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The Great Dalmuti

4.9 out of 5 stars 238 customer reviews

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  • 80-card commercial deck contains cards ranked from 12 to 1, along with two jokers
  • Each card bears a number, which is not only its rank, but also tells you how many of that card exists in the deck
  • A light card game where players gain status by going out first
  • Seat positions change and the cards are re-dealt
  • Person who first got rid of all his cards becomes The Great Dalmuti
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A light card game where players gain status by going out first. The 80-card commercial deck contains cards ranked from 12 to 1, along with two Jesters. Each card bears a number, which is not only its rank, but also tells you how many of that card exist in the deck. In other words, there are twelve 12s, eleven 11s, four 4s and a single card ranked 1. The lower the number, the better the rank. The deck is dealt out to all players and the object is to get rid of your cards as fast as possible. The hand begins with one person playing one or more card to the center of the table. The cards played must all be of the same rank (although Jesters are wild, and may be played with any other cards). Each player in turn must now either play the same number of cards of a better rank, or pass. Play continues around the table until everyone has passed; at that point, the cards are cleared and whoever played the last set of cards leads the next round. After everyone has gone out, the players are ranked. For example, the person who first got rid of all his cards becomes The Great Dalmuti. Players change seat position to represent the new hierarchy and begin another round. The Great Dalmuti is generally played for many rounds.

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Product Dimensions 5 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches
Item Weight 4.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000BZB56W
Item model number 936851
Manufacturer recommended age 8 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #6,167 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#158 in Toys & Games > Games > Card Games
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My friends and I have been playing this games for years. The rules are simple, the play is quick, and the perks and penalties add to the fun. Our Great Dalmuti has a tall top hat to wear and a leather armchair to sit on. The Greater Peon has a pathetic floppy cap and a hard stool. We have been playing with the German version, since that was the only one I could find back then. I'm glad the English version is back in print.
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This game is SO fun!!! I played it a whole lot back when it first came out about 10 years ago. Wore out the cards! It's best with 5 to 8 people, so it's not one that you'll just be playing with your sweetheart, but it's absolutely a BLAST when you have 5 or more. It's simple - VERY simple. Luck is required but a little (LITTLE!) bit of strategy comes into it too. The rounds are over very quickly - probably about 5 minute rounds, and the seating order changes each round based on who goes out first. Go out first and you're the "Great Dalmuti" the next round. Take your choice of the best chair, make everybody pay you tribute! Especially "The Great Peon!" (Last person to go out last round). We would always play up the role of higher and lower classes, peons not allowed to talk directly to dalmuti's, etc. (It's more fun that way) Awesome party game or a great family game if you have enough people.
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This game has been a favorite of ours for game parties for quite a while.

"The Great Dalmuti" is based on medieval class structure, which was, of course, not equitable at all. In those days there were royalty, merchants, and peasants. Similarly, in this game there is the royalty, referred to as the "Greater Dalmuti" and the "Lesser Dalmuti." There are also players representing merchants, and one player designated as the "Lesser Peon" and one designated as the "Greater Peon", i.e., the peasants.

As you might guess, being one of the royalty is great - you get to collect taxes from the peons, but being a peon stinks - you have to pay taxes to the royalty. Being a merchant is OK, but you don't get in on the whole tax collecting scene, though, at the same time you don't have to pay any taxes either.

All right, here's how the game works. This is a card game that we have played with as many as 10 people at a time, though it seems to work best with between 5 and 8 players, as indicated in the rules.

The card deck includes one-1, two-2s, three-3s, and so on up to twelve-12s. The 12s are the weakest cards in the deck, and the one is the most powerful. There are also two jester cards. These cards, if played by themselves, are weaker than a twelve, but when played with another card a jester card takes on the value of any card it is played with.

Play proceeds as follows:
1) When you get ready to play the first round the players need to be seated. This is done as each player draws a card from the deck. The player drawing the lowest numbered (and thus the most powerful card) become the Greater Dalmuti, and so on, so that the player drawing the weakest card becomes the Greater Peon.
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Great Dalmuti is a great, great card game for people of all ages. It is an "empty your hand" styled game similar to UNO, but focused more on the sequence of your turns and your subsequent rounds of play determined by the order you empty your hands. It's a great party game and not overly complex in the slightest. For those of you who are collectors, this is different than the Wizards of the Coast version which are a longer resembling Tarot cards where as these are more like a standard deck of cards. These make great stocking stuffers or little pack-ins for gifts. This is a no-brainer and we keep a copy in each of our family residences for icebreakers and distractions.
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My wife has been looking for this game forever. After going to several cities looking for it, I finally decided to look online. This was the first product I found and the price was fair so I ordered it. It was extremely fast shipping and great quality sturdy cards. We have played it a few times now and has been a blast. It's unlike any card game you are likely to have played before. Definitely recommended for anyone who loves laughing, family games and fun!
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This is a great game that my friends and family love. Basically this is a more fancy version of a game commonly played with regular playing cards so that there is one card of the highest number and then two 'two' cards and three 'three' cards...and so on down the line up to twelve. Each card is a medieval character. The 'one' is the crown of the Great Dalmuti.

You sit in order of your ranking so the highest rank is the Great Dalmuti and the lowest is the 'muckracker.'

Cards are dealt out evenly among all players. You play your cards in order around the table and you can beat others by playing a higher card. Cards can be played in sets of the same kind--i.e. three 'three' cards. You cannot play different cards at the same time. Play continues until everyone passes or the Great Dalmuti card is played. At the next game you are reseated in the order that you played out your hand--i.e. if you played out your hand first you are the new Great Dalmuti, etc. down through all players with the last player being the lowest ranking player next time.

It is a fun game and we always get a good laugh at it every time we play. It is fairly easy for children to learn. You can spice it up by acting like the rank you represent or talking with an accent or wearing a funny hat.

I recommend this game!
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