Briscola Chiamata – Card Games That Don’t Suck

Briscola Chiamata – Card Games That Don’t Suck

QUINNS: Hello everybody and welcome to another episode of ‘Card Games That Don’t Suck’
in which I am joined by Matthew Lees
which is why I have to wear the shirt.
MATT: Yeah. Legally obligated
He’s got some wonderful decks of cards
and they’re very very attractive
and he gets a different deck of cards out for each of these videos
If you haven’t seen them, we’ve got a whole bunch on YouTube
but obviously now as well
I’ve added to the aesthetic joy of this series
by giving him this official ‘Card Games that Do Not Suck’ shirt
available at TK Maxx.
QUINNS: You squeezed my shoulder there
in a way that was slightly uncomfortable.
MATT: Oh, I’m sorry.
QUINNS: No, I mean it’s it’s fine. It’s just, you know, just letting you know
in case you wanted to do that to someone else… ever
Let’s move on!
Today I’m going to be teaching you a five player only game.
Now that might sound annoying, but
as the rules on informed me
you can play with six
but one person just has to sit out each round
That’s not a six player game, pagat!
MATT: Just one person doesn’t get to play?
QUINNS: Yeah! So, okay
Briscola Chiamata might sound like a bit of a boring name.
But what if I told you some alternate names for this were:
Briscola Pazza, which translates as ‘Crazy Briscola’
Briscola Assassina! Assassin Briscola.
Or Briscola Bastada
which I was not able to find a translation for
MATT: There’s also Briscola Panic: Back in the Habit
QUINNS: So. Here’s what we gonna be doing.
This is a game. It’s a variant on briscola
That is played with an Italian forty card deck.
No one expects you to buy one of those
I certainly don’t
but to replicate that at home then all you’re going to do
is take out the sevens eights and nines of each suit
and the two jokers
MATT: And then you end up with… a 40 card deck?
QUINNS: 40 cards. A slim 40 card deck.
MATT: Of course the reason for this is because in Italy
the numbers eight, nine and seven don’t exist.
QUINNS: That’s true.
So, with this deck
We’re going to be dealing the whole thing out to five players
MATT: And you were telling me there’s a variant of this game that actually involves
a hidden traitor?
QUINNS: Oh yes! I should have said.
So. The reason this game is cool
Is this the only card game I’ve been able to find
that has hidden secret roles
I’ve completely forgotten which pile this is going to…
Let’s do a star wipe and I’ll fix my mistake!
So once you’ve dealt out eight cards to everybody which will be the whole deck
Everyone can pick up their cards and you are going to play a trick taking game.
Now, I know what you’re thinking!
“Quinns, you just did a trick-taking game in Episode three!”
Were you thinking that?
Well Matthew, there’s going to be even more trick taking
Lots of card games that don’t suck are just trick-taking games.
so this isn’t the first and it’s not going to be the last
MATT: and it’s not going to be my everything
This is a trick-taking game that actually starts with an auction
So going from the dealer counterclockwise
which, by the way, again according to
all play in this, rather than going clockwise,
which is, you know, how all games work,
everything goes counterclockwise.
Why? Absolutely no reason!
you can ignore this rule if you want.
Card games are really annoying.
MATT: Again, it’s because, in Italy
clocks don’t exist.
QUINNS: So, Matt would start the bidding and Matt’s gonna say a suit
so Matt might say the suit – sorry, rank – Matt might say the rank of ACE
Okay, now I’m gonna go through the order of things
because aces are highest and then the number 10 and then
king queen jack six five four three two
MATT: Is this game a fever dream?
QUINNS: So many card games basically are.
But no, so it’s simple. It’s aces high then all the things are in normal order
except for ten which is between the ace and the king.
So Matt, you might say ‘ace’
and then this player – player number two -might pass
at which point they’re out of the auction
Player number three might say ‘ten’.
So basically a high bid in this is actually low
So you said ‘ace’ which is the highest card. That gives you a pretty low bid
this player says ‘ten’.
This player says ‘queen’
I pass.
You might say, like, ‘five’, which is pretty low
Yeah, five. Okay.
These two players drop out
which means you have the winning bid of five, okay?
Now what might happen in your game once players know Briscola Chiamata
bidding actually gets down to the lowest possible rank
all the way down to the two.
So if someone bids two
it is actually possible to bid something even more extravagant
