Popular Game Pages
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.
Pages with Recent Interest
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.
- Tibetan domino game for 4 players using a double set of Chinese dominoes (64 tiles). Tiles are played in tricks, singly or in groups, and the main aim is to win the last trick.
- This famous Tyrolean card game has been recognised by UNESCO as a cultural heritage item. It is trick-taking game usually played by 4 players in partnerships, with several wild cards which can be used to help form sets and sequences.
- An enjoyable two-player game, good for passing the time on train and plane journeys. There are some players in California, but it is said to have originated in Mexico.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Snip Snap Snorum
- Traditional round game for 4-8 players in which players try to get rid of their cards by playing them in ascending sequences of up to 5 cards in suit. There is a second version in which equal ranked cards are played.
- Go Stop
- A Korean game for 2, 3 or more 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.
- Catalan trick-taking game for 4 players in partnership. The very strict rules of play allow many deductions about the location of cards.
- Crash (13-card Brag)
- British game for four or fewer players in which players choose how to divide a 13-card hand four 3-card Brag hands and an odd card. Each player's hands are ordered best to worst and the corresponding hands are compared.
- This popular 4-player Spanish / Basque game of betting and bluffing is unusual among vying games, in that it is played without money and with partnerships.
- A relative of Canasta which has become immensely popular in Italy over the last 25 years. There are 4 players in partnerships, both runs and sets can be melded, and each team has a third hand to be used when a player runs out of cards.
Recently Added Pages
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.
|24 Apr 18||Screw Whist: Vint in Finland|
|22 Apr 18||Auction Whist Group|
|22 Apr 18||Vint|
|20 Apr 18||Skruuvi|
|18 Apr 18||Suits Duel|
|2 Apr 18||Shogun|
|29 Mar 18||Responsible Gambling|
|25 Mar 18||Briscola Chiamata|
|15 Mar 18||Fracas|
|28 Feb 18||Nexus|
|21 Feb 18||Jo-Jotte|
|15 Feb 18||Domino Euchre and Variations|
|15 Feb 18||Lórum (Slovak)|
|14 Feb 18||42 and Variations|
|14 Feb 18||Zetema|
|10 Feb 18||Scoring Rummies|
|10 Feb 18||Gin Rummy and Variations|
|10 Feb 18||Lora / Lórum|
|6 Feb 18||Bezique and Variations|
|5 Feb 18||Quinto, Yukon, Pip-Pip!|
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.