Winston Draft

winston draft sm2The main idea of drafting a card game is to let everyone make their own deck using a shared pool of cards. The cards are chosen and divided by the players. Each player ends up having their own card pool using cards they chose. They can make their own deck of cards with cards from their own card pool.

Drafting is most popular with six to eight players, but it is also possible to have a two player draft using a Winston Draft, which was originally developed by Richard Garfield for Magic: the Gathering, as can be seen here. Continue reading

Crazier Eights Tournament Guidelines

Tournaments are events that rank players based on how many matches or “rounds” they win. A group of at least four players are needed. In general, each match can be 30 minutes for a single game (“best of one”), or 40 – 50 minutes for best two out of three.

Types of events

  • Random deck – Each player brings a deck or two. Players randomly determine who gets to use their deck(s). If two decks are used, they are mixed together. If your deck(s) are used, the player to your right is the first player for the first game.
  • Personal deck – Each player brings a deck or two. (If two decks are used, mix the cards together.) Each player uses their own deck (draw pile) and discard pile. Use your own discard pile exclusively. (An alternate option is that each discard must match the last card discarded.) Go here for more information about competitive deck construction.
  • Draft – Use a large pool of Crazier Eights decks mixed together. Randomly distribute 42 cards to each player and turn them into three piles of 14 cards. Players draft the cards, taking turns of picking one card from each pile, until all the cards are added to a unique player’s card pool. Use your pool of cards to make a thirty card deck, and every card in your deck must not have any cards unless they have one of two specific colors. For example, a red-blue deck must not have a green card unless it is also red or blue. Then use the “personal deck” rules. Go here for more information about draft events.

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