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One would dearly love to send these tiny troublesome spirits the neck of a dear neighbor. The "mosquitoes" are the highest cards of their color, but at the end they count as negative points.
A quick, diverting card game with an interesting trump mechanism.
- 66 cards
A quirky trick-taking game whose best feature is the scoring system and which makes a good opener to a session. There are four suits (colours) and each is numbered 1-11 together with two number 12's. There are also 3 Mosquito cards of each colour. Finally, there are 2 double-sided cards on which are depicted graphics representing the 4 colours. These are used to indicate the Trump Colour in force at any time during play.
The number of rounds played is equal to the number of participants. The cards (excluding the Trump Colour cards) are shuffled and an appropriate number dealt to each player. This will result in most of the cards being in play. If less than 6 are playing, each player discards 2 cards before the trick taking begins.
In the final scoring each numbered card counts as Plus 1 point and each Mosquito card counts as Minus 5 points (unless you have more than one of the same colour and then subsequent ones count zero). So when you are playing to a trick, you are trying to win those with numbered cards but without mosquitoes.
Players must follow suit if they can. The cards are ranked 1-12, then mosquito. A second 12 outranks a previous one, a second or third mosquito 'stings' a previous one and outranks it. If unable to follow, you may discard another card or play a mosquito card of a different colour, thereby 'dumping' minus 5 points on the trick winner! Tricks won are placed face down on the table and cannot be looked at until the end of the round.
Each time a mosquito card is laid the player decides which Trump Colour is to be in force, even mid-trick! This colour stays as Trumps until a subsequent mosquito is played.
Now to the neat twist in the scoring system which I mentioned earlier. Once the hand has been played out:
- The player with the fewest tricks nominates a colour for which all plus cards will be doubled (not mosquitoes).
- The player with the most tricks will nominate a colour which will not score this round (not mosquitoes).
Players now total their cards as appropriate, subtracting any minus points for mosquitoes and the results are noted on the score sheet. (NB: Scores can be negative!). The player with the most points after the requisite number of rounds is the winner.
A brief description, but enough, I hope, to give you the flavour of the game. It's quite possible to have a nice long suit in say Greens and collect a few plus points and then find that some rotten sod dumps a mosquito on you. You may have managed to acquire say 8 or 9 number cards in Green with no mosquitoes and then the player who selects which colour is not scored nominates Green!
Maybe not quite in the class of Hattrick, David & Goliath etc but still a good effort in my opinion.