I grew up playing card games with my family. Now, my son plays games like Take Your Neighbor to the Dump and Rage, building lasting memories with family members filled with laughter and outrageousness!
Take Your Neighbor to the Dump
Take Your Neighbor To the Dump is a simple card game with one goal in mind-not to be the lowest card! Everyone starts out with 4 chips in front of them. Everyone is dealt one card face down and the person to the left of the dealer starts.
You keep your card or trade with your neighbor to your left. Remember, your goal is not to be the lowest card (Aces are low). If a player initiates a trade with you then you have to trade with them. Play continues to the dealer who may trade with the deck. After everyone has the option to trade, all players reveal their cards. The player with the lowest card throws a coin in the pot and the deal passes to the next player. You play until all of the chips are gone and one player has won!
Kings are the highest card. When you have a King, flip it face up, because no one can trade with you. Aces are the lowest card and should be put in the middle when they are played. After three aces are played the deck is shuffled and the hands continue.
Rage: The Card Game
Rage is played with a special deck of cards (found on eBay and Amazon for less than $15). Everyone is dealt 10 cards. One color card is turned over and this card becomes “trump.” Players take turns (in order) saying how many “tricks” they believe they can collect, based on how high your numbers are and if you have any of the trump suit. In Rage, you must collect the exact number of tricks you say, no more and no less. Play begins with the player to the dealer’s left. Whoever wins the first trick becomes the new player to lead and the game continues until all the cards are played.
There are five “special” cards: Joker, Bonus five points, Minus five points, Change Rage, and Out Rage. Change Rage changes the trump color and Out Rage removes the trump. Without trump the highest card wins. Trump may be changed three or four times during a round and can come back even after it’s been outed.
After the round players count up their tricks. Players get points for tricks and correctly guessing their bid. Players lose points for incorrectly guessing their bid. Also remember to tally any bonuses or minuses that any players won. The deal passes to the player on the left and the next round begins. However, this round you only deal 9 cards. The game progresses down until the last round with only 1 card dealt.
My family plays Take Your Neighbor to the Dump whenever we get a large crowd together. It always seems to be a holiday favorite. Rage is an aggravatingly fun game to play to pass time. We spent our time in the hospital awaiting the birth of my brother’s first child playing Rage (his father-in-law smoked us although his mother-in-law was slightly distracted). Some people might think it crazy to see a group of adults and children screaming and slamming down cards in the middle of a hospital waiting room, but for my family, we couldn’t think of a better way to bring a new family member into the world.