Best of Classic Card Games: A Rule and Play Reference for Your Favorite Games (Paperback)

Best of Classic Card Games: A Rule and Play Reference for Your Favorite Games By Ash Ryan, C. S. Kaiser Cover Image
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Discover all the best card games, all in one place!

Cards are perfect for having fun, passing the time, and engaging your brain—by yourself or with a group. But what if you can't remember the rules? Or can't decide what to play? This compendium breaks down 80 beloved card games, so it's easy to get game night going and keep the table running smoothly.

Make your next card game the best one yet with:
  • Something for everyone—Spend an evening with friends playing Canasta, play solo with Spider, or get the kids involved with Slapjack and Crazy Eights—just to name a few.
  • 2 ways to search—Look up games by name or by number of players (up to 8!) so you can check the rules while playing, or find a game that works for your group size.
  • Quick visual aids—Find a labeled illustration of the card arrangement for each game to help ensure successful play.

Get ready to shuffle up and deal like a pro with this essential book of card games.

About the Author

ASH RYAN is a lifelong card player and all-around gamer. He’s also a writer, podcast host, and video producer. In 2011, he left his corporate media-production job to raise his two daughters and write a sci-fi adventure novel. He’s now writing a better sci-fi adventure novel.

C.S. KAISER is a skilled player and manipulator of cards in addition to being a writer and game development consultant. After spending most of his life struggling to communicate, he now makes a career out of speaking and writing for video games, podcasts, and his own expansive fantasy book series.

Praise For…

"Starting from first principles, this book provides concise rules for 80 card games that can be played with standard decks of cards. The choice of games described is quite unusual. Along with a selection of well-known classic games, the authors include some relatively new games, some lesser-known local games from various parts of the world, and some almost forgotten historical games. At the end is a useful index organized by number of players and difficulty." —John McLeod, owner and editor of

"In a modern world where we are oversaturated with entertainment, this book takes things back to basics, showing us how to maximize our fun with the standard 52-card deck. This book provides you with a non-expensive way to entertain your friends and family for hundreds of hours. What can be better than that? Welcome to your new obsession!" —Max Derrat
Product Details
ISBN: 9781638786528
ISBN-10: 1638786526
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: April 19th, 2022
Pages: 248
Language: English