Crazier Eights uses terminology that should be understood in a certain way. This glossary defines the terminology that is used.
ally – A player who is part of your team. If you or an allied player wins, then you both win. If either of you loses the game, you both lose the game.
card back – The back of the cards are all the same and no information about the card is provided on the back of the card.
color – There are four different colors of cards: yellow, red, blue, and green. Each color of card also has a different suit shown on the upper right-hand side of the card.
control – A card that is in play on the table is controlled by the player who played it unless another player gains control of it. Whoever controls a card does whatever is stated on it, but some cards have the same effect on all players.
deck – All the event and permanent cards you want to use while playing the game—a stockpile of cards. The rules cards are not put into the deck. The regular versions of Crazier Eights has fifty two unique cards in the deck (with four colors and thirteen different card ranks eich). Two of each card can be used in a single deck, which would be enough cards for up to six people to play the game.
destroy – Cards that are in play on the table can be destroyed. Cards that are destroyed are put on the bottom of the discard pile.
discarding cards – If you discard a card, put it on top of the discard pile face up. You can only discard a card if it is an eight, has the same color as the top card of the discard pile, or has the same rank as the top card of the discard pile.
discard pile – The area that discarded cards are put. If you discard a card, it becomes the top card of the discard pile. Cards that are destroyed and events that are played are put on the bottom of the discard pile.
draw cards – If you draw a card, take a card from the top of the draw pile (the deck), and put it into your hand.
draw pile – After the game begins, the deck becomes the draw pile. This is the pile of cards you use when drawing cards.
event card – Cards that have a temporary effect on the game. If you play an event card, you reveal it and the card has the stated effect on the game before being put on the bottom of the discard pile.
exchange – To switch who has cards. If you switch control of one card you control for one card controlled by an opponent, then you gain control of the other player’s card that is in play on the table and that player gains control of a card you control that is in play on the table. If you exchange cards in hand, then you put the other player’s card into your hand, and the other player puts your card into his or her hand.
face up – Cards with the front side showing. Players can look at cards that are face up to see what they do. Cards that are in play on the table or in the discard pile are face up.
face down – Cards with the back side showing. Players can’t see what face down cards do because the back side of cards don’t tell you what the card does. Cards that are in the draw pile are face down.
front – The front of the cards tell you what the cards are and what they do. The front side is the side that has unique information.
gain control – To become the controller of a card. Only one player can control a card that is in play on the table. If you gain control of a card controlled by another player, then that other player no longer controls the card and you control the card instead. If you gain control of a card, you move the card onto your area of the table in front of you.
game – What you are doing when you are playing Crazier Eights. The game is over after a winner is declared.
in hand – The place to put cards that are drawn. The cards that you draw are put into your hand. You can look at the front side of cards that are in your hand to know what they are, and you can keep the front of the cards hidden from other players, so they don’t know what cards are in your hand.
in play – An area in front of each player on the table. Permanent cards are put into play on the table in front of you when you play them. You control the cards that you play in this way and permanent cards do whatever is stated on them while they are in play. Cards in the draw pile, in the discard pile, and in a player’s hand are not in play.
look at – If you can look at a card, you can see the front of the card to know what it does. If you can look at the front side of a card that is face-down, then no other players can look at the front of the card to see what it does.
lose abilities – Cards that lose abilities no longer have any effect on the game. Cards that are in play on the table that lose abilities stay on the table, but they don’t do anything.
lose the game – When a player loses the game, that player no longer plays the game and cards that player controls and has in hand are shuffled into the draw pile. If all players lose the game except one player, the last player left is the winner. If two or more players lose the game at the same time and they were the only players who were still playing the game, those players tie and there is no winner.
match – A group of games. Players can play multiple games, and the first player who wins a certain number of games wins the match. (Usually the first player to win two out of three games wins the match.) Sometimes there is a time limit and whoever won the most games before a certain number of minutes is the winner. If both players won the same number of games at that point, then the match would be a tie.
on the table – See “in play.”
opponent – A player who is competing against you while playing the game. A players who is allied with you is not your opponent.
permanent card – A card that is put into play on the table when it is played. It does whatever is stated on it while it is in play.
play a card – To use a card from hand for an effect or to be put into play on the table. Permanent cards that are played are put into play on the table, and event cards that are played have an effect immediately and are then put on the bottom of the discard pile. You can play a card from your hand regardless of color or rank.
player – A person who is playing the game.
rank – The number or letter found on the upper right-hand side of each card. There are thirteen ranks: A (ace), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J (jack), Q (queen), and K (king).
reveal – If a card is revealed, it is turned face up. Players can then look at the front of the card to know what it does.
suit – The symbol found on the upper right-hand side of the card. Each of the four colors has a different suit: yellow (sun), red (moon), blue (eye), and ankh (green).
tie – When more than one player lose the game at the same time and no other players were playing the game at that time, then all the players who lost at the same time tie as the game’s highest ranked players. When two or more players win an equal number of games in a match (and no other player won more games in the match), then the match is tied.
win – The winner of the game defeated all her opponents. The game is over once a winner is declared. To win is considered to be a good thing. The winner did better than the other players. The winner of a match is the person who won the most games in the match.