Rickety Kate

Rickety Kate is suited, and cards are both ranked and valued.

Within a suit, cards are ranked from 2 (low) to Ace (high). Off-suit cards are always ranked lowest.

All Hearts have a value of 1 point, the Ace and King of Spades have a value of 10 points each, and the Queen of Spades has a value of 13 points. All other cards have a value of 0 points.

The goal is to win as few points as possible.

Dealing a Hand

Cards are dealt in turn until the number of cards left in the deck is less than or equal to the number of players. These remaining cards are placed face down in the middle of the table.

Each player passes two cards to the player on eir left. The receiving player has the right to refuse the Queen of Spades, in which case another card must be passed in its place.

The player to the left of the dealer starts with the first lead.

Playing a Round

The leader plays one card face up in the middle of the table. Play rotates to the left, with each player laying down one card from eir hand face up in the middle of the table. E must play a card from the same suit as the lead card, unless e does not hold any, in which case e must play an off-suit card.

The player who played the highest-ranked card wins the round. E collects all the cards from the middle of the table (including any face-down cards, which e is allowed to inspect) and adds them face down to eir winning pile. The winner of a round leads the next round.

Finishing a Hand

After all cards have been played, players add up the points in their winning piles. If one player has collected all 46 available points, e earns 0 points and everyone else gets 46 points each.

Multiple Hands

When playing multiple hands, the player to the left of the dealer becomes the dealer in the next hand. Points are accumulated over hands, and the players with the least points at the end of the session win.

Trickety Kate

Identical to Rickety Kate, except that the Jack of Diamonds has a value of negative ten points.

Rickety Craig

Identical to Rickety Kate (or any chosen variant thereof), except that all players who win the fewest points in a hand each win an extra ten points.