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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a decent filler game. Don't expect too much out of it as a strategy game, but then again that's not really what it's billed to be.Published 9 days ago by B. Cook
Fast quick game. Great for ages 10+. We typically take 10-15 minutes to play a hand and are having lots of fun with it!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I like the game as something quick and simple. Definitely a game for those who like really simple easy to pick up games. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Simple and very fun game! Easily portable, quick to learn, and fun to play. Even a great economics lesson built right in...teach those kids!Published 5 months ago by Daniel