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.
- 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.
- Popular two-player game from Afghanistan, made famous by Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner. The name means '5 cards', the number dealt to each player at the start. The last player left holding cards at the end of the game is the loser.
- The most basic form of the Swiss national game Jass, for two to four players.
- Indonesian game for 4 players. Bid for tricks by placing a card from hand face down. Suit of highest bid determines trumps.
- This unusual Nepali draw and discard game for 2-5 players has also become popular in Israel under the name Yaniv. Players collect rummy-like combinations, but then throw them onto the discard pile rather than keeping or melding them.
- This 2-player game which appeared in North America in the 1970's is slightly reminiscent of later commercially successful combat games such as Magic the Gathering though the similarity is probably a coincidence.
- A four-player partnership game played in the Punjab and some other parts of India. It is related to Casino but with greater scope for skill because all the cards are dealt at the start.
- Dou Dizhu
- This Chinese climbing game has become very popular in the last 20 years. One player volunteers to play alone as the 'landlord' against the other players in partnership. Playable combinations include the bomb (four of a kind), the rocket (complete set of jokers) and the quadplex set (four of a kind plus two single cards or pairs).
- National card game of Germany, a game of tricks and trumps for 3 players using 32 cards. Players bid to decide who will play alone against the other two, aiming to take the majority of the card points.
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.
|27 Jul 17||Coup D'Etat for 2 Players|
|5 Jun 17||Hachi-Hachi|
|20 Apr 17||Pan|
|17 Apr 17||Thunee|
|14 Apr 17||Code 9 Attack|
|23 Mar 17||Poker Regler|
|16 Mar 17||Piles|
|3 Mar 17||Dingo|
|24 Feb 17||El Presidente|
|23 Feb 17||Canadian Salad|
|9 Feb 17||Vändtia|
|2 Feb 17||Hornipex|
|11 Jan 17||Snitch'ems|
|20 Dec 16||Banakil|
|19 Dec 16||Hang Ten|
|30 Nov 16||Panjpar|
|21 Nov 16||Keep Trying|
|17 Nov 16||Skitgubbe (Svensk)|
|12 Nov 16||Escalation|
|11 Nov 16||Mate|
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.