all their cards wins.

Frivolous Pastimes 22nd July, 2004 23:13:05   [#] 

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