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.
- 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.
- Scopone and Scopa
- Scopone is a skilful four-player partnership game in which cards or sets of cards are captured from the table by playing cards of equal value. Scopa is a simpler game for 2-4 players based on the same principles.
- A Scandinavian game for up to 7 players in which the aim is not to win the last trick. When playing to a trick you must either overtake or play your lowest card.
- This popular 4-player game from north Germany is played with a double deck of 2×24 cards. The players with the queens of clubs are partners, but you only find out who your partner is during the course of the play.
- A dutch Jass game that works well for 4-6 players. If you play and win twice you are out of the game and safe. If you play and lose twice or are the last player in, you buy the drinks.
- Dehla Pakad
- Indian trick taking card game for 4 players in fixed partnerships in which the aim is to capture tens. Cards played to tricks are only captured when the same player wins two consecutive tricks.
- This unusual draw and discard game for 2-5 players is popular in Israel. Players collect rummy-like combinations, but then throw them onto the discard pile rather than keeping or melding them.
- Indonesian game for 4 players. Bid for tricks by placing a card from hand face down. Suit of highest bid determines trumps. Objective is to win or lose tricks depending whether bids add up to more or fewer than the 13 available.
- Go Stop
- A Korean game for 2 or 3 players using flower cards. Having collected enough scoring combinations to win, you have to decide whether to stop the game or try to improve your score at the risk of losing everything.
- This popular 4-player Spanish game of betting and bluffing is unusual among vying games, in that it is played without money and with partnerships.
- Tarokk (Paskievics)
- This 4-player tarot game from Hungary partners are chosen by calling the XX and there are multiple objectives including catching the XXI and winning the last trick with the I (pagat ultimo).
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.
|26 Nov 13||Tinkle|
|13 Nov 13||Ace Chasing|
|9 Nov 13||Charlemagne|
|6 Nov 13||Novatarok|
|5 Nov 13||Mediatore|
|15 Oct 13||Tri-Cap|
|11 Oct 13||Statistics (card game)|
|9 Oct 13||Ribs|
|5 Oct 13||Lansquenet|
|27 Sep 13||Snap|
|27 Sep 13||Snip Snap Snorum|
|26 Sep 13||Awol Bridge|
|17 Sep 13||Wall Street|
|14 Aug 13||Open Face Chinese Poker|
|12 Aug 13||Ipso|
|9 Aug 13||The Nine|
|9 Aug 13||Call Bridge|
|14 Jul 13||Argentinean Truco|
|14 Jul 13||Uruguayan Truco|
|4 Jul 13||Brazilian Truco|
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.