Do most old people have a favorite game they like to play over and over ad infinitum?? My mother did: Racko. She played with anyone and everyone who could be coerced. After she was gone, more than one of her grandchildren wanted Grandma’s set of Racko!
I have fallen upon my favorite game: 3 to 13. I claim it as my “old lady pastime.” Dear friends taught this game to my alien spouse and me about a dozen years ago. Alien spouse, who hates all games, likes this one. We played it together often — at home, on airplanes, even in the car (but that didn’t work very well), and we taught it to our family and friends. I introduced it to my 10 year old grandson more than a year ago. It now is a staple when we are together. Having him keep score reinforces his math skills. Again, a great airplane game. If we are caught waiting somewhere, he is upset if a deck of cards is not in my purse!
This summer we played with the couple who taught me the game. I never can beat them, especially Diane. But that night Kevin won, and I was second! Definitely a momentous occasion!
It is an extremely simple game, though I have encountered a few who could not catch onto it. It is totally luck. There is a little bit of skill but not much. Any seeming finesse is totally by chance. The person with the smallest score is the winner.
This site has the rules — http://boardgames.about.com/od/cardgames/a/Three-Thirteen.htm. These rules say you need two decks for 3 players. Not true. 3 players can use one deck, but 4 players do need two decks.
Why do I like it? It is a nearly mindless game. Although, if you aren’t paying attention, you may discard the current “free” card. The fun is in playing — whether you win or lose.
I hope you try it, and let me know what you think!!!