Scitha

Number of decks: 1
Number of cards in the deck: 52
Number of players: 2-4
Card seniority: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, C, D, K, T.
The goal of the game: not to stay with the cards in your hands.
Game rules. A popular Swedish three-player game played in Norway and elsewhere in the Scandinavian Peninsula. Skitgubbe translated from Swedish means literally “shit man”, in Norway it is called Mattis and translates as “fool”. It can be played by two or four, but it is played mostly by three. The first deliverer is determined by lot or at will. The deck is carefully shuffled and each player is dealt three cards, the remaining deck is placed in the center of the table in a closed form and serves as a reserve, from where the players get the cards. Next, players must play 2 stages of the game. In the first stage, players collect cards for the second stage, and in the second stage, try to get rid of all their cards as quickly as possible.

Phase one. The first move belongs to the player to the left of the deliverer. The player must move his any card to the next player clockwise and this player must put his any card. After this player puts his card in response, then these two players get to three cards on one card from the reserve and the laid out cards takes themselves for the second stage, the player who laid out the highest card by value, the same player and begins drawing the next cards with his first move. Thus, all cards are played between players in the first stage, after which the second stage begins. The last card taken from the reserve determines the trump suit for the second stage.

Second stage. The player who took the last card from the reserve of the first stage, goes first in the second stage. He moves his any card to the next player clockwise and that player must beat that card or take it for himself. A card can be beaten by a card of the same suit, but of a higher value, or by a trump card, if the card being beaten is not a trump card. If the player could not beat or did not want to and took a card, then it is the turn of the next player clockwise for the turn. The beaten cards are added to a separate pile, which is called the rebound. Thus, the players play all the cards and the player who is the last to remain with the cards becomes the loser and in Sweden he is called a “shit man”, and in Norway a “fool”.

Note. There is a variant of the game, when in the second stage you can beat off the card of a walking player not with one card, but with a sequence of cards of the same suit, for example, one player went 8, another player beats 10, B, D.

When translating the rules of the game into Russian, I was left unclear whether the player in the second stage can not go with one card, but with several. It is possible that the second stage is played with the ability to move from several cards of the same value.