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Crazy Eights Countdown appears to show up first in “print” on a blog post in August of 2011 by what appears to be a school aged child who states she learned it from her sister. The facts surrounding the creation of the game are unknown, but does appear to be a variation of the game Crazy Eights. The game is gaining in popularity in North America.

Similar games that share the same rating and rooms: Last Card, One Card, Pesten, Macau London, Puskiyon, and Crazy Eights Zimbabwean.

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Objective:

Crazy Eights Countdown is a card shedding game for 2 to 4 players. The object of the game is to reach 0 points.

To Deal:

At the beginning of the game, the dealer is randomly selected and during the game, the deal continues around the table clockwise. Each player or team starts with 8 points.

Crazy Eights uses a standard 52 card deck and eight cards are randomly dealt to each player (a different amount of cards may be dealt for a different number of players). The remaining cards are placed face down on the table to form the draw from pile (DFP). The top card of the DFP is placed, face up, right next to the draw from pile, to start the discard pile (DP).

Game Play:

The player to the left of the dealer always plays first and the play proceeds clockwise until it is changed by the game:

  1. Any player, whose turn it is, may play a wild at any time, and the player of the wild must choose the suit desired. Each players wild card is the rank of the card that matches their score. Thus the wild card changes as the game goes forward and everyone may have a different wild card.
  2. A card which matches the value or suit of the card on top of the DP, is considered a good play (for example if the top card on the DP is the 10 of spades then a 10, any spade, or a wild card are all allowable plays).
  3. Each player either plays an allowable card face up on top of the discard pile, or draws a card from the DFP.
  4. A player my draw cards from the draw from pile. If a playable card is drawn on the first draw, the player has the option to play it or draw again. If no playable cards are drawn or the player chooses not to play they may pass.
  5. When a player discards their last card they lose 1 point, and are dealt new cards based on their new score, and play continues with the next player.
  6. However, if no player can discard their last card and there are no cards available in the DFP the play continues without drawing. A player who cannot or does not want to play a card simply passes.
  7. If all players pass, the game is considered blocked. Play stops and a new hand is dealt and each player gets the number of cards dealt to them based on their score.
  8. In order to play their last card a player must have no more than one card in their hand at the start of their turn.

Power Cards:

  • Wild cards can be played anytime. The player that plays the wild card dictates the suit required to be followed from that point on.
  • If a queen is played then the next player must skip a turn, or play another queen to counter.
  • Jacks cause the direction of play to reverse.
  • When a player plays a king then the next player is required to draw 2 cards or play another king. After drawling the cards, play resumes as normal for the current player.

Winning:

  • The game continues until 1 player reaches 0 points.

Variations:

2-Player 8-Points (Guests)

Multiple cards of the same rank can be played at one time, only 1-card can be drawn at a time and it can be played, skips cannot be countered, only other wild cards and cards of the same suit can be played on a wild card, the game starts at 8-points.

Play: Same Rank, Draw: 1-Card, Force Draw: Can-Play, Skip: No-Counter, Play on Wild: Wild Only, End: 8-Points 200020a00023010

4-Player 8-Points (Members)

Multiple cards can be played at the same time even if they are not the same rank, only 1-card can be drawn at a time and it can be played, skips can be countered, cards of the same rank can be played on wild cards even if they are not wild, the game starts at 8-points.

Play: Runs, Draw: 1-Card, Force Draw: Can-Play, Skip: Counter, Play on Wild: Same Rank, End: 8-Points 400010a00023100

4-Player 4-Points (Members)

Only 1 card can be played at one time, only 1-card can be drawn at a time and the turn ends, skips cannot be countered, only other wild cards and cards of the same suit can be played on a wild card, the game starts at 4-points.

Play: One-Card, Draw: 1-Card End Turn, Force Draw: Can-Play, Skip: No-Counter, Play on Wild: Wild Only, End: 4-Points 400000a03023011

4-Player-Teams 8-Points (Members)

Multiple cards of the same rank can be played at one time, up to 2 cards can be drawn and they can be played, skips cannot be countered, cards of the same rank can be played on wild cards even if they are not wild, players setting across from each other are on the same team, the game starts at 8-points.

Play: Same Rank, Draw: 2-Cards, Force Draw: Can-Play, Skip: No-Counter, Play on Wild: Same Rank, End: 8-Points a00020a01023000

Modified on 4/26/2017 from Wikipedia

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