Jack Jack Knave
The goal of this website is to make it easier for people to learn and play traditional card games from around the world. The work that John McLeod has done on Pagat is of incomparable breadth and depth, and the majority of the games presented here draw on his work. However, the level of detail and plethora of variations presented on Pagat can be a barrier for people who are trying to learn a fun, new game for the first time.
Rather than overwhelm people with details about how games are traditionally played and enumerating all possible variants, I decided to clearly and succinctly describe one good way to play. Hopefully, this will make it easier for people to pickup something new, and then circle back to Pagat to find out more.
To be clear, I love the tradition of card games and the endless variants that exist. Furthermore, I encourage you all to not take the rules here or on Pagat or wherever as having been written in stone. Make your own variants. Games are cultural artifacts that morph along with the people who play them. Definitive rules do not exist. There are only descriptions of how a group of people played a game at a point in time.
My name is Peter Winckles. I live in Madison, WI. I enjoy playing card games and learning about traditional games from around the world.
If you discover an error on the website, have a game or variation you’d like to tell me about, or live near Madison, WI, and want to play some cards, please email me at email@example.com.
The excellent rules found on Pagat are the basis for the majority of the games on this site.
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