Continuing with my project to create a list of great games you can play for free, this post features a game of pure strategy, or ‘GOPS’ for short. I read about this game whilst on the train and what I liked about it is that all players have exactly the same starting position and information as each other. The name is therefore very befitting and the loosing players can’t blame bad luck.
Number of players: 2 – 3
Playing time: 10 minutes
You will need:
- A standard deck of playing cards
After removing jokers from the pack, split the cards into the 4 suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades). Shuffle the diamonds and place them face down in the middle of the table. Give each player the cards of one of the other suits each. If there are just two players, leave the cards from one of the suits out the game.
Cards are valued depending on their number. Aces are worth 1, twos are worth 2 ect. The Jacks, Queens and Kings are worth 11, 12 and 13 respectively.
A game consists of thirteen rounds. For each round, the top card in the face-down pile of diamonds is turned face-up. All players bid for the card by choosing one of their cards and laying it face-down on the table. At the same time, all cards played are turned face-up. the person who played the card with the highest value wins the diamond. All cards played by the players are removed from the game.
– If all players bid the same value card (for example, all bid a 5), that diamond will be won by the winner of the next diamond. If that was the last card being bid for, it will be won by nobody.
– If, in a three player game, two of the players bid the same valued card, the diamond is won by the third player.
Play continues in this manner until all thirteen diamond cards have been won. Each player then adds together the value of all the diamonds they have won. The winner is the player with the highest total.