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Das Grosse und Das kleine A
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Average Rating: 3 in 2 reviews
This may not be the most original game in the world, but our group enjoys it quite a bit. Play is similar to WoTC's The Great Dalmuti, without the initial card-trading and with the addition of the Big A and Little A cards. Taking the trick with one brings all the cards in that trick into your hand, and the other earns points for you. (The object is to have the low score after five rounds.)
Not complex, but has the benefit of accomodating up to nine players, which is why I gave it four stars instead of three. It works well with numbers over four; I've never played it with less.
So what do you get for your twelve bucks? A deck of 110 cards: 104 number cards (#s 1-13, 8 each), 4 jokers, a big 'A' card, and a little 'a' card. That's right, it's the equivalent of two standard Bicycle decks shuffled together, plus a couple of 'A's -- and the 'A's don't have to be cards, really, since they start each round face up on the table and their ownership is never in doubt.
Don't get me wrong -- this is a clever little trick-taking game, but since the rules are available online in several locations, there's no need to shell out money for a specialized deck. Just use ordinary playing cards, and a couple of tokens for the 'A's (I recommend a pair of funny hats -- you'll understand why once you've read the rules). As for the twelve bucks you save by not buying 'Das Grosse...', spend it on a different Wolfgang Kramer game, like Torres or El Grande.