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Top 5 Traditional Card Games of All Time.

Playing Cards

Playing Cards

Nobody can really say when card games started to become a favorite past time of Americans. Nonetheless, the fact remains that even during the Wild, Wild West era; the play of traditional card games has served our forefathers very well. Probably for several generations down the line, card games have become so popular that it has now become part of the American psyche.  Surely, the majority knows a card game or two.

Presented in this article are the top 5 traditional card games that are popularly played by hand and now online – to therefore enjoy a huge following with enthusiasts and in terms of online searches as well.

1. Spades. This card game is likely the most popular among traditional card games. Being simple and easy to understand, even beginners can enjoy the game. While this is one of the easiest to play, the card game is rather difficult to master in an attempt to play well. The game brings a lot of excitement, frustration, even for the defeated player.

A game of spades requires 4 players and 2 partner teams. In the course of the game, players develop a level of understanding and trust that fosters cooperation and commitment over time towards the objective of winning the game.

2. Hearts. The game of ‘hearts’ is mostly played by 4 players. Unlike Spades, no formal partnership is designated; though sometimes, helping each other out during the game in order to promote one’s interest is typical. The main thrust of the card game is to score the least number of points, as much as possible. Therefore in the course of passing cards, each player must prevent his opponent from scoring points. The game ends when one player goes over 100 points, while the player with the lowest number wins the game.

The card game uses a standard deck of 52 cards and conforms to the standard card ranking system. Regardless of suit, the Ace card and “value 2” card are assigned the highest and lowest ranks respectively. The heart is worth one penalty point while the queen of spades, 13 penalty points.

3. Solitaire. Solitaire is a game of patience, as it pits the player against himself in strategy, presence of mind, wits and perseverance just to complete a game. Variations for Solitaire card games are far reaching and some even place the number at 1,500. Said variation count represents so many rules and it is of course unimaginable for a player to be familiar with it all.  In most cases, solitaire enthusiasts settle to master a few game rules and enjoy the challenge it provides.

4. Bridge. The card game Bridge, also known as Contract Bridge or Rubber Bridge, was first played in the 1920’s. Following several decades, it became so popular in the United States to now occupy a level of high prestige among all the other traditional card games. In fact, Bridge is played more often and is also organized comprehensively when compared to other card games. The Bridge game competitions, tournaments and championships organized from around the world best manifests its status.

The card game is played by 2 teams where each team is composed of partners seated across each other. An auction that decides the declarer commences the game, and the game continues with players trying to outbid each other in the attempt to win the specified bid composed of a number of tricks and a trump suit (or none at all). The first team to score 100 or more points wins the game.

5. Canasta. A very popular card game that had its origins in Uruguay, Canasta hit US shores in 1949.  The term Canasta is Spanish for basket, presumably in reference to the card tray (basket) that holds the stock and discarded piles of cards.

Playing Canasta is not confined to 4 players. Five to 6 players can actually play the game.  Two standard deck of 52 cards are used to play the game for a total of 108 cards (inclusive of the 4 Jokers) that are shuffled together to form 1 single large deck.  The idea is to score as many points as possible by melding – or grouping 3 or more cards with single ranks, 2 natural and not more than 3 wild cards.

Card games are very enjoyable as the various forms of card games trains the mind to respond accordingly and the body to contain emotions while feeding the intelligence acceptance over the outcome of the game. Buy a deck of cards, or better yet play online today!

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28mm American Revolution Painting project.

Well I finally made some time to sit down and work on my 28mm American Revolution painting project.  As some of you already know, Im working on 28mm figures by Perry Brothers for the British Grenadiers rule set.  My buddy Ron and I are painting the two armies who battled at Freeman’s Farm (part of the Saratoga campaign).  I’m pretty new to studying the history of The American Revolution, but I found  a good book on Amazon by Osprey on Saratoga and started reading it.

Ron had taught me earlier this year a couple of simple techniques that allow me to paint rather easily.  I got some great results on some 28mm War of the Ring figures by Games Workshop that I was working on.  Ill cover that game system later on, it’s so easy for me to get distracted by all the great games, so anyway….  I got some painting done last night finally on the American Revolution British I’m working on.  I’m hoping to wrap up the first batch of 12 figures, which will represent the 20th foot for the British army (Ron is painting the Americans).  Now one disclaimer for the previous statement above about “great results”.  I am not the greatest painter, so I should say for ME, they were some great results, the figs looked nice and Ill be proud to put them on the game table.

The picture below shows a finished figure on the left and one on the right, that is ready to get a little more white added to the straps, then it will be ready for the wash technique that Ron taught me, as can be seen on the figure on the left.  I use Games Workshop washes, and so far it seems to work pretty well.

28mm Perry Figures painting the 20th Foot

Here Below is a view of the back with the canteen and other pouches carried by the soldier.  As you can see, if you look just at the red coat the one on the right is how I used o paint, just a simple base coat, I never liked how the figs looked.  A simple black wash or dark brown fills in the shadows and gives the figure a much better look (see the white pants up above as a great comparison, or the face of the two soldiers).

28mm AWI Perry figs 20th foot back

You’ll have to excuse the camera work a bit, I’m not a professional, just a guy who loves games.  I hope as the blog grows that I will get better. Actually right now I have just been using my phone, I can about imagine the cringing by some of you that take great pictures for your blogs. :)

The batch of figures I am currently working on includes the officers, and I even went out on a limb and did some mixing of paints for the first time, to paint the sash a purple color that they have on their waste.  Ill add those later when they are done.

Currently right now I hope to finish the unit as far as painting goes during this week.  Finally when my Litko bases get in I can base the figs and put static grass on them and put the finished pictures up on the blog.  After that Ill move on to some skirmish troops, which will have a stand of Queens Rangers, so those will look great in their green jackets, and 2 stands of woodland Indians with rifles, each stand will have 3 figures, for a total of 9 skirmish figs.

So I guess now Ill go turn on the football games, and get out my painting stuff and see if I can get to the point of doing the wash, that is always an exciting part of the painting.  Let me know what you are working on, and Ill talk to you again shortly.  :)

Here are some of the books and DVD’s I have enjoyed watching on the American Revolution.