I encourage people to try various house rules (alternate rules) for Crazier Eights. Here are some ideas:
- Use teams. Two or more players can be on a team. If anyone wins or loses on the team, then the whole team wins or loses.
- Separate discard piles. In addition to having the main discard pile, each player can have their own discard pile, where they put their used events and destroyed assets.
- Keep playing. If someone runs out of cards, that player wins. But if more than two other people were still playing the game, then they can keep playing. Whoever wins next gets second place (or one point), and whoever wins after that would get third place (or two points), etc.
- Play one asset and discard one event. Instead of playing one card and discarding one card each turn, players can play one asset and discard another card. If the discarded card is an event, then it has whatever effect is stated on it.
- Discard only. Instead of playing a card and discarding a card every turn, players can just discard a card every turn and that card has an effect. That card must be the right color or rank. If no card is discarded, then the player draws a card. (This is actually the rules I used years ago, but I decided the new rules worked better.)
- Draft. Before the game begins, each player draws seven cards as usual, but then they take one card from them and passes the other cards to the left. Then they take one card from the six cards at were passed to them, and they continue this process until they have picked seven cards. Those are the cards each player starts the game with.
- Start the game with eight cards. Eight or more cards will likely make the game longer, but will reduce the luck factor. Fewer cards will likely speed the game up, but increase the amount that strategy matters.
Do you have any other ideas? Try them out and let us know how they worked out.
There will be a demo for Crazier Eights at Mythic Games on Tuesday October 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm. This is your chance to try the game out, meet the person who made the game, and get a free promo card.
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Crazier Eights will be mainly sold at specialty stores that sell tabletop games (rather than using online stores). Many of these stores have Magic: the Gathering events, war game events, and events for other collectible card games. If you want Crazier Eights to be at a local store, you can let me know what and where the store is (leaving a comment or the contact page). You can also show the owner the game. If you know the owner, you might want to introduce me to the owner.
If you have a store that you want Crazier Eights to be at, you can use the contact page.
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I will have more demos for Crazier Eights in the San Jose & Santa Cruz areas, which is your opportunity to meet me (the person who made Crazier Eights) and learn how to play the game. The following demos are currently scheduled:
- Legends (Capitola): Wednesday September 24, 2014 @5:00 pm
- Legends (Cupertino): Friday September 26, 2014 @6:00 pm
- Channel Fireball (Santa Clara/San Jose): Saturday September 27, 2014 @11:00 am
- Epic Adventure Games (Scotts Valley): Saturday October 4th, 2014 @2:00 pm
- Apokalypse Gaming (San Jose): Friday October 10th @6:00 pm
Those who come to a demo will get an Apocalypse promo card (while supplies last). Continue reading
The rules for Crazier Eights can be found here. The copies of the game made by the Game Crafter have a rules document folded up with each game (in addition to the rules card). The copies of the game manufactured by AdMagic come with a little rules book about the same size as a card. The PDF file that was used to make these rulebooks can be downloaded here.