Friday, May 26, 2006
Fijians and playing cards
Skip-Bo Card Game
Fiji people are enthusiastic card players but I am not and always excuse myself to do something else. Anyway, that has changed! We discovered Skip-Bo!
Peceli and I had never played this card game before, though members of our family like playing 500 and games like that. We were introduced to Skip-Bo by two Tongan ladies who invited us to visit them at the Mecure hotel as they were leaving Geelong the day after. They had been to our city for a church conference and stayed on to explore our part of the world. I had met them when I joined a music elective at the conference.
Out of a 162-card deck, two to six players are each dealt 20-card "stockpiles"; the first one to deplete their pile wins. Numbers 1 to 12 but no Jacks, Queens, Kings. Players draw from a central pile and stack their cards sequentially onto one of four "build" piles (for example, an eight onto a seven, a three onto a two), using plentiful Skip-Bo wild cards to break up static situations.
I won four out of four games! I hadn’t played any sort of card game for at least ten years so I was rather proud. Then they gave me their pack of cards as the winner! It looks like a good game for families because even six year olds could join in. Like our grandsons in Suva!