instead you bid two and then you say a number between 60 and 120
because, as we’ll get to later,
that’s how many points your team needs to win.
So once someone bids two, the next bid can be
two and then… 62 points or 63 points
so you’re starting with that bid of two
but then you’re increasing the number of points that your team needs to win.
In winning the auction you get to say what is the trump suit.
I’ll explain what trump suits are in a bit.
So basically you’ll look at your hand. You might see… let me peek…
MATT: I’ll go for a spade please Bob.
QUINNS: Yep, you’ve got a lot of spades.
So Matt will declare spades as the trump suit
He doesn’t put a card down. We all just have to remember spades are trumps.
But – now this is the cool bit
So this is now… Matt, in winning the auction
all the other players are against Matt
except for the person… because remember his winning bid was 5
the person who holds the 5 of spades
is secretly on Matt’s team as well
and that player must say nothing.
So actually, just as it happens
He didn’t know this.
I’ve got the 5 of spades! Look!
So, if we were playing a full five-player game,
Matt would say spades at which point I see I’ve got the five of spades
and I go ‘ooh okay’
because I’m secretly on Matt’s team.
MATT: So then we’re secret buddies?
QUINNS: Yes, but here’s the crazy bit
You don’t know which other player is on your team
which is already a really fun social dynamic
MATT: Aaah!!
QUINNS: Once Matt has declared the bid or you know, whoever wins the auction,
you might not have a Matt in your game, that’s fine
So actually it’s the player to the dealer’s right who leads the first trick
who’s the same person who starts the auction
However, in our case Matt won the auction and is the person to the dealer’s right.
So you would just start the trick anyway
MATT: Yeah, okay, perfect.
QUINNS: So now if you’ve not played a trick-taking game before
this is a very simple version of that
What happens is Matt will play any card from his hand into the middle of the table
Right. Two of spades.
MATT: It’s a trump! It’s probably not a good move on my part, but I’m feeling feisty.
QUINNS: Okay. So now all the other players must play one card into the trick as well.
Now this is a useful example because Matt played a trump
basically in order to beat Matthew
and to claim… well to beat everybody really… and to claim this pile of cards
you have to play a spade, in this case, that is higher than Matt’s.
But unlike a lot of trick taking games
you can play absolutely anything
In some trick-taking games, if you’ve played one before, you might have to play the same suit as Matt if you can
in other trick-taking games you might have to play a card that beats Matthew if you can
In Briscola Chiamata you can play whatever
So this player can play a ten of diamonds
Which means they will not be able to beat Matthew
because Matthew played a spade
and spade is the trump suit
So basically the way this works is everyone then plays a card of their choice into the pile
You will end up with five cards and then the person who wins
First off is, if anyone played the trump suit – which in this case, we’ve got a two of spades and a five of spades
whoever played the higher trump suit would take the trick
If nobody played a trump suit then the person who wins is the person who played the highest card of
the suit that the person leading the trick started with
So let’s say Matt started the trick with a ten of diamonds
and then the trump suit was hearts
and this is what we ended up with.
There’s no heart. So there’s no trump
MATT: So this means diamond boy takes it home!
QUINNS: Which means diamond boy takes it home
because Matt played the highest card that was diamond.
MATT: And what was everyone else playing at? No one knows.
That’s trick-taking, baby! Choo-choo!
QUINNS: So, Matt will then take all of these cards
and then you would do this eight times
the person who wins the trick then leads the next trick
MATT: My little trick will just live here, right?
QUINNS: It does. However…
However, what you’re trying to do here is collect points.
So again, this is where some cool text comes up on the screen
In Briscola Chiamata… so these cards you’re collecting, right
In lots of trick taking games what matters is the numbers of tricks you win
In Briscola Chiamata it’s the cards that you have won.
So look! You’ve got a three, a two, and a five. They’re worthless.
Okay, the only cards that are worth anything in this game
Aces are worth 11 points. That’s the most.
Tens are worth 10 points
Kings are 4. Queens are 3. Jacks are 2.
