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the most fun-est best-est card game ever. plays like double solitaire or spit, but on a whole different level of chaos and speed. origins of this game afaik originate somewhere at the university of chicago, mid 90's.
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Step 1: Initial setup

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every player has their own deck of cards, somewhere from 4-7 players is a good number. 3 is too slow, 8 your better off with two games of 4. each deck must be different in some way to separate them later. players site in a circle, square, or polygon of some sort on a rug. it is important to play on some sort of rug or other surface which prevents the cards from sliding around. each player deals out 13 cards for their draw pile, and then 4 cards face up. As soon as all players have 4 cards up, play immediately begins.

Step 2: Go!!!!

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The end goal is score points, and to do this, you need to do get your cards into the center, and deplete your flip deck. In the center, play starts from aces, and follows same suit sequentially. When you clear out one of your four spaces, fill it in with a card from your filp pile. If you notice here, two players are now in a race to play the 3 of spades. It is important to note, that when placing cards in the center, you must only use one hand to let all players have a chance when there is a run. So unless the player who played the 2 is very fast, they may miss out on placing the 3. Also, don't throw your cards. It makes things messy and uncertain.

Step 3: Building

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you can also free up spaces by building, alternating suits, sequentially down (like solitaire). Building can work for you, but also against you, as you no longer have access to the cards that have been built under.
jdougherty24 years ago
I learned this growing up, only we called it "Nertz" and didn't use the vortex. :) Also, all cards were worth 1 point (if in the center) or -1 point if in our draw.
chopstx5 years ago
Oh, this is like what we call minnesota speed. Minnesota because our teacher from minnesota taught us it.
squealasaur (author)  chopstx5 years ago
interesting! is it the same game or just similar?