Gameday First Play – Sticheln
Trick taking for colours…
…with a weird system.
In the trick-taking card game Sticheln, players seek to gather points by taking certain suits, while avoiding the negative points in other suits. At the beginning of each hand, each player selects one card from his hand, which becomes his “pain” suit. The face value of all the cards from that suit he takes will be negative points. Positive points are won by taking any other card not in your “pain” suit; each of these cards, however, is worth only a single point. Players need not follow suit if they don’t wish to, but every card not in the suit led (except for the precious zeros) is considered a trump card, with the highest, earliest-played trump card taking the trick.
I picked the Pain suit of Red with a Red 1 so I started the game on -1 point. The goal really was to win as many other cards as possible without winning red cards.
The way tricks work is… odd…
It’s basically highest card wins the trick, on a tie the earliest card wins except any card not in the lead suit… Got it?
No me neither.
It’s a nice card game I’d like to play again now I know what I’m doing 🙂