Everything else is completely worthless.
So you’ve got a ten there which is worth 10 points.
A queen there which is worth 3 points
for a total of 13 points for this trick.
MATT: I’ll take it.
QUINNS: It’s pretty good!
Now in the whole deck there are 120 points
which means the winning team
– because remember it’s Matt and a secret player versus three other players –
is whoever gets more than 60 points
Okay? Because the deck contains 120 points.
But what ends up actually happening is
this really interesting dynamic where
let’s say, you know, we know we’re all fighting Matt
but then I end up winning a trick and I get all these cards
Then everyone else around the table is like “YEAH!”
MATT: And then…
QUINNS: …and then they’re like, “but what if Quinns is working with Matt?”
So this is a really important rule in Briscola Chiamata
Teams cannot… First off, you cannot share information about what cards you have
You can’t conspire with your team and be like “just play a low card because I’m gonna play a really high trump”
That is completely illegal.
You also… It’s not a deduction game
It’s a game where you can deduce but you kind of want to keep it to yourself
We found this really quite natural when we started playing
It was a lot of kind of joking. A lot of “Ooh, that’s suspicious” a lot of questioning
But it’s not a game where you have to truly calculate
It’s more just try and play it in a light-hearted fashion, which we found very easy to do
Also, here’s the thing:
Matt, in our example called 5
His bid was 5 and the trump suit was spades
which means I, as the holder of the 5 of spades, am his secret teammate.
there will always be a point in Briscola Chiamata
where a player on the table plays the card that marks them as the particular ally.
MATT: Aaah!
QUINNS: And it is a trump as well so it’s a question of when are you gonna play that card
and reveal yourself!
See! Isn’t that quite interesting?
MATT: It’s very interesting. Honestly, it’s very interesting.
QUINNS: I find it super super school – er, super cool.
QUINNS: Ahhhh…. I’ve just aged 10 years
So once you finish a round of Briscola Chiamata
and you’ve played eight tricks and you’ve divided up the points to see who won
That can just be a game and you can pack it all up and play again
or you can work out scoring
I’m not gonna teach scoring in this video because,
like most games that can be used for gambling, scoring is…
I’m not going to say over-complicated but as complicated as it needs to be
Because it’s got stuff like “oh well if the two players win all the tricks then they score double points”
and all this fun stuff. There is going to be a link in the description of this video
Where you will be able to read the scoring rules yourself.
Also, I’m gonna point out something really cool here
That’s only gonna be relevant in games where you are
keeping track of score, but here’s the thing
Imagine, Matthew, that you won that bid with a 5 and you said spades
but look! You chose to do that
but you’re the one holding the 5 of spades!
If you do that, of course, your secret ally is yourself
and what that means is all the other players will be discussing
“well who’s… who’s, you know, working secretly”
MATT: Do you get double points?
MATT: *Gasp!* I knew it!
QUINNS: So it’s a two versus three game
But the person who wins the auction can engineer it to be
a one versus four game but only they know it
At which point, if they do win, then a) they get loads of points
and b) they feel so cool
So that’s Briscola Chiamata.
I did all the translations earlier. I didn’t say what Chiamata translates as
It’s like ‘bidding briscola’
That’s not a very interesting way to end this video.
MATT: What does briscola mean?
QUINNS: Oh, briscola translates, according to my research, as…
so… I think it’s just a name
But isn’t this game exciting?
MATT: It’s quite exciting!
QUINNS: It’s quite… I mean you haven’t played this with us, but, my goodness,
we had a really great time
MATT: I can tell it’s exciting because you became serious during the video and started calling me Matthew
which is something no-one other than my mother does.
QUINNS: You know it’s because I’m wearing this shirt.
MATT: It’s because you’ve got the serious business shirt.
QUINNS: It’s because I’m just feeling very formal.
MATT: Very formal. Yes, of course.
You look like you’re off on your way to the James Bond ball
QUINNS: If you’ll excuse me, I’m now going to put a hundred pounds on red.
Thank you very much everybody
This has been another Card Game that Doesn’t Suck.
I’ll be back in another couple of weeks after I’ve lost all of my money at the casino

