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.
- 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.
- Brazilian Truco
- Lively and popular Brazilian partnership game for four players. The aim is to win two of the three tricks, and the score for this can be increased by betting during the play.
- Podkidnoy Durak
- Durak is one of the best known card games in Russia and has spread to many east European countries. It can be played by 2-6 people and works well for 4 playing as partners.
- Korean trick-taking game for 5 players, 2 against 3 with secret partnerships and some cards with special powers: the mighty, the joker and the ripper.
- This well-known 4-player Indian partnership trick-taking game is distantly related to the European Jass family, with the jack and nine ranking high in all four suits.
- Finnish partnership game for 4 players. A point-trick game with bidding in which the trump suit is set or changed by declaring marriages.
- This Swedish game for 2-6 players is a reverse form of Casino. There are penalty points for playing a card that captures a matching card or set of cards from the table, and a large penalty for clearing the table.
- All Fives (dominoes)
- Two-player cross domino game in which players score for making the ends of the layout add up to a multiple of 5.
- Bao Huang
- Chinese climbing game for 5 players: the emperor and eunuch play as partners against a team of 3 common people. The eunuch is the holder of a particular card whose location may be unknown to the other players until the eunuch plays it.
- Spite and Malice
- American game in which two players compete to play their cards in numerical sequence to foundation piles. The skill is in the management of the reserve piles where currently unplayable cards are stored.
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.
|30 Nov 16||Panjpar|
|21 Nov 16||Keep Trying|
|17 Nov 16||Skitgubbe (Svensk)|
|12 Nov 16||Escalation|
|11 Nov 16||Mate|
|9 Nov 16||Handjass|
|2 Nov 16||Spellevate|
|7 Oct 16||Giltspiel|
|23 Sep 16||Minibluff|
|16 Sep 16||Ten Card Rummy|
|3 Sep 16||Quantum Leap|
|10 Aug 16||Cangkul / Burro|
|21 Jun 16||Evil Deal|
|25 May 16||Kasino i Norden|
|23 May 16||Democracy|
|22 May 16||Horse Race (cards)|
|14 Apr 16||Vändåtta|
|27 Mar 16||Tres y Dos|
|23 Mar 16||Fifty Plus/Minus|
|12 Nov 15||Pot Black|
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.