Rapscallion: A unique poker game

Long cold winter days are perfect for gaming in the nice warm comfort of your house, surrounded by loved ones.  So this weekend we looked through some of the games that grace our shelves but that we haven’t had an opportunity to try out before.  That led us to pulling out “Rapscallion”.

Rapscallion is a poker style game with some very unique elements that make it one of a kind.  Now before you jump to what is your usual stand on poker games (such as, I typically feel that poker is no fun unless there is money or clothes involved), stop and listen to this unique description.

Rapscallion starts with each person receiving one playing card and five bidding cards.  The bidding cards are numbered cards from 1 to 30, plus two “Rapscallion” cards that act as trump cards.  Each player looks at their starting playing card and then decides which of their betting cards they would like to place to the side for a “side bet”.  The side bet will be resolved at the end of the hand and is worth 15 points.

Some of the playing cards in Rapscallion. Note that the suits are not the same. Instead of spades, clubs, hearts, and diamonds like in a normal deck of cards, we have bottles, daggers, coins, and broken hearts. This doesn't really impact the game at all, but instead just gives it a little more flavor.

Next count the number of players.  Flip up on the table one less card then you have players, and then add one face down card to the pool.  You’ll use your remaining betting cards to try to win the right to pick which card from this pool you would like first, and add to your hand.  Betting cards that are used are set aside.  Then you will repeat this process for a second playing card.

Once you have bought two playing cards in this fashion, it’s time to get a new betting card. Just like with the playing cards, one card fewer than players will be placed face up in the center of the table, and one card will be added face down.  Using your playing cards, each player bids on the right to pick up one of these bidding cards first. The playing card that you use in this way is removed from your hand and is discarded.  For this reason you want to make sure in the first two bidding rounds that you pick up a card that you don’t need for your hand, because you have to throw something away.

This process of bidding repeats several times, until you finally have eight cards in your hand.  Once this happens, it’s time to hope and pray that you made something decent. Create your best five card poker hand and place it face up on the table.  There is no need to keep this hidden now, because you are not trying to beat your opponents hand (not exactly persay), but rather you are trying to achieve your personal best.

Scoring might initially sound complicated, but it’s actually pretty simple.  Points are awarded on the basis of what kind of hand you made.  For instance, a Flush is worth 10 points.  There are hands that, in normal poker would be quite good, but in Rapscallion are worth nothing. Two pair is a good example of a hand that is worth zero points.  Now that you know what everyone made, the person to make the best hand gets an additional 20 points.  The person with the worst hand loses an additional 10 points.

After this, the games name sake comes into play.  Did you use your Rapscallions (trump cards)?  If you did, no worries.  But if you didn’t, score yourself an extra five points per Rapscallion you have left.  This can make even a mediocre hand play out pretty well, provided you made it without the use of your trump cards.

Lastly you evaluate the side bet.  Who tossed in the highest bidding card?  That player gets an extra 15 points, a rather high sum for such an easy one card bet.  Now tally the points.  Play continues until a player reaches 100 points.

I think this game really peaked my interest because it was less about what your opponents’ hands are, and more about what you are capable of achieving.  There is also no bluffing, which I tend to be quite bad at.  This is a game of careful maneuvering rather then lying through your teeth.

Does this game sound like fun?  Swing by the Game Paradise online store and buy your copy today!

This entry was posted by The_Null_Entry on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 10:04 am and is filed under Board Game Reviews, Luck and Betting Games . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

77 Comments

  1. lncxfs.com says:

    Hi there mates, good piece of writing and fastidious arguments
    commented at this place, I am in fact enjoying by
    these.

  2. I seriously love your site.. Great colors & theme.
    Did you build this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m looking to create my own personal site and would love to find out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named.
    Cheers!

  3. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you
    could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit,
    but other than that, this is excellent blog. A great read.
    I’ll definitely be back.

  4. It’s awesome to go to see this web page and reading the views
    of all colleagues about this post, while I am
    also zealous of getting knowledge.

  5. Hi are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to
    the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create
    my own. Do you need any html coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  6. Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick
    shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same
    subjects? Thank you so much!

  7. Excellent blog here! Also your web site loads up very fast!

    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link
    to your host? I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  8. I got this web page from my pal who shared with me about this web page and now this
    time I am visiting this website and reading very informative posts here.

  9. Shane says:

    Great beat ! I would like to apprentice at the same time as you amend
    your web site, how could i subscribe for a blog website?

    The account helped me a acceptable deal. I were tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered vibrant clear idea

  10. Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this
    website. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that “perfect balance” between usability and visual appeal.

    I must say you’ve done a excellent job with this.
    In addition, the blog loads super quick for me on Chrome.
    Superb Blog!

  11. podcast uses says:

    Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything.
    Nevertheless think of if you added some great graphics or videos to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this website could definitely be one of the
    greatest in its niche. Excellent blog!

  12. hydorgen car says:

    I like the valuable info you supply for your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and take a look at again right here
    frequently. I am somewhat sure I’ll learn a lot of new stuff proper here!
    Good luck for the next!

  13. Good answers in return of this matter with solid
    arguments and explaining the whole thing on the topic of
    that.

  14. Hi there mates, how is all, and what you would like to say about this post,
    in my view its genuinely amazing designed for me.

  15. This website was… how do you say it? Relevant!!
    Finally I have found something that helped me.
    Appreciate it!

  16. Keep on writing, great job!

  17. car remotes says:

    After looking into a handful of the blog articles on your website, I
    truly like your way of blogging. I added it to my bookmark website list
    and will be checking back in the near future. Please visit my web site
    too and let me know what you think.

  18. Undeniably believe that which you stated.
    Your favourite reason appeared to be on the web the simplest thing to consider of.
    I say to you, I definitely get irked while folks consider issues
    that they just do not realize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the
    top and also outlined out the whole thing
    with no need side effect , folks can take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  19. If you are going for finest contents like me, simply visit this
    site all the time as it gives quality contents, thanks

  20. Your mode of describing the whole thing in this article is truly pleasant, all can effortlessly know it, Thanks a lot.

  21. Jennifer says:

    Awesome article.

  22. Saved as a favorite, I love your web site!

  23. Howdy! This blog post could not be written any better!
    Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He constantly kept talking about this. I will forward this
    article to him. Pretty sure he’ll have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

  24. I visit every day a few websites and blogs to read content, except this web site gives quality based writing.

  25. Gena says:

    Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering
    which blog platform are you using for this website?
    I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at
    alternatives for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of
    a good platform.

  26. Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

  27. Tamika says:

    I have been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I
    never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me.
    Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet
    will be a lot more useful than ever before.

Leave a Reply

*