100 thoughts on “Briscola Chiamata – Card Games That Don’t Suck”

  1. Italian here. You sure you using the 10 card? Italian card decks have cards ranging from 1 (Ace) to seven, then soldier, knignt and King. The more valuable card is usually the Ace followed by the 3s. Then descending King, knight, soldier, 7 to 2 (skipping 3)

  2. This reminds me a lot of Doppelkopf, a German trick-taking game. It's played with four players, and every card is present twice. The players who hold the Queen of Clubs play together, but again, they aren't allowed to talk about which team they're on.
    But just like with this game, there are ways to communicate your allegiance, be it through just playing the card that makes you part of that team, or some really obvious moves, like throwing in a very valuable card when your teammate has the trick.
    It's very fascinating, and one of my favourites!

  3. so many board games.. why are we talking about card game that needs exactly 5 people… but i'll watch pretty much anything SU&SD does, so there's that….

  4. In Portugal, you see some people playing this (you can choose any card to be your ally and you have to follow the suit tho'), but the most played card game historically in the country is a variant with only 4 players ("sueca", swedish); the trump is randomdly select, 7 instead of 10's, you have to follow the suit, no communication allowed (only small gestures when playing cards), teams of 2 (seated in opposite sides). Each team to win a set has to gather 4 points (a game with more than 60 points it's one point, more than 90 it's 2 and if you manage to humiliate the other team by getting the 120 points you win the set immediately). More experienced players, during a game, count both teams points and usually know where are the remaining important cards left. What makes this a fantastic game is the scoring system, with the Ace's and 7's combining 70% of the total points – you don't want to lose a 7 to an Ace or any of them to a small trump – and, only in this variant – the rule that you have to follow the suit if you can (is such a important part of the strategy of the game; otherwise, you have a massive advantage to be the last one to play in a trick).

  5. Another name for this game (which I think sounds way cooler) is "Amico del Giaguaro" which translates to "Jaguar's Friend".
    The guy winning the initial bid is the Jaguar for that round and its secret parter is the friend.

  6. Could you please not use the word "Trump". Can you come up with another term. Personally Id like to use a synonym for "Trump" in many card games.

  7. I'm enjoying this series but this game in particular seems too complicated for a card game. It's got a lot of little rules that aren't easily accessible and the smaller deck and deck order doesn't feel intuitive.

  8. Hey! Nice video! Something I don't get is, when you played your 5 of spades, then everyone will know that you are his secret partner no ? 😛

  9. This game is very similar to the Portuguese card games "Sueca" or "Bisca". Although these take away the secret partner part of this game, they are played with only 4 players with variations available for 3 or 2 players.

  10. Quinns, I love you, but as someone of Italian decent, your pronunciation of Briscola was killing me. The accent should be on the first syllable, not the second. i.e. it's pronounced BRIS-co-la and not bris-CO-la

  11. "In Italy the numbers eight, nine and seven don't exist."

    …Because "7 8 9". C'mon! How could you miss such a golden opportunity for such a stupid joke! I am disappointed in you guys. I watch these videos for the stupid jokes. 😛

    On a more serious note, trick taking and an auction? This is really not a game for me, alas.

  12. One of the best things that come out in just a few rounds of this game is the emerging dynamic: in a couple of rounds players find out that another factor for choosing to win or not is what is the caller position relative to the winning player. Usually it is said that making the caller go last in a round is a "traitor" move, and the same can be said for playing an high value card as first or second player when the caller is last. But what if the caller is first? then loading the trick with points as second or third player is clearly a "non-traitor" move, because you have an higher chance that somebody else than the caller gets the points.

    This may seem articulate but it's quite clear once you played a couple of rounds, and when everybody has this knowledge it enables another layer of the game: if the traitor has a strong hand he will play in a very open and obvious manner, but if not or unsure of the caller hand quality he can try to bluff and play a very neutral game, raking up just the amount of points needed for his team to win.
    On the other hand (and this works way more than you can imagine with good player) a non-traitor can bluff it out and make the caller dump all of his points on him!

    Trivia: another name for this game is "Briscola al due", which means "Briscola till the 2", usually shortened to just " al due", since you find out quite fast that if the caller calls something higher than a 2 his team will win very easily. Most of the game will start with a call between 62 and 66, with some extreme calls to 70 points if the caller has a great hand or not even reaching 2 if everybody has terrible hands (which is rare).

