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Diamonds

| Published: 2014
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Diamonds is a trick-taking card game in which players collect Diamonds — not cards bearing that suit, mind you, but rather actual "Diamond Crystals" (acrylic crystals) included in the game.

What makes the game of Diamonds different from other trick-taking card games is that when you cannot follow suit you get a "Suit Action" based on what suit you do play. Suit Actions are also taken by the winner of each trick, as well as at the end of a full Round of play.

Suit Actions will enable players to take Diamond Crystals from the Supply, moving them to their Showroom (where they may score 1 point) or to their Vault (where they will score 2 points). The Vault is a secure area, but the Showroom is vulnerable to theft by the other players. Whoever has the most points in Diamond Crystals at the end of the game wins!

Diamonds features great components, great gameplay, and stunning Art Deco stying with metallic gold and silver inks.

Diamonds is designed by the master of card games, Mike Fitzgerald. We are proud to make Mike's game the first in the new "Pocket Line" for Stronghold Games.

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“new trick taking game that has a nice twist”

This is a simple trick taking game with a neat little twist. You use a deck of cards with the standard four suits(diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs, but with the cards numbered 1-15 and no face cards. Each player gets 3 gems to start the game with The gems are placed in front of a screen each player has. The dealer deals 10 cards to each player. If you have less than 6 players in the game the extra cards are set aside. The dealer then chooses that all players will pass 1-3 cards from their hand to the player on their left. The pass is always to the left and the dealer must choose to pass at least 1 card. After the pass is completed the player to the left starts the first trick. Players must follow suit if possible. There are no trumps in this game. Each suit has a power so when you win a trick you get the bonus power of that suit. Diamonds-take a gem from the general supply and place it behind your screen. Spades- place a gem from those in front of your screen and put it behind your screen. Hearts- place a gem from the general supply in front of your screen. Clubs- take a gem from another player’s pile in front of his screen and place it in front of your screen.
The game is played a number of hands = to the number of players with each player getting a chance to be a dealer. During each trick if you cannot follow suit you may play any other card and immediately get the effect of that card. At the end of each hand if you took no tricks you get 2 gems from the general supply and place them behind your screen. For the rest of the players check and see who has the most cards of each suit and that player gets the bonus use of that suit’s ability. If 2 or more players tie on #of cards then nobody gets that suit’s bonus.
The game is easy to learn and fun to play.

 

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