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Store:  Strategy Games, Card Games
Edition:  Tichu
Genre:  Trick-Taking
Format:  Card Games
Family:  Zheng Shangyou


German edition -- 2-deck set

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 3-10

Designer(s): Urs Hostettler

Publisher(s): Abacus, Fata Morgana

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Product Description

One of Germany's most popular partner card games has been reissued in this new edition by Abacus. Compares favorably to Mu & Mehr in terms of an excellent, moderate- complexity trick-taking game. More than one game, there are rules variations which allow for several different playing experiences, including a game very similar to The Great Dalmuti.

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.4 in 5 reviews

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Westernized Edition of Zheng Shangyou - Great Game
June 15, 2004

I am a fan of Contact Bridge and Skat. Westernized card players overlook the depth and skill of this game. The rules are confusing until it is played a few times. BELIEVE ME I'VE SEEN BRILLANT PLAYERS AND THEY WEREN'T JUST LUCKY. I recall as a chess snob remarking that backgammon was not really a game of much skill. After many losses and a much lighter wallet, I began to change my mind. If you are a card player who enjoys different games of skill, add this to your expertize.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Jabla
Excellent (granted you like the genre)
November 12, 2002

Dalmuti style, in depth, varying really a lot. Takes a little learning to get into the philosophy of the game, following the 'unwritten rules' and general strategy but it's sure all worth it when you get it. Maybe *the* card game when it comes to co-operative play. Bombs bring whole new aspect to game. I love it :)

Nice additions are that you can play Zheng Fen and very entertaining version of 'Someone's always the a**hole' -game. Latter being maybe one of most entertaining light but still interesting card games suitable for more than 5 people. We've played it as fixed 14 card (as in tichu) variant which seems to work really well.

If you like card games like hearts, bridge and variants or great dalmuti I can recommend this wholeheartedly.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Doug K
I Don't Get It
January 11, 2002

There's one in every crowd, and I'm that one. Everyone else seems to love it, so take this with a lot of grains of salt, but for my money Tichu has nothing to offer the trick-taking genre. Almost all information is hidden, so the idea of 'thinking your opponent has a run of 34567' is a shot in the dark based only on your own hand distribution. The luck factor is high (I play a bomb! Oops, my oponent had a bigger bomb) and the cooperation is minimal (there is almost no way to pass information to your partner). Perhaps I played the wrong variant, or I'm a bridge snob. Be forewarned, though. It IS possible to find someone who doesn't like this game.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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