  13. 5-handed Sheepshead (popular in Eastern Wisconsin, USA & Germany) is a trick taking game with hidden roles.

  14. Toepen is a fun trick-taking game too. My family used to play it and turned it into a drinking game.

    And at school we played a variant where there was a winner instead of a loser. I think we played up to 20 and the last one to stay under won. And IIRC we added the rule that each round you had to predict how many tricks you'd take, and if you incorrectly predicted the amount of tricks you'd take in that round, you would get an extra point.

    I can translate the rules if you'd like. I don't remember us playing with whistling and standing up. But we did use the white laundry and dirty laundry rule to trade in a terrible hand.

  15. This game reminds me of Napoleon, which I highly recommend to anyone that wants to play a fun trick taking game

  16. Briscola is pronounced with an emphasis on the "bris" part. So it would be BRIS,cola. Also Bastarda is most likely close to "Bastard".

  17. This sounds like the best game yet! A trick taking game where you care about who, specifically is taking these tricks not just the leader.

  18. If for some stupid reason, for any card game, I'd served the cards clockwise, my Grandad would have refused to play. No joke.
    Of course I'm Italian 😂

  19. Great great game if you have 5 players. Only variants I know is to have the trump suit caller be the last to play in the first hand (slightly easier for the caller).

    Also normal Briscola (2 player game) and team Briscola (4 player) are good but without the secret team mechanics; you play with 3 card in hand, trump suit is the same as last card of the deck.

  20. Fun fact: "Chiamata" here is "called" in the sense of calling out (for your bid and the secret ally) — as in "calling your shot". :p

  21. I went to a highschool with a lot of italians. We used to play briscola every lunch in the cafeteria. I never knew this version, but I actually invented a variant of this game so that 5 people could play. Very trippy watching this and realising that something I came up with is actually a variant of an existing game. In mine you just bid points, and then you name a card. So if you had the ace, you would probably want to name the three. The reason I came up with this mechanic is to make it fair that one team only had two, so I added the ambiguity of not knowing who was on the bidders team. So weird how similar that is to the game you are showing in this video!

    Sorry if this sounds made up, but its honestly not. Anyways, thanks for another great card games vid.

  22. so wouldn't it make sense for this game to remove the King,Queen & Jack and leave the numbers in then you know the rankings alot easyer? since it's just the highest number then ACE at top

  23. @ShutUpShow hi, today I was watching your card games episode and I wonder if you are going to do an episode on this card game

    It's one of the most liked games in Latin America and it absolutely doesn't suck(only problem is can only be played in pairs)

  24. I like how they allow the dismissal of the counter-clockwise rule. Historically, a lot of these games became more complicated simply so vets could have an inherent advantage over newbies, kind of like how your sister CHANGES THE RULES OF CHESS HALFWAY THROUGH!

    (This is also why so many card games have a ranking order that somehow defies the ordinal numerics of the cards.)

    I'm excited to try this one out!

  25. Italian here.
    Some insights:
    – the rank are one/three/king/queen/jack/7/6/5(so on) in italian briscola. The 10 IS the king, the threes are worth a lot because in italian cards the drawings for the threes feels “important” for some reason
    – you can play a variant with no rank but only points. Who win the auction can choose freely the “secret partner card”, and you score points (for the final scoring) based on the points bet in the auction. We played this variant as a social deduction – with “trust me I’m not the enemy” and “let me take this round for me pls”
    – you CAN play with 6. Deal all the card except 4. The one who wins the auction (the point variation) takes the 4 left out and discards 4 (the 4 discarded are part of the scoring of the “team”) and then chooses the “partner card” – granted, it’s more luck based and briscola chiamata shines in 5 player

  26. Really liking this series. Do you guys think that at some point we could get a dice games that don't suck series?

  27. This is incredibly close in rules for sheepshead, with a modified deck, the exact same point structure, weird suit ordering, and hidden roles. Sheepshead plays with a 30 card deck, has more trump, has a set trump set, you have to follow suit, and also the partner is always the person with the Jack of diamonds. I highly recommend ya'll check it out.

