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David & Goliath


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  • Spiel des Jahres, Nominee - 1998
  • Games Magazine GAMES 100, Family Card Games Honoree - 2000
  • Ages 10 and up; 3-6 players; 20 minutes
  • 90 Playing Cards, Instructions
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 1.5 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007D2T86
  • Item model number: 697049
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,632 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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It's the game where size doesn't matter! Who will win the battle of strength and wits? Goliath cards are stronger and can capture more cards. But, by cleverly playing the David card, you can take the highest card in the trick. Cards come in 5 colors, and each card is worth its face value for up to two cards per color. But, if you have more than two per color, each is only worth one point. Capture cards to increase your score, and at the end of the game, players get points for cards in each color. The player with the most points, wins. It's the Large vs. the Small in this fun family card game, where a clever balance of the two will help you win the battle! Game comes with 90 playing cards and game instructions. Designed by Reinhard Staupe. For 3-6 Players, Ages 10 and Up.

From the Manufacturer

David & Goliath is a trick-taking game with a twist! Who will win this battle of strength and wits? "Goliath" (highest) cards are stronger and can capture more cards, but by cleverly playing the "David" (lowest) card, it allows you to take the highest card in the trick. Capture cards and increase your score, but more is not always merrier! The twist in David & Goliath is that each card is worth its face value, up to two cards per color. If you have more than two per color, each is now worth only one point! It's the large vs. the Small in this fun family game, where a clever balance of the two will help you win the battle! The game is designed by Reinhard Staupe and is for 2 to 5 players and takes about 20 minutes to play. Contents include 90 Playing Cards and Instructions in English, Spanish, French & German.

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By Brendan Flood on October 14, 2009
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I bought a copy of this game after seeing it recommended by several game websites ([...] being my favorite). At first glance this game seems pretty easy, almost like a version of Uno. Cards come in different suits (colors) and range in number from 1 to 18 depending on how many people are playing. You follow suit that was played and try to win cards to increase your score. The player of the highest card gets all cards except the highest one he or she played. The player of the lowest numbered card wins the highest card. At the end of the game, if you have 1 or 2 cards of a color, you get face value of the cards. If you have 3+ of a color, you simply get the number of cards you have of that color. This means winning tricks isn't always the best way to win and in fact lower numbered cards (Davids) can beat high cards (Goliaths).

We have had a lot of fun trying out this game, especially with the twist in how you think about card games. A definite buy, especially because I believe the game may be out of print as I write this.
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On the surface, David and Goliath looks like a fairly standard trick-taking card game. There are 5 suits and you must follow suit if you can. Points are generally face value. But the turn-around is that when you win a trick, you get all of the cards EXCEPT the card you won with--the card with the highest point value. That card is given to the player who played the lowest card that round. All cards won must be displayed on the table. At the end of the game, there's a scoring twist, in that you score the face value of the card ONLY when you have won one or two cards in that suit. If you have won more than two cards per suit, each card is worth only one point. That means in the final rounds, strategy can involve letting someone else win a trick that puts her over the two-card limit per suit and deprives her of points. David and Goliath is different, and fun, and plays quickly.
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David and Goliath is a trick taking game for 3-6 players. The rules are easy to learn but mastering the strategy of how to lead your cards, what to dump, when to take the trick and when to duck takes practice. The scoring mechanism is different enough to make the game interesting and set it apart from other popular trick taking games like spades, hearts and bridge but unlike those other games, David and Goliath scales well to a variety of group sizes and seem to play equally as well in each. While there is skill involved in the game (and serious trick taking card players will have a decided advantage), the game does not rely on a complicated bidding system (like hearts, bridge and spades) that can scare away new players or ruin the fun for the person who has the "newbie" on their team. For this reason I would always choose this game to teach a newcomer to trick taking games over any other game in the trick taking genre. If you like trick taking games, pick this one up while copies are still available and you won't regret it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Ahuja on August 26, 2008
we already have our card set - this was a gift - very highly recommended
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