Today is the Level Up! Blogfest, hosted by Allison at Geek Banter and Jamie from Mithril Wisdom, and here are the requirements:
Share your favourite game with us! It can be a video game, a board game, a party game, a card game, a childhood playground game--you name it. Let us know how it works and why you love it. I still can't even decide which category of game I want to pick, because there are so many good games to choose from under each. Video games are obviously close to my heart (I can't wait to hear about your favourites), but I often post about them, so maybe I will share a board game favourite this time.
I do have favourite games in various categories, and my favourite of all time has got to be Donkey Kong Country - but I already wrote about it quite extensively back in 2011. Today I'm going to mention a card game I have played since high school days, called Carioca. Basically we now call it "karaoke" but it's got nothing to do with singing or music. It's got a lot to do with swearing and screaming in frustration, but only if you're losing. If you're winning you're more likely to loose a series of evil cackles.
I learned this game from my high school friend who was Argentinian. Apparently it's a form of rummy, and I found this webpage about it which I must immediately email to my mum and her best friend (who I still play with), because it may tell us some things we have been doing wrong. But in our version of the game, we go far beyond the 6 or 7 rounds mentioned on that webpage. We end up with 20+ cards in our hands having to sort out really complicated combinations of trios and escaleras. My mum even bought these plastic card holders to help us handle all our cards and avoid tendon-strain!
So yeah, I love love love card games, and am always willing to learn new ones! My mum has an encyclopaedia of card games and that's also fun to check out.
P.S. I think my love of card games certainly influenced the fact that I have a collection of playing cards from all around the world that I keep adding to.
|Some of my playing cards - these were an "antique" present.|