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.
- African Casino
- The unusual versions of Casino played in Swaziland and Lesotho allow players to steal cards from their opponents' capture piles to help with building.
- 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.
- 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.
- Classic game for two players, which has deservedly survived with very little change since the 16th century. There are scores for longest suit, best sequence, best set of 3 or 4 of a kind and for tricks.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 distant relative of Bridge played in Finland. Skruuvi is a sophisticated descendant of the Russian game Vint featuring misere bids and passing of cards between partners.
- 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).
- 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.
- This six-player team version of Authors or Happy Families was probably invented in southern India. It demands a high degree of coordination between team members and an excellent memory.
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.
|21 Nov 19||Cuckoo Variations|
|18 Nov 19||Ta Gou Ta Doi|
|13 Nov 19||Jokers|
|11 Nov 19||Sidi Barrani Jass|
|30 Oct 19||Zole|
|26 Oct 19||Sicilian Tarocchi|
|15 Aug 19||Tàihé A Bāo|
|19 Jun 19||Hand|
|29 May 19||QiuQiu|
|9 May 19||Greek 31|
|22 Apr 19||Palatinate Schafkopf|
|15 Apr 19||Poker Challenge|
|23 Mar 19||Giog|
|27 Feb 19||Rahapelaaminen|
|25 Feb 19||Saskop|
|5 Feb 19||Spel om pengar|
|21 Jan 19||Trash|
|20 Jan 19||Fashion|
|13 Dec 18||Cucù|
|27 Nov 18||Diloti|
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.