Contributed by Sonja Ritter (allthat@ItsGoodToBeMe.Com)
2-4 players. Use a regular deck of 52 cards. Shuffle cards 7 times, then deal out all cards. Some players may have more, this will happen. When all cards are handed out, have the players shuffle their piles 4 times. Do not look at cards. Player on dealer's left begins play by placing their card face up. If it is a spade, previous player takes it and puts it face down under their pile. If not play continues clockwise until someone turns up a spade, and the previous player must take the whole pile of played cards.
In a 2 player game the player who lays down the spade gives the pile to the other player. Play continues until a player is out of cards (in a 2 player game.) In a 3-4 player game, the left over players battle it out until all but one person is out.
Object - To lose all cards
Jokers may be used. If a joker is played, the person who played it decides who gets the pile. They are only used in 3-4 player games. 3 players, you use 1 joker, 4 players, you use 2 jokers.
If an ace of spades is turned up, the next player must turn up 4 more cards. If another spade is turned up, person who laid down next spade takes the pile. A king is worth 3 cards, Queens are worth 2 and Jacks are worth 1.
Tens are a "reverse direction" card. These are obsolete in a 2 player game.
4 player game example: If player 1 plays a King of Spades, player 2 must play 3 cards. If the first card is not a spade, then player 3 then plays a card. If a spade, player 2 takes pile. If player 3 plays 10 of spades, play is reversed back to player 2. Player 2 then plays a card. If not a spade, then player 1 plays a card. If a spade, player 2 takes pile. If player 1 plays a 7 of spades, player 1 takes whole pile, but if player 1 plays a Queen of Spades, play continues to player 4, then 3, then 2 and so on, unless a 10 of spades is played. If any player plays a card in spades other than A,K,Q,J,and 10, that player takes the whole pile. That is how the "round-about" game play ends. This could go around for a while.
It may not be a very skillful game, but if you want a great laugh, it works. And also if you want an enemy. Hehe. Only Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of SPADES are killer cards, just like in Egyptian Ratscrew.