I have to say, this is my first time to invent a card game for household playing, I got this idea while I was trying to write some articles about playing card games, a flash thought came to me, “why not create a new game self”. I think somehow human brain is way better than computer, when I was intentional to search ideas, I had thought some of related stuffs, they are sudoku, squares and comparing. So anyway, I got the final of sharp of my new game, it is called three shared squares, sorry for that game name, I am completely talentless at naming stuff, so just try being fine with it. But first of all, you should see how it looks like.
Four players, equal to double decks or more. Since its a version of holdem, so no jokers, but I won’t call it a poker game, I prefer it a card game because I am not gambler.
Totally 21 cards in the picture, 9 of them in catercorner.
I have to admit that is the most terrible picture I ever made, but it does have a way to show concept clearly with adding detailed introduction here. Three shared squares is a community card game, except for the layout, share the same rules of winning with Texas holdem. As you know, those holdem poker games always have shared cards on the middle of poker tables, and they are owned together by all the poker players around, but my new game is different from them about this, it too has community cards, however, they shall be shared in some levels.
Let me specialized the details and difference about the community cards in my own game. There are three levels of them from outside to inside, and they are all located on the diagonal of the playing layout. This’s the fun part of my game, all in the corners, that being said, you are not sharing all the public cards instead of the two cards at your sides. In the exterior square, all public cards are faced up and known to all four players, but in the middle level, they should be faced down so only two players know that card value(yes, when deal this card, the two players check first and then put down on the board), and about the interior, only one public card and that is shared to all four participants.
These poker hands are same to Texas holdem poker hands, but with own scores:
- Royal Flush – 200
- Straight Flush – 100
- Four of A Kind – 80
- Full House – 70
- Flush – 50
- Straight – 40
- Three of A Kind – 30
- Two Pairs – 20
- One Pair – 10
- High Cards – 5
This is a comparing game, whoever gets the largest poker hand win the battle, if two or more claim the same level of hands, then compare the numbers of cards, and if still stay put, then it is a tie(no suits are premium), all the losers should minus 30 from what they have. And also it is a scoring game, try to approach as many points as you can. By the way, you are free to set a beginning score value, say 1000.
When dealt, you should call your bet according to your current best hand. For example, you have two pairs, if you choose not to call any bets, at last you win, you will get 15 points. But if you keep conservative about future, you may want to call values that a lower than your current status, and that’s OK, that way if you lose this round, you will get a commutation of the gap between the hand points and your call points from minus 30, and what if you win with the lower call, you would just get your call points instead of your best hand points. Last situation is you raise your stake higher than what you get, that way if you win, you get the higher scores, but if you lose, you will get a punishment by minus the gap of hand points and call points and continue with the loser -30 rule.
That is a lot of crap misleading above, I should make a diagram clear it out.
So how it be played? First deal the outside square, everybody gets three own cards, read and memorize them first then put them faced down to the table. Now every body antes or fold(give up this round), after finished this outside bet, continue to middle square and then bet again, in this case, you won’t get any hand cards again but 4 limited community cards, each card only shared by two players near by, and they all faced down(see the black square I drew in the first picture), in this turn, the cards dealt first and players bet later. Finally, before public the final universal community card, every body has the last chance to earn more wagers or blow up everything. When all the three squares are placed, all players get to the showdown and decide who laugh at last.
The Creator’s Words
This is a quite lousy work of designing a card game, and it still in the construct because I am lack of 3 other people to test it. Nevertheless I am enjoying about the creation processing, maybe it is still not perfect or even totally unpracticed, but hey, give me a break, this is my first work after all. In future, if I get extra free time, I would think of making it much more effective and fair, and play it with my friends to hone it.
I know create a new great card game is not a piece of cake now, for I spent two days to think through the counting and dealing part, and probably I would not try to do another one again, so I would rather to share a whole list of self made card games here for whom would interest.