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  1. venta
    venta December 9, 2010 at 11:11 am |

    My (entirely irrelevant) thought is that I’ve never heard that other game called Beat Your Neighbour Out of Doors before. Which, given that I already know three names for it Beggar My Neighbour, Strip Jack Naked, and Draw the Well Dry) is quite impressive. Any more?

    I happily played the Game With More Names Than Rules for ages when I was a kid… so I suspect an aggravated version of it might prove popular with slightly older children who are just starting to work out that it’s totally deterministic. Being able to choose a card, rather than playing the next one off the pile, is probably enough to make it a whole extra bit of interesting.

    (Do you top up your hand from your deck after each trick?)

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin December 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm |

      (Yes, you do, I should have said that! Now added.)

      Mm, that is quite a range of names. Wonder if they have a chronology / regionality that anyone’s studied.

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  2. fractalgeek
    fractalgeek December 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

    Your dreams are far too detailed! WHere are the surreal cards?

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin December 10, 2010 at 10:08 am |

      There was some sort of reality breakdown going on in the background, which we had to finish the game in a hurry for — will that do?

      Sadly, most of the dreams that I remember are pretty prosaic. Maybe I need to eat more cheese before bedtime.

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  3. bateleur
    bateleur December 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm |

    I had this down as Top Trumps as I was reading… but in fact I think Top Trumps is a good candidate for a bit of tweaking. The game is almost great. I played it for countless hours as a kid during car journeys to school (before we all discovered roleplaying).

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    1. undying-admin
      undying-admin December 10, 2010 at 10:13 am |

      Mm, I played TT a load at primary school in breaks iirc. We had an intermediate phase of playing ordinary card games (poker, whist etc) before getting on to roleplaying!

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