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Tichu Board Game

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  • A very common game in China
  • Great for 4 players
  • Also suited for large groups
  • For ages 10 and up
  • Playing time is 30 minutes to and hour and a half
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Even though over 642 million Chinese play Tichu nearly every day, the game is very complicated for Europeans. One need only get rid of his cards. Tichu is primarily a partnership game for four. With 56 cards, Tichu is also well suited for large groups. Players: 3-10 Ages: 10 and up Playing Time: 30-90 minutes

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Product Dimensions 4.8 x 3.8 x 0.8 inches
Item Weight 5 ounces
Shipping Weight 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0002HY124
Item model number 8981
Manufacturer recommended age 10 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #211,591 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#5,567 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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This particular product is by Fata Morgana Spiele and produced by Rio Grande Games.

Box/Cards:

Tichu comes in a simple red box (the lid is the main "face" of the box). I would have preferred a different box design because this one makes it easy to accidentally spill all of the cards (probably a good idea to use some kind of string or rubber band to avoid this or else keep the cards in a different container entirely). There are 2 packs of 56 cards each (52 normal cards plus 4 special cards): one pack has a red backing, one pack has a brown (gold?) backing. The pattern on the back of the cards is a grid of white Chinese characters. The cards include all the normal ranks A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A as well as four special cards: the Mahjong, the Hound, the Phoenix, and the Dragon (explained below). Instead of the normal suits Tichu features: Jade (green), Swords (black), Pagodas (blue), and Stars (red). The face cards of each suit have unique graphics (which you can find images of elsewhere online if you're really curious). The instructions explain the rules for 3, 4, and 6 player versions of Tichu as well as a game called Grand Seigneur for 5-12 players. The writing is clear, has interesting tidbits, and is occasionally funny. I have only played the 4 player version and the other versions seem like they wouldn't work as well (especially Grand Seigneur which is not partner-based and seems extremely unbalanced but who knows).

Tichu Nanking (4 Players):

The game is a trick-based game played by two pairs of partners. Each player starts with 14 random cards and passes one card of their choosing to each of the other players. The object of the game is to be the first to play all your cards.
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My only qualm is that this product appears exactly the same as the original version I once owned - but that one contained two complete decks instead of one, and it had an English translation for the instructions...
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Yes the rules are a bit overwhelming at first. The special cards are a bit weird at first. When you go to teach this game, people may look at you like you are speaking Chinese. BUT, and this is a big but, once you play a few games, and once your friends and family get a few games under their belt and the rules become natural, and the purpose of the weird special cards make total sense, there's no going back. Everyone will be hooked, guaranteed. For those who don't mind a little thinking with their games, and want a perfect balance of skill and luck with awesome decision making/bidding/bluffing and you're a team player, give Tichu a shot. Awesome!
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If you like to trick-based card games and have three others to play with regularly, you will love Tichu! I recommend ordering at least two decks as it will make play faster (shuffle one deck while playing with the other) and you won't be so upset when your cards start to show wear from hours and hours of play.
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Defininitely a fun game, although it's hard to find people who aren't intimidated by the rules (which happens with most games, since people don't like to think for some reason). Once they actually start playing the game flows easily enough, even if people always mix up the dragon and the phoenix, and there's always confusion about when to play the dog. Good game overall, although it is a necessity to find a good playgroup
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