  28. My family bought a deck of cards when we were on holiday in Spain to play with and we were confused when it only had 40 cards. We made it work but didn't know it was a thing. Suits are also different (cups, swords, coins and something else). I still have the cards as a souvenir so I think I'll bring the deck out again to have a go at this.

  29. Damnit! Now there's basically no chance you'll recommend Koenigrufen :'( (especially since it requires a deck with a trump suit, to be fair!) It also has the excellent feature of the hidden team.

  30. We learned to play this in my Spanish class in high school as briscas bastardas, a Spanish game, using some real naipes our teacher purchased in Spain. It proved to be so popular that students would come to his class over lunch to play in an impromptu league. ¡Qué chévere!

  31. PLAY SKAT NEXT!!!!!!! Similar gameplay (card values and trying to get 61+ points and 1v2 against bidder)
    My favorite game for 3 players!!!!!!

  32. This is eerily similar to Napoleon, so much so that I wouldn't be surprised if the guy who invented Napoleon said "let's play briscola but with a full deck"

  33. I'd played a variant of this before, but tying the partnership to bidding instead of it just being a called card after the bid is a great move. I'll have to keep this in mind.

  34. Quinn's looks very much like he belongs in a drug movie from or about the 70's/80's, like Scarface or Fear and Loathing…

  35. What I'm wondering is why there's this auction at the beginning. Why is it relevant that you bid a five instead of a four, aside from influencing who your teammate is? Are you bidding with anything?

  36. What's the point in betting? Why not just call out 2 right away? If you're not actually wagering any cards, why not start with points wagering?

  37. You should look into the game escoba (spanish name) or scopa (italian name)
    I learned it from a Spaniard, but most references I've found use the Italian name. It's a really great card game!

  38. Waking up to find that Quinns is a Briscola connoisseur like any other old old man is priceless <3 .
    I am surprised you didn't build any pun on the cheesiest name of 5p briscola: "amico del giaguaro" —>"the jaguar's friend

  39. I personally find even more attractive than briscola chiamata a similar game called Tressette, which can be played in 2, 4 or 5 players. The auction and the secret buddy are present only in the 5 player version. The main interesting variations with respect to Briscola Chiamata are: each round, the players must respond with the same suit played by the first player and the ranking of the cards is different from their point value, since 3 >2>Ace>10> 9 and so on, but ace is worth 1 point and 7,8,9,2,3 are worth one third of a point.

  40. Bello there. The name of the game in my region is also 'jaguar's friend, which is a pretty better name 😀

  41. Some of those rules remind me of Doppelkopf (some more of Schafkopf). Also a great cardgames that are very popular in Germany, along with Skat, you could discuss.

  42. I might have missed this but did you explain what the purpose of the bid at the beginning is? I get the extra points to winonce you get down to two, but why would you bid a higher number like a 10? Why would you not bid? It doesn't sound like you actually pay anything for these bids.

  43. Italy here, you're missing an important gameplay mechanic: every card you play is accompanied by swearing, bloodcurdling profanity, angry gesturing and general drama

  44. If you lose track of your deal when dealing out an entire deck (e.g. 13 cards each to 4 people for a 52 card deck) you can fix the mistake by starting with yourself (the last card that would be dealt) and going backwards. You'll run out of cards just as the two deals meet in the middle.

  45. Another great trick taking game similar to this is , Singaporean Bridge!
    Basically its contract bridge with hidden allies!

  46. This game is very similar to Sueca (traditional Portuguese team-based trick-taking game). The card values are very similar, but it plays with 2 teams of 2 (total four players) and plays in silence (the way you play the card on the table can be used to give signals to your partner, but you must be careful not be obvious to your opponents). You should do a review on this (I can help).

  47. This game is so similar to the slightly more complicated Sheepshead. The hidden partner really makes the game pop.

  48. This game sounds super interesting, but the bidding part has me baffled. What are you bidding? What's to stop the first person to bid 2 and steal the opportunity to name an ally card? Its not like you lose a card or points or anything like that when you bid, right?

  49. It is counter clockwise because if you deal clockwise some granpa at the table when you are learning this (or any card game) will hit you with his cane.
    And he'll hit to hurt you, not in a friendly way.

