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Z-Man Games No Thanks! Card Game

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  • Family card game with bidding, auction, and set collection
  • 55 chips, 33 cards, 1 rulebook
  • For 3-5 players
  • Takes about 20 minutes to play
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Product Description

Product Description

Good card games can be so simple: either take a card or pay a chip. Anyone can make that decision, right? However, there is a catch - in fact there are two. Nobody wants the cards, not even for free, because they give you points in a game where you need to have the fewest points to win. And the chips? They are scarce, very scarce.

Contains:
- 33 cards
- 55 chips

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Good card games can be so simple: either take a card or pay a chip. Anyone can make that decision, right? However, there's a catch - in fact there are two. Nobody wants the cards, not even for free, because they give you points in a game where you need to have the fewest points to win. And the chips? They are scarce, very scarce.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8 x 1 x 5 inches
Item Weight 4.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 4.2 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B000TQ4UU6
Item model number ZMG 4031
Manufacturer recommended age 8 - 12 years
Best Sellers Rank #58,924 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#875 in Toys & Games > Games > Card Games
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4.7 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews

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By Michael J. Anino on January 7, 2011
I got this with during my most recent Birthday Cash Spree. I'd played it once years ago and remembered it as a simple game of counting and taking chips, and that's exactly what it is.

This is not a heavy game, but the idea is very simple and quick to explain. I've been able to teach this to my Game Group and get a game in while other games were being set up.

The idea behind the game is that there are X number of cards in a stack(you remove 9 before the game starts to keep the game random)and every player has a small pile of chips in front of them. At the beginning of the game you turn over the top card from the stack and have to decide if you're going to take the card or pass. You don't want cards, cards are points, but you do want chips because chips are worth negative points. If you pass you have to put a chip on the card and say "No Thanks!" and it goes to the next player who has the same decision and it goes around until someone decides that the chips are worth the risk. The clever part of this game is what happens next: If you have two or more cards in consecutive order you get to count ONLY the lowest card at the end of the game, so if you have 19 and 21 you've got 40 points, but if you can pick up that 20 card your score suddenly drops to 19 points. If you don't have any chips you can't pass and have to take the card.

And that's the entire game, you go through the stack of cards until all have been played. It's simple(what other game can be explained in a single paragraph?) and it's fast. There isn't enough chance to really give anyone analysis paralysis and it's surprisingly fun for a game that is simply about putting chips on cards.

For the low price this is one of my favorite games.
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No Thanks!

Cards are numbered 3-35, you can take a card that is flipped up or pass by playing a chip. Any cards in a sequence you take score only the smallest in the sequence. Any chips you have deduct one from your score. When all cards are played the one with the lowest points wins.

Doesn't sound like much? Just wait till you play it! There will be trash talking, risk taking and sacrificing. This is a game almost anyone can get into.
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No Thanks: 3-5 Players, Ages 8+, Average Play Time = 15 Minutes

No Thanks has a deck of numbered cards (3-35) and chips. That's it. The object of the game is to have the least amount of points in your pile when the game ends.

So how does it work?

A certain amount of cards are removed from the shuffled deck and are placed out of the game. Each player is then given so many red chips, which serve as both a negative one point for end game scoring and for being able to pass on a card.

One player is chosen to start the game and draws a card from the deck.

This player can either:

1) Accept the card, placing it in front of them.

2) Pass, placing a red chip near the card.

If that player passes, the next player (clockwise) has the choice of taking the card and the red chip, or places their own red chip into the mix. Players continue passing until a player finally accepts the card, adding the chips that have accumulated on said card to their pile. Passing may happen frequently, especially if a large number card is drawn...which obviously no one would want.

Once a player has taken a card, the next player (clockwise) draws a new card and the above process repeats.

There is a twist however...if you manage to get two or more numbers that form a straight, you only count the lowest number in that straight to your final score. For example, if a player has a 12 card and accepts a 13 card, they'd still only score 12 points rather than 25. In the process, this hypothetical player may have gotten some free red chips out of the deal which he or she could later use for passing or end game scoring.

There is a bit of math involved, but I approve as it helps to keep the minds of the young ones sharp.
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We play this game at least once peer week at lunch hour. We play with up to 8 or 9 people even though the directions say to play with fiewer. We just use poker chips for the extra players.

The game is very easy to learn and takes a while to master. My favorite part about this game is how much interaction there is with other players. Your choices affect others and a big part of the game is predicting what other players will do and trying to guess how far you can "push it". There is a good mix of risk/reward, strategy and luck.
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No Thanks is small enough to fit in your pocket, it can be taught in 5 minutes amd played in as little as 15 minutes.
No Thanks is a game just about everyone will like a great deal from the first play. I sometimes will carry this game around with me if I think I may end up sitting around with a few people waiting on someone or something. It can make the wait a great deal of fun. This game is rated very high on the gaming sites as a "filler game". It is very popular and highly recognized among gamers.

You can't go wrong with this game.
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