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Bierkopf / Schafkopf
Posted by Jason on 2017-11-30 01:05:22
In case anyone is interested and not yet familiar with this Franconian card game often seen (and heard) in pubs across the region, here is a 'brief' description of the rules: 

Firstly, Bierkopf, a simple version of the game.
There are 4 suits (in hierachical order):
1.     Eichel
2.     Blatt
3.     Herz
4.     Schelle

There are 8 varients:

Ass (ace) (11 points)
10 (10 points)
Konig (4 points)
Ober (3 points)
Unter (2 points)
9 (0 points)
8 (0 points)
7 (0 points)

There are 3 Trumpfer (trumps - in hierachical order)
Ober
Unter
Herz

The object of the game is to score the most points by winning each hand. It's very tactical and you have to watch which cards have been played to thendecide when to play your best cards. You start with 6 cards and each plays a card per round. You have to play the suit that the first player plays. If you do not have that card you can play any card. If the first card is a Trump then you have to play a trump (but any trump is fine). So if someone plays Ober Eicher then they will win the round, so better to play your weakest trump/card to avoid giving them points. 

That's it in a nutshell. Often you will play with another player (there are always 4) and then you have to help each other against the other two. Again this is where knowing what cards have been played is important. Schafkopf is the same in terms of the cards and rules except that there are mini games you can play where you either team up with other players or go solo. But i haven't mastered these yet. 
 
Followups:
   Bierkopf / Schafkopf by Barry on  2017-11-30 02:46:40
     Bierkopf / Schafkopf by Jason on  2017-11-30 08:33:13
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