Assassin 8’s Introduction

Hey all you NaGa DeMonian’s,

The game I decided to create is a 2-4 player card game using a traditional deck of playing cards. The title of this game is Assassin 8’s. Each player is trying to assassinate the most royalty cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks). Each royalty card is worth a certain amount of points. The person that reaches 8 points first wins the game. Details below:

The Goal

The first person to reach 8 points wins

 

Setup Details

  1. Deal each player 5 cards (a player must always have 5 cards in his/her hand, draw from the deck to follow this rule during the game)
  2. The player left of the dealer goes first
  3. A player has 2 options to choose from during his/her turn (however a player can only use one option a turn)

Option A – Put out “one” target (King, Queen or Jack of any suit) out on the middle of the table

Option B – Build on “one” target (King, Queen or Jack of any suit)

(If a player cannot do either option A or B then they draw a card and end their turn)

(Also a player cannot build on more than one target a turn and a player cannot put out more than one target a turn)

 

Building Details

Building is the term for building towards a kill. Each target/royal card (K, Q, J) requires a certain amount of cards for it to be killed/taken by a player. Players take turns building on whatever target/royal card is currently on the table, by placing as many appropriate cards on top of the target/royal card. The player that finishes the building process of a target/royal card (K,Q,J) gets to take that target/royal card and the points it is valued at for his/herself. Below are the specifics to building towards a kill for each target/royal card:

  • A Jack requires any 2 cards, of the same suit as the Jack  being built on, to be killed/taken  (For example if a Jack of Diamonds was on the table it would need 2 Diamonds suited cards placed on top of it to be killed/taken)
  • A Queen requires any 3 cards, of the same suit as the Queen being built on, to be killed/taken (For example if a Queen of Spades was on the table it would need 3 Spades suited cards placed on top of it to be killed/taken)
  • A King requires any 4 cards, of the same suit as the King being built on, , to be killed/taken (For example if a King of Hearts was on the table it would need 4 Hearts suited cards placed on top of it to be killed/taken)

(Players can use royal cards(K,Q,J) as one of the cards to build towards a kill, as long as the royal card is the correct suit)

Once a target/royal card is killed/taken by a player, that player puts that royal card in front of him/herself to represent the points he/she gained. The cards that were used to kill the target are placed under the royal card.

 

Scoring Details

  • Kings are worth 3 points
  • Queens are worth 2 points
  • Jacks are worth 1 point

 

The 8’s

The twist in this game are the four 8’s in the deck. The red 8’s (hearts and diamonds) double the score of a target/royal card (K,Q,J) and the black 8’s (spades and clubs) make the score of the target/royal card a negative number (example if a 8 of spades is placed on the King of hearts then the player that kills/takes the King of hearts gets -4 points instead of 4 points). These 8’s must be placed face down so the identity of the card stays hidden until the target/royal card is killed/taken by a player.

(8’s can be used to build towards a kill or as a way to double a score or sabotage a score)

 

An Example Of A Round Of Assassin 8’s

An example game would go like this. There are 4 players playing. The player left of the dealer goes first. He looks at his hand and plays a Jack of Diamonds(putting it out on the middle of the table) and draws a card so that he has 5 cards in his hand. The player, left of the player who just went, looks at her hand. She plays a 3 of diamonds on top of the Jack of Diamonds to start building towards a kill and draws a card (so that she has 5 cards in her hand). The next player (who is on the left of the player who just went) does not have any diamonds to build on the Jack of Diamonds, but he does have a Queen of Spades in his hand, so he play’s it on the table and draws a card(so he has 5 cards in his hand). The final player does not have a diamond card to build on the Jack of Diamonds, but she does have 3 Spades cards in her hand to build on the Queen of Spades. She plays the 3 Spades on the Queen of Spades and kills the target. She takes the Queen of Spades, puts the Queen in front of her to represent the 2 points she now has and places the three Spades cards she used to kill the Queen under the Queen of Spades card.

 

Where I Am At Now

I have finished the concept of the game and will now start play-testing it with people. If you can, feel free to play the game and leave feedback so I can improve the idea. Also let me know if you have any ideas that you think I should add to this game.

Ben.

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