Bartok / Warthog
The original name of the game is, as far as I know, Bartok. But I
heard about the game through the net, and when I finally convinced
people to play this silly game with me, I couldn't quite remember
the name and approximated it as "Warthog". So the dozens of people
who have learned this game directly or indirectly from me have
learned it as Warthog. I may have gotten the starting rules wrong
as well, but with a self-modifying game, who cares?
A set of Aussie rules exists, maintained by
Matt King. The
main difference is that if you are wrong in giving somebody a penalty
you recieve a penalty yourself. Otherwise the game is very similar.
New players should go through the ritual of playing the game for the first
time with snide people who have played it previously, who can laugh at
you when you break rules they haven't told you about, and hand you
penalty cards for each infraction. But if you don't know anybody who can
fulfil that vital role and don't feel like making a trip to Waterloo and
the Math Comfy Lounge to meet with me, then read
The only thing that you need to know to understand the rest of this document
is that it is based on Crazy Eight's (take turns playing a card or picking
one up, and follow suit or rank of the card previously played), and that
every time a round is won by somebody playing all their cards, that person
makes up a new rule and explains it. Play begins again with that rule and
all others made during that session/evening (If you really want to get cruel,
start keeping rules from previous games!).
There is no ultimate winner (unless you make a rule about that). Play stops
when you decide to stop.
Since the best part of the game is thinking up new rules, cool rules, I intend this page to be a resource for ideas on rules.
- OEDIPUS JACK -- Any jack can be played on any queen, regardless of the suits. A jack can never be played on a king.
- THANK-YOU -- Whenever a player is given a penalty card, they must say thank-you, including when the penalty card is for not saying thank-you.
- NO-NAMES -- You may not use the names of anybody playing the game.
Rather than call me 'Lisa' you would have to say "Hey you" or "the woman
in green". Variation 1: Assign a name to each player. I once had
everyone choose a Lewis Carroll character name. Variation 2: First and
last names, of anybody present or not present, playing or not playing,
may not be used.
- CHANGE OF PENALTY -- Rules that require a different kind of penalty, such as more than one card, or performing a certain action, are fun. Specify this when you specify the rule; otherwise the standard penalty is one card.
Many different events can trigger a rule's effect, such as:
- A card of a certain rank is played
- A card of a certain suit is played
- A particular card is played
- A player has X cards in their hand (make this trigger happen even when the player goes past the required number of cards, such as if they pick up 4 penalty cards which brings them past the "three cards in your hand" trigger, it takes effect)
- Something happens outside the game
- The top three cards in the play pile are the same rank
- A prime/even/odd/red/black/face card is played
- DANCE! -- Useful to get people to loosen up! Choose a card that, when played, the player has to get up and dance for five seconds.
Don't Do It...
- Can't use the word "card".
- Can't use any numbers.
- Can't use the first or last name of anybody in the room.
- Can't refer to any card by its rank or suit.
- Cause the next player(s) to skip a turn, or
- next player to pick up X cards
- reverse direction of play
- Say a word or a phrase when a trigger occurs
- Cause somebody to have to wear "the hat" or "a hat" (or any symbol)
- Cause the person/people wearing the hat to have extra restrictions or priviledges
If you have any great ideas, send them to me!
Lisa Lippert(To my homepage)