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Blades of Steel

A hockey game with cards designed by Craig Bednar

Players: 2

Materials: standard 52-card pack (no jokers)

Object: Score the most goals before the deck runs out.

Cards: Aces are high, twos low. Red cards (hearts and diamonds) are used for offence and black cards (clubs and spades) are used for defence.

Face-off: Cut to determine who plays first, high cut wins, cut again for ties.

Setup: The loser of the cut deals six cards to each player. Place the rest of the cards in a face down pile in the middle of the playing area. Discarded cards will be placed next to this pile.

Game play: At the start of their turn, a player draws cards until they have six cards in their hand. For their turn a player must perform one of the following actions:

Scoring goals: A goal is scored unless the defence plays a higher combination of cards than the offence. Defence can be played from stacked defence cards or from the players hand but not a combination of the two. The higher level play wins, on the same level the higher ranking card wins. In the case of ties, defence wins and no goal is scored.

Offence levels:Defence levels:
High card: Any 3 red cards.High card: Any 3 black cards.
3 card flush: 3 red cards of same suit.3 card flush: 3 black cards of same suit.
One-timer: 2 red cards of same rank.Star defence: 2 black cards of same rank.
Breakaway: Red ace + card of same suit.     Star goalie: 1 black ace.
The Great One: 2 red nines.(the Great One is an automatic goal)

When the deck runs out the game is over. For tied games, play again with first goal wins.


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Last updated 22nd November 2007