  50. Nice to see a traditional Italian game popularized! Next you may want to look at "Scopa" and "Machiavelli" (this one even uses international cards)

  51. In my playgroup, if you play this clockwise, people yell "what games is this!" at you until you go counter clockwise. Also the name of this game is not birscola chiamata, it is BRISCOLA!!!!! exclaimed with as much enthusiasm as possible.

  52. In some areas of Italy this game Is called "giaguaro", jaguard in italian, because the secret teammate Is called the jaguar's friend, which in italian Is a way of saying that someone Is double playing

  53. Another card game with a similar hidden-partners mechanic is Zhao Pengyou (Looking for Friends). Interestingly, Zhao Pengyou is played with two decks — whoever plays the called card first becomes the partner, creating additional interesting mechanics.

  54. == Folklore Club ==
    You're missing some important rules. Swearing and blasphemies are a must. You call it Briscòla (stress on the o), but it's Brìscola (stress on the i).

    From "Bar Sport", popular comedy book from Italian author Stefano Benni: "Briscola is a simple game. Your opponent slams on the table a card, and you have to slam another one HARDER. Good players are able to break from 15 to 20 tables per game. It is appropriate, before slamming a card on the table, to make that card wet with a bit of saliva. Cards can take their characteristic crumpled up shape and the hardness of a rock. In many bars, to shuffle a deck of cards, we use a kneading machine. When a card is too old, it becomes hard and heavy, and if you're not well trained, it's better if you use some work gloves."

    Anyway, as already comment elsewhere, a Briscola deck is with A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, J, Q, K. And the order (don't ask why we don't know either) is (from lowest to higher): 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, J, Q, K, 3, A.
    There are some variants on the auction itself. I find very funny calling directly points (e.g: 65!). The one who wins the auction can call a card (e.g. 5 of Spades. Spades becomes the Trunk, and the player with the 5 of Spades is the secret partner). You now must reach that many points. You can even call yourself (you call a card that you already have). This way there is no secret partner and a lot of more confusion on the table. If you win this way and you're keeping track of the points, this round your points are doubled.

    BTW: This applies to any game. In science, there's a method to calculate vectors called "Fleming's right-hand rule". Going counter-clockwise seems the right way to do it since you got a normal vector from the table surface as a result. I'm very uncomfortable with clockwise games and every time I can't remember specific rules, I deal cards/take turns counter-clockwise

    Last but not least. I have to go, but I don't know how late I am since we don't have clocks around here 😛

  55. i dont get the bidding, whats the difference between bidding 8 or 2 and 120 points, what keeps me from just always bidding the highest thing when i want to play`?

  56. Should do one on lost cities. Can easily play with a normal deck, aces are the cities, and face cards are the multiplier.

  57. As an Italian, I would also recommend "scopone scientifico", which you can find in the "variations" section here
    I wouldn't bother with the base game of scopa

  58. Kinda looks like a tarot card game ^^ (Huge deal in France :/)
    I wonder how much the game feel is different from Briscola

  59. I play a version of this called napoleon. you use a 52 card deck and the highest bidder gets to swap out the last 2 cards (50 dealt) then they declare their partner (usually the highest trump they dont have)

  60. I don't understand the purpose of the bidding phase. Besides picking the leader of the round, it seems to have no consequence. Seems like you should start at the 60-120 point bidding from the start.

  61. le jeu de tarot (French Tarot) is another game that, at five players, is a similar game with the hidden traitor (partnership) mechanic at five players too, with similar rules except using a 74-card tarot deck (1-10, Valet(Page), Chevalier(Jack), Dame(Queen), Roi(King) plus 0-21 of a trump suit), follow-suit, forced overtrumps, and different point evaluations.

    zhao pengyou (Looking for Friends) also employs hidden partnerships in a slightly interesting manner: it uses 2 or more decks of cards (3 at 8 players, 4 at 12, …), and the declarer calls out which card(s) joins their partnership: "first Ace of Hearts and second Black Joker", for example.

  62. wow, this is very similar to the 5-payer french tarot game. speaking of wich, you should make an episode on french tarot 😉

  63. I didn't now Italian card games were on the the table if that's the case they you should do videos on a the slandered rules of Briscola as well as Scopa both are the go to Italian card game.

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