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A Field Guide to Sheepshead Paperback – July, 2001
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"By far the most complete guide to the game I have come across" -- Ken Kurtz, co-founder of Sheepshead.org
About the Author
Erica Rosch, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, was introduced to the game of Sheepshead in 1988 and has been learning, playing and teaching it ever since. Of Norwegian, African-American and Native American descent, Rosch did not experience the game as part of her culture growing up. But she became hooked on Sheepshead after marrying into a family whose roots are in the Fox River Valley with Austrian ancestry. Erica and her husband, John, teach Sheepshead mini-courses to university students.
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Erica Rosch, a Sheepshead fan for ten years, has written an excellent guide to the game. The book explains the rules and standard conventions of the game in a clear and entertaining way. The standard five-player game gets the most attention, but the book also describes the original four-player Schafkopf (both German and US variations) and Sheepshead for 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 players.
What's even better, the book is not just about the rules. There's plenty of useful strategy, too! For an experienced player, the parts about tournaments and getting a Sheepshead game night going are definitely helpful. A book centered on one game will have limited appeal (especially if the game is not Poker or Bridge), but any true card game aficionados should read this book, particularly if they aren't yet familiar with Sheepshead or Schafkopf.