Playing games is always a sure key to success for a laid-back night with friends. I don’t have a ton of board games at my apartment, so we’ll often pull out a deck (or two) and play a card game. Cards are great because there are a ton of games you can play no matter how many people are over. There are ones you can play on your own and ones you can play with a big group. Some have complex rules, and others only take a few minutes to learn.
If you’re in a hurry to get playing without worrying about intricate steps, two good card games to start with are Wish Solitaire and War.
Wish Solitaire – One player & one deck
Objective: Clear away all card piles.
- Take out all the two, three, four, five, and six cards in your deck.
- Shuffle the remaining cards.
- Next, lay out eight piles of four cards—all face down. These piles should be set up side by side.
- Flip over the top card on each pile.
- Pick up any card pairs—card suits don’t matter. So, if you have two 10s, pick them up. Two queens? Pick them up.
- Every time you pick up a card, flip over the one below it so it’s now face up.
- Once you’ve cleared away all the piles in pairs, you’ve won!
War – Two players & one deck
Objective: Win all the cards.
- Shuffle cards.
- Aces count as the highest card.
- Create two face-down piles, each with half the deck.
- Each player gets one pile.
- Both people put their top card face up in the center.
- The person who lays down the higher-value card gets to add both to the bottom of their stack.
- If both players play a card with the same number, that’s when the “war” starts.
- When this happens, you both put two face-down cards on the original one. Flip the third card.
- Whoever has now played the card of the highest value wins all the cards.
- On the off chance the cards match again, repeat the “war” process.
- Keep going until one player gets all the cards. Yes, this can take a long while.