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Pit
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2006
I bought this set with memories of family games around the dinner table dancing through my head. My best buddy Chris and his family had this card game when we were kids, and we played it a lot. It is great fun.

However, one of the things I remember most were the nicely designed cards, in suits depicting each commodity. In the old days the suits were Rice, Corn, Wheat, Flax, Barley, etc. When I opened the package I received from Amazon, I found "new and improved" cards with new commodities and new graphic design. The Commodities are now Cocoa, Platinum, Gold, Cattle, Oil, Rice, Silver, and Gas. In my opinion, these "improved" commodities are far inferior to the classics. The worst offense however is the graphic design. It's quite awful. The game will of course play the same, but I have to say I am quite disappointed with the cards themselves.

Amazon's photo depicts the classic commodities, albeit with different (crappier) design, but at least that's something. If you decide to order this fun game, be sure to specify that you don't want the "new suits," request the old ones instead.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2010
The best part of this game is that it takes 1 minute to explain and 3-8 people can play with no teams needed. Participants can easily come in and out of the game without messing it up for everyone. It is the ideal party game or family game night game when you want something loud and silly and easy without learning a whole new complex system.

I remembered playing this game when I was a child with my family and bought for my children who began playing successfully at age 8. It is most fun with at least 4 people. It is a hoot with 8, but bring out the aspirin as it will get loud. There aren't too many games that adults, teens and children can play together without being too simple or complex for some. This transcends all age groups and keeps everyone entertained. I can't say enough good about it and think it should be a staple in everyone's game closet.

The deck of cards has 8 sets of commodities, 9 cards for each (like suits). You will shuffle the deck with a commodity for each player (4 players, 4 commodities...) reserving the rest and deal out all the cards, giving everyone a mixed hand. The simple goal is to be the first person to trade your cards to end up with a hand of just one type of commodity. To trade, you call out what you want and trade with other players. Since different commodities have different point values, you keep score based on the value of commodity that you acquired, beginning a new round after each successful "win". You can set whatever point value you want to make the game last as long as you want.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2010
We owned the older version of this game--the one with the corn, barley, oats, etch--so we were a little disappointed to see they changed it to silver, gold, etc. At least they include cocoa in the commodities. :-) Anyway, it's still just as fun as ever. Our family has such a rollicking time playing it that I think we scared the neighbors. Fun for everyone without any fuss, just a deck of cards.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2010
Lots of fun. If you like loud crazy games this is it. Make sure you don't have any small kids or toddlers around. We made that mistake and it freaked them out because of how loud we got playing the game. You might get horse the next day. Kids and adults will like it. Good game for Thanksgiving or family reunions. Buy it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2012
Pit is modeled after the pits at the stock exchange. You start out with 7 cards. There are different commodities (ie. wheat, cocoa, gold) printed on the cards and the object of the game is to have all the cards of one commodity in your hand. You accomplish this by trading cards with the other players; however, you can only offer cards that are the same commodity and you only yell out the number of cards you want to get rid of, not what item you're trading. Once you find someone else who's yelling out the same number that you are, you can trade. So, it may start out polite and quiet, but pretty soon people are yelling out "Two! TWO!", trying to be heard over every one else. So things get loud and crazy!
I've played Pit at tons of get-togethers, including family game night, holiday parties, and dinner parties. It actually makes a great ice breaker, because it's so insane! Plus, I've never met a person who didn't like it! Would recommend for anyone, even people who aren't big fans of card or board games.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2006
I loved playing this game when I was a kid. I turned my own kids on to it (the 8 and 11 yr. old, 6 yr old too young) along with neices and nephews. It's noisy and the kids have a great time. If your kids like to play spoons, they will like Pit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2012
This is a great family game. Really loud but the kids love playing it. Everyone would enjoys playing it together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2009
I went to a new years party and they wanted to play this card game..I was reluctant b/c frankly it looks boring...I was wrong.. What a great game to play with a group!! I hate drawing games, trivia games..etc..this was perfect...doesn't make you feel stupid or a bad artist...everyone really is on the same level...LOVED it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
simple...easy.. I've always liked playing wall street type games and this is sort of a wall street type simulation. Just trading cards in a open market outcry type of wannabe system haha..

Anyway simple..kids pick it up right away, and young and old can enjoy. Fun game..good product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2010
The game is loads of fun for all ages. When there are more than 4 people playing the game gets crazy fun. Even the guys would enjoy this game. Great for game nights with your friends & families. Its a must have.
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