These are the game rules pages that had most visitors in each of the last three months - see notes for further details. The top 5 pages for the most recent month are listed on the home page.
These are pages that have had a notable increase in visitors in each of the last three months, relative to the average number of visitors in previous months - see notes for further details. The top 5 pages with increased visits in the latest month are shown on the home page.
Recommendations from the editor (i.e. me - John McLeod). These are games that I have enjoyed playing, and which you may find worth trying if you are looking for something different to play.
- Bela / Clobyosh
- Variously known as Clobyosh, Kalabrias, Klabberjass or Bela, this is widely acknowledged as one of the most skilful two-player card games.
- A 4-player compendium game with 7 contracts: each player must play each contract once. It was enhanced in the 1960's by Bridge players who introduced doubles which create loose alliances between players with a common interest.
- Tarot (French)
- Over the past 50 years, Tarot has become one of the most popular card games in France, played at home, in clubs and in regional and national tournaments.
- Schieber Jass
- Four-player partnership version of the Swiss national card game. It is a point-trick game with some extra points for declarations, in which you may play a trump to any trick even if you have a card of the suit led.
- Italian three-player point-trick game with bidding. The main aim is to capture aces (the third highest cards of the suits) and take the last trick, which is difficult to guarantee since there are no trumps.
- Open Face Chinese Poker
- Although this rather new game is based on poker hands and became popular with poker players in 2012-2013, there is no bluffing or escalating betting. Players compete to build poker hands using cards that are seen by all players.
- Pegs and Jokers
- North American partenrship race game for up to 8 players in which cards are used to move pegs around a (normally home-made) board.
- Svoi Kozyri
- Russian game in which you must either beat the previous player's card or pick up cards from the play pile. The last player holding cards is the loser. Good for 3 or 4 players: each has their own trump suit.
- This 3-player 24-card game is popular in Eastern Europe: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and the Baltic States. It is a point-trick game with extra points for marriages, which change the trump suit when declared.
- In this unusual Punjabi game for 4-8 players, the aim is to get rid of cards. If anyone is unable to follow suit, the 'winner' of the trick has to pick it up. Works well for a group that includes inexperienced card players.
- I have found Porrazo to be an enjoyable two-player game to pass the time on train and plane journeys. There are some players in California, but it is said to have originated in Mexico.
- Zhăo Péngyou
- A Chinese trick-taking game for up to 12 players using multiple decks with jokers, in which sets of identical cards and sequence of sets can be played. In each deal the trump maker calls cards to form new teams.
These are the new pages most recently added to the website. See also the what's new page for a periodic survey of major additions and modifications to the site, and the site map for a complete list of pages showing when each was last updated.
|25 Sep 14||Sedmice|
|15 Sep 14||Fireplace Poker|
|31 Aug 14||Sedma|
|30 Aug 14||Roller Coaster|
|28 Aug 14||Guan Dan|
|28 Aug 14||Wellsix|
|14 Aug 14||Blindsided|
|11 Aug 14||Prize Dominoes|
|10 Aug 14||Žandari|
|1 Aug 14||Best, Pair and Thirty-one|
|24 Jul 14||Barbu Bridge|
|18 Jul 14||Marianna|
|14 Jul 14||501|
|7 Jan 14||Scala Quaranta|
|7 Jan 14||Hole of Mana|
|5 Jan 14||Russian Poker|
|5 Jan 14||Liar Game|
|23 Dec 13||Spizzichino|
|19 Dec 13||Role Games|
|19 Dec 13||Candyman|
The tables of popular pages and pages with recent interest are based on the number of visitors in a month, estimated on the basis of the number of different hosts (IP addresses) requesting the page. The 'popular pages' table includes only English language pages containing game rules, while the 'recent interest' table covers all English language pages that have existed for at least six months.
To find pages that have recently become more popular, the expected number of visitors per month is estimated on the basis of the previous 5 months, and compared to the number for the current month. The calculation is as follows:
- For each English language page, for each month, the number of different hosts visiting the page (h) is divided by the total number of hosts visiting pagat.com that month (t). This normalisation is to correct for seasonal fluctuations in the total number of page views: it probably does not make much difference to the result.
- We model visits to a page as a Poisson process, and use the average of h/t for the previous 5 months to estimate its rate.
- Assuming this Poisson process, we use the Chernoff bound to estimate the probablity that h/t for the current month is greater than or equal to the observed value. Thanks to Niall Cardin for drawing our attention to this approximation.
- We rank the pages in order of this probability. The lower the probability, the more remarkable it is that so many hosts visited the page in the latest month.